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ALBERT FONTAINE  (published on January 15, 2008)

ALBERT FONTAINE (1914 - 2008) Peacefully on Sunday morning, January 13, 2008, Chief Albert Fontaine, the eldest male member of the Sagkeeng First Nation, passed away with his loving family by his side. Albert will be dearly missed by his daughters; Louise (Dolly) and Shirley (Chips). He is survived by his grandchildren; Daniel (Gina), Jason, Christopher (Del), Sandi (Steve), Derek (Susan), Shawn (Sally), Ian (Sylvia) and Farrell (Ron). Albert was also so proud of his 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Albert was predeceased by his wife Margaret, five children, parents, eight brothers and four sisters. Albert was born on January 3, 1914, in Fort Alexander, Manitoba. He attended the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School. Despite the difficulty of his experience at the school, Albert remained positive and devoted to his community. He and Margaret were married for 60 years and were loving parents to seven children. Albert worked hard throughout his life. As a young man, he worked in various areas such as the paper mill, train conductor, trapper, prospector, hunter, trapper and retired from the Sagkeeng Consolidated School as maintenance engineer. Albert continued to work long after retirement and was always busy helping and being involved in his community. He will be forever remembered as a respected elder. Albert was also active in First Nation politics and was the Chief of the Sagkeeng First Nation from 1964-1966. As Chief, he was instrumental in community development and his accomplishments are still evident today. He was especially proud that members of his family have continued to provide leadership to the First Nations' community. The family would like to thank Dr. Ijaz, the nurses and staff at the Pine Falls General Hospital for their care and support. The family also acknowledges and extends our sincere gratitude to grandson Daniel and his partner Gina for taking such good care of grandpa! Your sacrifice, commitment and love for him will never be forgotten. Pallbearers will be his eight grandchildren. A sacred fire began to burn on Sunday and will continue until Thursday. A traditional wake will be held on Monday, January 14 to Wednesday, January 16 at the Fort Alexander Catholic Church. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2008, at the Fort Alexander Catholic Church. RUSSELL'S of Beausejour, Manitoba are in care of arrangements. Call 1-866-424-6271 toll free or 268-2263. CANADIAN INDEPENDENT since 1941

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