Leonard "Bernard" Oswamick

Born: Sun., Aug. 30, 1931
Died: Fri., Aug. 14, 2020


1:00 PM Sun., Aug. 16, 2020
Location: Family Home

Funeral Mass

3:00 PM Mon., Aug. 17, 2020
Location: Family Home

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In Loving Memory of
Leonard "Bernard" Osawamick
"Biimsko-Aashzhi Nini"
Sunrise: August 30, 1931 - Sunset: August 14, 2020

Bernard was born on August 30, 1931 and died on Friday morning on August 14, 2020 at the Manitoulin Health Centre surrounded by extended family.

Dear son of Alexander and Rosalie Osawamick (nee Fox)
both predeceased.  
Beloved brother to his surviving sister
Elizabeth Debassige (Norman predeceased) of M'Chigeeng.
Also predeceased by his siblings Annie, Charolette, Madeline, Cecile, Mary Louise, and brothers James, John WWII veteran
and Adam.

Loving Uncle "Zhishenh" to Dorothy Fox (Edward),
Adam Debassige (Lorraine), Calvin Debassige Sr. (Cathy),
Boniface Debassige (predeceased),
Donald Debassige Sr. (predeceased) (Winnie),
Wayne Debassige (Heather),
Conrad Debassige (predeceased) (Anne)
and Arnold Debassige (Lorraine).

Cherished Uncle/Cousin "Zhishenh/Niitaa'is" to
Barbara (Tom predeceased), Jean (predeceased), Donnie Assinewai,
Martina (Ron predeceased), Stan (Tish), Gertie (Max),
Beverley (Louie), Pat, Johnny (predeceased), Ricky Osawanimki,
Ann Marie (Patrick predeceased), Eddie Shigwadja,
Lilly (predeceased) (Paul), Joey (Clara predeceased), Darlene (Randy), Liz. and special niece, Elizabeth "Elizabethens" Osawamick.

Treasured adopted Uncle to
Francis Osawamick (predeceased) (Theresa),
Bella Shigwadja (predeceased), Stella Rose (predeceased), Isabelle(Dennis), Lionel (Carla), Richard and Wayne (Verna).  
Great Uncle and Great Great Uncle to many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly.

Bernard and his brother Adam were team farmers who raised cattle for a living in Kaboni, Wiikwemkoong for many years. Bernard spoke fondly about his career with the Ministry of Natural Resources for 30 years as a Forest Guide, Helicopter Pilot and he also canoed many lakes across Ontario. He always looked forward to the maple sugar bush, gardening, harvesting and haying on his homestead. He always shared many fond stories of long ago and the importance of protecting and caring for our Anishinaabemowin Language. He enjoyed life on the farm and felt very blessed to continue living at home with extended family at the Naokwegijig Residence.

Wake Services at Naokwegijig Farm
(Beverley and Louie Naokwegijig) at 1169 Kaboni Road
beginning on Sunday, August 16, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m.
Funeral on Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.
Internment at Wiikwemkoongsing Cemetery

Arrangements entrusted to Island Funeral Home

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Linda and Rick Rainville
   Posted Sun August 16, 2020
Our sincere sympathy to all of Bernies family. Rick enjoyed working at the Ministry fighting forest fires for 20 years with Bernie. Bernie was a quiet and very kind man. He will be missed by many.
Fondly remembered
Rick and Linda Rainville

Wayne Carnahan
   Posted Sun August 16, 2020
I am very sad to hear of Bernie's passing. Bernie was a great friend to all my Blind River family over the years. Bernie was the best co-worker I had for all the years we were on the Natural Resources fire crew travelling the province on project fires. I never did find another co-worker and friend like Bernie and will be greatly missed. Bernie gave me some wartime newspapers that was found in the walls of the old farm from 1943. The newspapers are now located in Ottawa with my son-in-law on Parliament Hill credited to Bernie's findings! A friend that will be truly missed!!!!!!!!!!!

Aazheniis Rivers
   Posted Sun August 16, 2020
My condolences to the family.

Wally and Patty Dunlop
   Posted Sun August 16, 2020
Wally worked with Bernie for many years at the MNR. He was a very kind and gentle man. He was a very hard working man & the best firefighter! Our condolences to the family.

Dave Easun
   Posted Mon August 17, 2020
As a student in the early 1980's I worked with Bernie for five summers at Blind River MNR Fire Control. Bernie was almost thirty years my senior but he could always whip my butt in the bush! One of my most vivid memories is when Bernie jumped out of a hovering helicopter - chainsaw in hand - to clear a landing pad. Done in a matter of minutes.

Bernie was a kind, gentle and dignified man. He had a great sense of humour and easy laugh.

He had the respect of all those who knew him and he will be fondly remembered.

Rest in peace Bernie.

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