Russell Taylor Tenniscoe, 78, of Seine River First Nation, Ont., passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at his residence on Seine River First Nation.
    Russell was born Nov. 5, 1928 in Port Arthur, Ont. to the late Simon and Phyllis Tenniscoe.
    Originally from the Golden Lake reserve in the Ottawa Valley, Russell lived his early days as a trapper, hunting and fishing in the areas between Atikokan and Thunder Bay, Ont.
    It was during this time that he met Lucy Kabatay near Huronian Lake, subsequently uniting with her.
    Russell then moved to Atikokan, where he worked a scraper for Caland Ore until the mine closed. He later moved his family closer to Lucy’s homeland (Seine River), where he worked for Pearson Forest Products in Glenorchy.
    The love for his children, who number nine in all, was what motivated Russell to live a long and enduring life. We all remember his passion for entertaining and enjoying the friendship of those who were fortunate enough to know him.
    Russell loved to sing while playing the guitar or violin. When he was not offering a helping hand to those around him, he was enjoying the great outdoors, continuing to hunt and fish.
    Russell will be fondly missed by all his family members, and by those who knew him to be a man of his word.
    Russell is survived by his nine children, Linda (Raymond) Goodchild of Pays Plat, Ont., Karen and Rob of Thunder Bay, Ont., Tyrone of Seine River First Nation, Ont. and Susie Langille of Thunder Bay, Ont., Cheryl (Kelly) Riley of Chippewa of the Thames, Ont., Bryan Kabatay and Lila Blackjack of Seine River First Nation, Ont., Ava Kabatay of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Patrick Kabatay and Norma Spencer, Michelle Kabatay and Glen Johnson, and Rosalyn Willie, all of Seine River First Nation, Ont.
    Also surviving are 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Richard, Gregory, and David Tenniscoe; seven sisters, Jean Sawdo, Geraldine and Joan Tenniscoe, Ruth, Margaret, and Noella, Sandra, and Bunny Tenniscoe; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    He was predeceased by his brothers, Louis, Edward, and Dennis; and sisters, Ellie, Rose Marie, and Florence.
    Funeral services were held Friday, July 27, 2007 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Couchiching First Nation, Ont. Fr. Francis Pudicherry officiated, with interment in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.
    Friends visited on the evening of Thursday, July 26, 2007 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Couchiching First Nation, with Elder Gilbert Smith officiating.
    The pallbearers were Raymond Goodchild, Kelly Riley, Donald Copenace, Curtis Copenace, Micheal Spencer, and Robert Campbell.
    The honourary Pallbearers were Ira Johnson, Travis Blackjack, Abe Hardy, Eugene Collins, and John Kabatay Jr.
    Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 920 Frenette Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3N4 or the Arthritis Society—Kenora/Rainy River Districts, Box 837, Kenora, Ont., P9N 4B5, or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.