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CELLO GILROY MEEKIS (published on April 11, 2009)

CELLO GILROY MEEKIS Cello Gilroy Meekis, age 58 years, passed away on Friday March 27, 2009 at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg Manitoba after a courageous battle with various illnesses related to diabetes. Cello was born March 26, 1951 near the First Nation community of Deer Lake, Ontario. He was the fourth of 13 children born to Samuel and Virginia Meekis. Cello was married to Sopena Ruth (Beardy) for over 37 years. Cello raised his family in the communities of Deer Lake, Stormer Lake, and Red Lake Ontario. Cello will be greatly missed by his loving wife; three sons, Collin Gilroy (Heather, with children, Jolene and Ryan); Clarence Cello (Karyn), and Carlton James; and also by his grandchildren Angelica and sister Alyssia, and siblings; Clarence Indio, David Skye, and Rayne Grace. He is also survived by his mother along with two brothers and seven sisters. He was predeceased by his father; a brother, and two sisters. A funeral service was held in Red Lake Ontario on April 1, 2009. Interment followed at Red Lake Cemetery. The Meekis family would like to express great thanks and appreciation to the doctors and staff of the St. Boniface General Hospital, with special recognition to the staff of the Peritoneal Dialysis Unit for providing great care for Cello during his ongoing treatments. Should friends so desire, memorial donations can be made to the Patient Dialysis Comfort Fund through Herold Funeral Home The Red Lake Chapel Box 237, Red Lake, ON P0V 2M0.

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