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DENNIS GUY ANTHONY CICHELLY (published on December 19, 2009)



DENNIS GUY ANTHONY CICHELLY Dennis passed away suddenly to a peaceful place on Sunday, December 13, 2009. Finally, no more government and bureaucrats. Dennis was born on February 23, 1948 in Nakina, Ontario to Tony and Caroline (Synar) Cichelly. Growing up in Nakina taught him freedom and wanderlust, something Dennis took to the largest degree possible throughout his life. Taking his wanderlust to another degree, he and his young family headed off to Northwest Territories in the 1970's, first to Fort Smith, then Hay River and finally settling for a six year period of time in Inuvik where he was Postmaster for the Western Arctic. While in Inuvik he served as Justice of the Peace, Juvenile Court Judge, Notary Public and Coroner. He was instrumental in having pirate TV brought into Inuvik when the CRTC felt that CBC was enough for any community in the north. While in Inuvik he also served as President of the Lions Club and hosted a radio program on CBC radio and was a founding member of the Arctic Circle Press Club. In the early 80's, he moved to Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia and later to Halifax where he continued his employment with Canada Post as Manager for rural services. He then moved to Ottawa in 1989 as Manager of Northern Services. This took him to every town in Northwest Territories and Yukon and to the northern parts of seven provinces. He enjoyed seeing the friends he made while in NWT when he travelled back to NWT and Yukon. In 1991 he moved to Winnipeg and continued in the same position until he left Canada Post in 1993. In early 1994 he headed back to Nakina to start a business. Recently, he was in Sioux Lookout, Ontario as the General Manager of the Wellington Inn. Dennis treasured his friendship with his German Shepherds, Jess and Simba. He loved all animals and held them in high esteem, sometimes more so than many humans. Dennis leaves to survive, daughter Lisa, (Chris) of Calgary, son Christopher of Winnipeg, daughter Karen Salmonson of Souris, daughter Marlene Salmonson of Nakina, sisters Kerry of Geraldton, Bonnie (Ron) Gorman of Denton Texas, Donna Cichelly, (Eugene) of Kelowna BC, brother Tony, (Robin) of Ottawa, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and his companion, Joy Bridgwater of Sioux Lookout. There is also Uncle Ernie and his aunties and cousins. Dennis leaves behind many friends, too numerous to count. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in the future when his friend Agnese can arrive from Italy and his ashes will be spread on Cordingely Lake in Nakina, Ontario. Dennis maintained that the joy is in the journey. Those who knew him knew this has been fulfilled to the largest degree possible. Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming . . . Wow! What a ride!


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