Indian, Paul

It is with deep sadness that the family of Paul Ka-Ga-Gi Indian, 81, announces his passing on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
Paul was born May 25, 1934 at Lake of the Woods, Ont. to the late Bob and Theresa Indian.
He had worked at several jobs, including as a probation officer, commercial fisherman, guide, trapper, and volunteer fireman. He also was a Native Inmate Liaison Officer until his retirement.
Paul had a deep passion for music and was a talented musician. He played many instruments and all of them he taught himself by ear, never looking at a piece of sheet music.
Without question, his favourite was his fiddle.
He often shared fond memories of his time spent playing in The Tomahawks. The Tomahawks were a successful band composed of all family members who played countless events across Northwestern Ontario in the 1970s.
Paul was extremely proud and devoted to live his life by the spiritual ways and the traditional way of life. He was a well-respected elder in his community and surrounding regions.
Paul truly brought life and laughter everywhere he went. In his lifetime, he healed and positively touched the lives of an endless number of people. He was an absolute blessing to everyone in his life.
He will be deeply missed and his teaching will live on for generations.
Paul is survived by his sons, Shaun Indian, Travis Indian, and Brad Kavanaugh; and grandson; Shaun Jr.
Also surviving are his sister, Catherine Kelly; and countless nieces and nephews, and great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Bob and Theresa Indian; and siblings John Indian, Louise Shebagegit, Tom Indian, Joe Indian, and Stanley Indian.
A traditional burial service will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at noon at the Onigaming First Nation gymnasium.
Elder Lawrence Henry will officiate, followed by interment in the Onigaming First Nation Cemetery.
A funeral wake will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 from 5 p.m. at the Onigaming First Nation gymnasium.
The pallbearers will be Shawn Kelly, Sheldon Kelly, Bryden Kelly, Jason Indian, Barry Indian, and Roger Allen.
The honourary pallbearers will be Moddy Kelly, Frank Shebagegit, and Larry Indian.
In memoriam donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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