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Louis Simard Sr. – 1939 – 2014

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Louis Simard Sr. – 1939 – 2014

Louis Simard Sr. was born September 12, 1939 in Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba. He lived a traditional lifestyle; spending his youth in Bisset, MB. In his adult years he lived the majority of his life in Balmertown, Ontario and then retired in Dryden, Ontario.

At an early age, Louis joined the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, 1st Battalion, enrolling in Calgary in 1957, serving a total of 11 years. Private Simard was stationed in Victoria, BC, he spent 2 years in Germany, as well as earning a medal for service during his time in Cyprus. He retired from military service in 1968.

As a young man he worked in the bush, as a fishing guide in Northwestern Ontario. He had over 30 years’ experience working in the mining industry, including Dickenson Mines and later at Musselwhite Mine, as a Human Resource Consultant.

Louis found his true love, Bessie on August 25, 1970 and they married on October 9, 1982. He has 2 beloved children; Christine and Louis Jr., 8 grandchildren; Aaron, Lakotah, Shayla, Joshua, Tyler, Nevada, Jackson and Joseph. He is predeceased by his sons Bradley and Jimmy and grandson Kendra.

He became a recognized Deacon of the Catholic Church in 1999, serving 15 years throughout Northwestern Ontario.

He was a committed community leader, always giving of himself, a strong voice and advocate for Urban Aboriginal people and those living in poverty. Louis served on numerous committees and working groups in the community over the years, always encouraging Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to respect each other and work together for the betterment of community citizens. He served as a President and Director on the Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre and most recently at the Dryden Native Friendship Centre. He had strong values, and was passionate about human rights and work ethics. Louis believed in supporting his family, his people and his community.

Visitation was Thursday June 12, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Dryden Community Funeral Home’s Chapel, followed by a Traditional Service with Elder Robert Kelly officiating.

Visitation was Friday June 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass with Legion Honour Guard at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Bishop Colli officiating.

Interment followed in the Dryden Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made to the DRHC Room Refurbishing through the Dryden Community Funeral Home 249 Grand Trunk Ave., Dryden, ON P8N 2X3.

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