Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

429 2Nd Street South, Kenora, ON


Simon Roy Fobister

December 15, 1955August 5, 2019

Simon Fobister, a resident of Grassy Narrows, Ontario passed away on August 5, 2019 at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

He was predeceased by his parents Camille Fobister, Amanda Fobister (Hyacinthe), siblings David Fobister and Marilyn Loon (Fobister), Ross Loon, nephews, Quentin Quoquat, Cory Quoquat, Stedman Loon, Christian and nieces Wanda Loon, Madeline, Cecilia, Agnes, Irene and uncle Mike Stone.

Simon in survived by his spouse Lucy F. his siblings Mable (Edward) Kaj , Ralpheal (Barbara) Fobister, aunts Mary Nelson, Kathy (John) and uncle Archie (Diana), sons Leroy (Susan), Kari (Stacy), Ben (Janice), Brian (Tasha) and Brent, grandchildren Linda, Jesse, River, Mason, Beckham, Akcllies, Josephina, Riel, Banaise and Patience, nieces and nephews Yolanda (Gerry), Amanda (Sterling), Melissa (Terry), Micheal (Fawn), Izzy (Tashina), Edward Jr. Kaj, and Miranda (Chad), Anita (Jason), many more relatives, too numerous to mention.

Simon enjoyed hunting, trapping fishing, travelling and being at his cabin with family. He was the youngest Chief at Grassy Narrows serving over ten years as an active Chief.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wake will be held on, August 9, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Agnes Fisher’s Church, Grassy Narrows, Ontario.

Funeral Services will be held on August 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Agnes Fisher’s Church in Grassy Narrows, Ontario with interment to follow.

Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com



  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Wake Service Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 10, 2019


Simon Roy Fobister

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dennis Wallace

August 9, 2019

I am very sorry to learn that Simon died this week. Of all the leaders I have met in Canada over the past fifty years, Simon remains in my mind as one of the best. I had the privilege of knowing him since 1978. Even as a very young chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation, he distinguished himself as a visionary leader of his community. He brought Grassy Narrows to a world stage in seeking solutions to mercury contamination of the English Wabigoon River system. At all times, he had his community in mind trying to find social well being and economic opportunity for Grassy Narrows people. Simon had quiet confidence and determination which made him able to meet with prime ministers and world leaders. He always found humour and joy in situations that most others could not manage. His heart was with his people, and with First Nations people in Canada and around the world. He cared about all communities in the Kenora area. Simon deserves recognition for his accomplishments. I will remember him. My condolences are extended to his family and to his community

Bill Goepferd

August 8, 2019

I first met Simon and Lucy when they agreed to rent the lake cabin to myself and several of us from Minnesota. We invited them to dine with us on the last evening and it began a 20 year friendship to this day. We were impressed with his wisdom, kindness and knowledge. We visited for several hours that evening and he invited us to return the following summer. We even spent some evening fishing along with him and Lucy in their boat and we learned a few things about Canada fishing. We have watched the boys grow up and now their children. It has been a special time that we join the Fobister's and the Grassy Narrow community for a week every summer. We will miss our visits with Simon. But will return to Grassy in 2020. Thanks Lucy!!!