Andrew Manitowabi

Died: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018


1:00 PM Thu., Nov. 01, 2018
Location: - Not available -

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Nov. 03, 2018
Location: Holy Cross Mission

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In loving memory of
Andrew Boniface Manitowabi
“Aabi Ntam Gish Kang”
April 7, 1922 to October 30, 2018

Of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory who passed into the spirit world on Tuesday October 30, 2018, peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Wiikwemkoong Nursing Home.  

Andrew was predeceased by his wife Josephine (nee Green), 1972, and his second wife Veronica Jacko, 2016.   Andrew is survived by his children James and Jennifer from Wiikwemkoong, Sharon from Thunder Bay, Judy and Walter (Marcia) from North Bay, Erin Morrison (Blair) from Sudbury and predeceased by Linda (1971), Ross (1980), Farrell (2010) and Lester (2014).  Also survived by his step children Jacinta Manitowabi, Marian Jacko, Noella Jacko and Diane Jacko. He is survived by his very proud thirty-five (35) grandchildren and thirty (30) great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother Gordon from Hanmer and predeceased by his parents Louis and Pauline, sisters Blanche, Lottie, Jessie and brother Rowland.

Andrew Manitowabi was a proud family man and community leader from Wiikwemkoong.  He was a war veteran who volunteered at the age of 19 to fight for his country and his community during WWII.  Upon his return from the war, he married Josephine and started his family.  He worked in construction for many years building roads in Wiikwemkoong and all over Manitoulin Island and the North Shore.   He served as Band Councillor in the late 1960s and 1970s.  During his time on Council, he pushed the development of a number of key infrastructure projects in Wiikwemkoong, including the Nursing Home – a place to care for the elders of the community. Andrew proudly resided at the nursing home during his final years and was proud of the great care he received by the loving and professional staff.

Andrew was an entrepreneur starting the family business known as Andys in 1966.  He wanted to have a local grocery store and gas station for his fellow community members.  He often joked that he needed to have a place where he can buy wholesale for his large family.  The business grew from its humble beginnings to a large retail operation providing grocery, hardware, clothing and gifts, electronics, banking services, gasoline and mechanical, coffee shop and laundromat.   Andys proudly employs up to 50 community members.  Andrew’s business philosophy was to provide local goods and services and create jobs for community members at the same time.   Andrew won numerous business awards including the inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year Award with the Waubetek Business Development Corporation in 1990 as well as the inaugural First Nation Business of the Year Award with the Northern Ontario Business Awards in 1994.   In recognition of contributions to his community and the Anishinabek Nation, he was presented with an Anishinabek Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Andrew will be resting at the Wiikwemkoong Recreation and Cultural Centre (Arena) from Thursday November 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  Funeral services at the Holy Cross Parish in Wiikwemkoong, Ontario on Saturday November 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  
Interment to follow at the Wiikwemkoong Veteran’s Cemetery.

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Brian Pelletier
   Posted Thu November 01, 2018
God Bless Andy and his family. Brian Pelletier

Ian Peltier
   Posted Thu November 01, 2018
Condolences to the Entire Manitowabi Family. May you find peace and serenity as Andrew makes his final journey home.

Freda Recollet
   Posted Thu November 01, 2018
My sincere condolences to the Manitowabi family.

Mary Green
   Posted Thu November 01, 2018
For he who comes, comes with a good heart and shall enter the gates of heaven. He will drink the pure sweet water from the Creator's stream and eat fresh fruit from his trees. He shall join his ancestors, who went before him and he will be missed by his descendants to follow in his footprints. Rest in peace.

Doug McCarthy, S.J.
   Posted Thu November 01, 2018
Deepest sympathy to all of Andy's family. You are in my prayers and I have offered a Mass for Andy. With every good wish, Doug McCarthy, S.J.

Deborah Pheasant
   Posted Thu November 01, 2018
Deepest Condolences n Prayers to the Manitowabi Family!

Regina Mandamin Borg
   Posted Thu November 01, 2018
Sincere Condolences to the Manitowabi Family.. He will always be remembered by us all.

Art Jacko
   Posted Thu November 01, 2018
Condolences to the Manitowabi Family. Andrew touched and help many people, very special and kind hearted anishinabe.

Theresa Mirka
   Posted Fri November 02, 2018
In our thoughts and prayers. From everyone at Brady clinic

Dianne M Musgrove DOS
   Posted Fri November 02, 2018
Condolences to all the family and friends and community at the passing of such a kind and generous man and leader and Grandfather model. Know that he walks in the Creator's garden this day,waiting for all of you to join him one day. Sending prayers and putting down semma in thanksgiving fr his life. Ba ma pii

Pamela Peltier
   Posted Sat November 03, 2018
Our sincere condolences to our uncle Andy from nieces and nephew of Ottawa. Jerry, Maryann and Pamela Peltier.

Canadore College
   Posted Sun November 04, 2018
Deepest condolences to the family on behalf of the Canadore College community.

Willy van Ee Mejaki
   Posted Fri November 09, 2018
Onze Innige deelneming , aan de family , we zijn erg blij dat we hem mochten ontmoeten ,en als family mochten beschouwen en ook als een goede vriend van ons is geworden , en ook ontzettend blij dat ik hem nog bezocht heb , een paar weken terug in wikkie , voor mijn vrouw mijn kinderen en mij ,was hij very special , hij was mijn vader zijn vriend en werd ook onze vriend , tot later Willy Hannah Roy Mike

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