Harvey Bondy

Died: Wed., Jan. 4, 2017


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In Loving Memory of
Harvey Andrew Bondy
“He Who Walks with Eagle Feather”
E-bimosed biiskowaad migizi-miigwanan
November 29, 1955 – January 4, 2017


It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Harvey Andrew Bondy who passed onto the spirit world on January 4th 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Harvey was born and raised in Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve the 3rd child and 1st son of the late Jeremie (a.k.a Jerry, Jenmee) Bondy and the late Josephine Bondy (nee Majaki). Loving Father of Lisa Marie (a.k.a. Leela) Lavallee of Sudbury, Seraphine Ominika (Joe) of Wikwemikong, Steven Bondy and Tammy Bondy of Toronto and Jenmee Jacob Bondy of Sudbury. Dear brother of Joseph Bondy, Julia Lamirantie (Terry), Rhonda Manitowabi, and his little sister/niece Ursula Bondy (Neil). Loving Papa of Jonas, Shaye, and Peyton Ominika. He is predeceased by siblings Bernadette Goulais, Rubina Bondy, Paul Bondy and his baby siblings Archie, Stephen, and Ursula. Survived by his Aunts Beatrice Bondy, Rita Recollet, Teresa Cormack and Uncles Julius Assiniwe and Theodore Bondy. He will be sadly missed by his Sundance Family and those who cherished his usual coffee visits.

Harvey leaves to mourn his wife Sharon Lavallee. Sharon and Harvey were teenage sweethearts and were blessed with Lisa Marie at a very young age. Sharon raised her as a single parent. Fifteen years later they rekindled their love for one another, Three years later they were blessed with a 2nd child together, Jenmee Jacob, they spent the past twenty- two years sharing their lives together enjoying their children, along with his visits with Steven, Tammy and Seraphine. Together they made a home in Manitowaning where they raised their son Jenmee.

At a young age Harvey understood the importance of work and began his first job working on the Norisle, followed by a variety of short term jobs. At the young age of eighteen he travelled to Toronto and spent twenty years working as a Window Cleaner working for mainly Classic Window Cleaners, and Summit Window Cleaners. He was one guy who was not afraid of heights towering over the city sitting on a chair or standing on a scaffold cleaning windows. When he returned to the north he worked a variety of jobs in Wikwemikong such as: Housing, the Marina, and Rainbow Ridge Golf Course till he found permanent employment with Ngwaagon Gamig Recovery Centre Inc., where he spent the passed 16 years. A job he truly enjoyed as he had hoped that he made a difference to the lives of those battling addictions. Harvey was humble, kind hearted and well respected man within our community. People who knew him admired his present path in life, they enjoyed his keen sense of humor and willingness to listen, and converse in his Anishinabek Language. He enjoyed doing many things, he loved watching his Son, Grandchildren, Nieces and Nephews play Hockey, he himself was an avid hockey player and prided himself on being a member of the “Wiky Hillbillies”, he continued to play hockey when he lived in Toronto as Wiky Band members formed their own team there. He and Sharon worked together making Native regalia and other products to sell. Sharon would make jingle dresses and Harvey would put the cones on them. His skill to sole a moccasin with great precision was remarkable. Harvey enjoyed his life on Manitoulin Island whether it be going to a powwow, watching a sporting event, helping out at an event, or just having a coffee visit with someone, he enjoyed all aspects of community life. He volunteered for “Meals on Wheels” since 1999 till the onset of his illness in 2010. He would wait in Wikwemikong following a night shift to delivery meals to the elders three days a week.

