May 5, 1943 – November 25, 2019
Zaagaateaash Adik Clan It is with great sadness that the family of Billy Wayash announces his sudden passing on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the LaVerendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, ON. He was born on May 1, 1943 in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation to John and Mary Wayash. Billy worked as a trapper, logger and tourist guide for many years. He was also the school boat driver and then the school bus driver for over 17 years. He enjoyed being outdoors, participating in Powwows as a traditional dancer, hunting and fishing. Billy loved to work with children, teaching, attending cultural camps and passing on his knowledge. He was a kind and humble man that loved to be surrounded by his family. His family will miss his great sense of humour and the way he kept them close, he was the glue that kept them together. Billy will be greatly missed by his wife Annie; 4 sons Brian Sr. (Carrieann), Bill Jr. (Carol), Colin and Garrett; 2 daughters Sandra Wayash-Calder (Jay) and Pamela Johnson (John Y.); grandchildren Kayla, Brian Jr., Ashley, Deanna, Ty, Chantal, Damon, William, Sebastian, Riley, Joel, Raiina-Summersett, Ray, JoAnna and Daniel; great grandchildren Evander, Nolan, Lyannah, Peyton, Piersten, Amariah, Cory, Kyrie, Merrick, Maverick, Miah-Rose, Phoenix, Peter and Zahara; nieces Elaine, Roberta, Debra and Carol and nephew Ted. He was predeceased by his parents John and Mary; brother Robert and grandfather Pete. A traditional wake will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Mitaanjigamiing Community Centre. Traditional funeral ceremonies will follow in the morning of Thursday, November 28, 2019 with Elder Gilbert Smith officiating. The pallbearers will be Brian Wayash Sr., Bill Wayash, Gary Wayash, Johnny Yerxa, Jay Wayash-Calder, William Wayash, Damon Wayash, Brian Wayash Jr., Ray Johnson and Elton Brown. If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, in care of Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, Ontario, P9A 3M8.
Alzheimers Society of Kenora/RR District
P.O Box 837, Kenora, Ontario P9N 4B5
- Traditional Wake Wednesday, November 27, 2019
- Traditional Funeral Ceremony Thursday, November 28, 2019
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