The elders looked forward to his visit as he was a fluent speaker in the language and together they enjoyed the short visits. Later, Harvey took time to go and visit elders at the Nursing Home. The elders there looked forward to having him drop in and having a chat. He was a traditional dancer who enjoyed listening to the drumming and singing, together with his family he travelled across turtle island to powwows. He overcame his fear of flying to attend the “Gathering of Nations Powwow” in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a man of great honor, in 1998 was has first time dancing at a Sundance in Sioux Valley, Manitoba. Each year there after, Harvey made his annual pilgrimage to the prairies to Sundance. He was instrumental along with his sister, the Late Rubina Bondy, in bringing the Sundance to Wikwemikong from Standing Buffalo, Saskatchewan, in June 2017 will be the fourth year of that four-year cycle. Harvey cherished his Sundance family and looked forward to the Sundance each summer. Everyone who sat with him enjoyed his stories, his teachings and appreciated his knowledge of the Sundance.

Harvey has gone onto the Spirit World but he will not be forgotten, his memories will be cherished by those that knew him. Ga-Zaagin, Baa-Maa-Pii Kawaabmin.

Friends and family are welcome to the Rabbit Island Community Centre at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6th for his wake until the Funeral Mass at Holy Cross Church on Monday, January 9th at 11 a.m. Interment in the Upper Wikwemikong Cemetery. Share your thoughts, memories and photos at www.islandfuneralhome.ca

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Norm Morrell
   Posted Fri January 06, 2017
My deepest sympathies to Sharon and the whole Bondy family.
Sharon I look forward to working with you into the future.
Hopefully, I can get to meet your children.
Deepest regrets,
Norm Morrell

Alice Pennie
   Posted Fri January 06, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to Sharon and her family.

jo boyer
   Posted Fri January 06, 2017
Sharon and family. Sorry for you loss. my sincere condolences; thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Howard Webkamigad
   Posted Fri January 06, 2017
gichi giisaach gii noonde nimaajaa yin ndo nowemaagan, niwewiipshkaan nigiiwe yin, baamaapii miinawaa gga waabimigoo, baamaa...

Annette and Wes Virtanen
   Posted Fri January 06, 2017
Dear Sharon and family,

Please accept our deepest sympathies. We were very sadden to hear of Harvey's passing.
We will always remember his kindness and gentlenes. He always entered a place with a smile.

Catherine Crowley
   Posted Fri January 06, 2017
My girls were friends of Jenmee. I just want to share my heartfelt condolences to the family as you mourn the passing of your father, Jenmee, and all of Mr. Harvey Bondy's family and friends. He sounds like he was a very special individual. My prayers and thoughts are with you as you lay him to rest.

Lynn & Norma Hughson
   Posted Fri January 06, 2017
Sending sympathies to the families at this sad time. Our thoughts are with you.

David Cormack
   Posted Fri January 06, 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss. Mom (Theresa) and myself have spoken in length about Harvey and others that have been lost to us in recent years and it's very sad. I pray that he is now in a place with no pain, no sadness and surrounded by loved ones who have passed before him. With much love, our condolences. ~David and Stephanie Cormack

Dorothy & Wayne ( Chipper) Chapman
   Posted Fri January 06, 2017
To Sharon and all the family, with deepest sympathy we send your way. Harvey was a great man with his gentle voice and kind ways. Harvey will be missed by anyone who had the pleasure to be his friend.

Al. Pangowish
   Posted Sat January 07, 2017
Baa maa pii miinwa kaa waam miin niich, "perhaps"

Grace Fox
   Posted Sun January 08, 2017
enwek sunaa geesotch--what a wonderful person --my sincere Condolences to you Sharon and all the family members--what a Loss! He will never be forgotten for his great works on Earth.

Larry and Corinne Leblanc
   Posted Sun January 08, 2017
Harvey was such a kind and caring man.He had a smile for everyone.His children carry on his sense of humour and kind ways.Baa maa pii Harvey.RIP.

Doug McCarthy, S.J.
   Posted Tue January 10, 2017
Dear Sharon,
I was so sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. I know what a great loss that will be for you and your family. I just want you to know that I am thinking about you and praying for you and your family these days. With much love, Doug McCarthy, S.J

Ila & Graham Lloyd
   Posted Thu January 12, 2017
We send our sincere sympathy to you, Sharon,Jenmee and the rest of the family. His presence at the hockey rink will surely be missed by everyone of us.

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