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James "Jim" Clifford Wabegijig

July 23, 1944 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

James "Jim" Wabegijig Obituary

In Loving Memory of
James "Jim" Clifford Wabegijig
July 23, 1944 - December 21, 2023

It is with great sorrow the family announces the death of James at the Manitoulin Health Centre at the age of 79 after a battle with cancer. 

Born in Sudbury, James was the second oldest of 12 children. He was raised in Naughton.
Travels brought him to Vancouver, Hamilton, Little Current, Sudbury, and Wiikwemikoong. He was a general labourer, harvester and driver. 

Jim, Jimmie led a full life, had a love for the horses and betting on his favorites, enjoyed sports especially football and baseball, fishing, poker, the casino, reading, sudoku, and the news. He harvested blueberries and mushrooms, enjoyed camping and spending time in  nature.  He had a great sense of humour, enjoyed comedy; always sharing his own funny stories and adventures.  He loved good conversation and a challenging debate! 

James greatest love was for his family. He was very proud of the accomplishments of his son and daughter. He had a special relationship with his nieces and nephews. He loved all his cousins. 

James will be missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew him. His wishes were to be cremated and his ashes taken to his favorite blueberry picking spots and other special sites, Buzwa, and Atikameksheng. 

Beloved father of Rodney Shawana and Roxane Shawana (Jeff Sipes).  Predeceased by children’s mother, Mary Dorothy Shawana. 

Beloved brother of Gail (Ken Shawbonquit), Myra, Sharon, Lisa (Rick Cote), Todd (Claudette); and brother-in-law to Roseanne, Bertha, and Janice.
Cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews across Canada.  

Special friend to Clara Trudeau, Diane Ba, Trudy, Leroy (Lana), Laurie, Darlene (Paul), and many grandchildren. 

Predeceased by parents Frank and Madeline (Naponse) and brothers Ronald, Harold, Dennis, Cecil, Gene, Melvin.

Resting at Rabbit Island Community Centre
commencing on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at 1:00 PM
until Friday, December 29, 2023 at 11:00 AM.
Feast to follow. 

Special thanks to Dr. Eric Nelson and staff of the Manitoulin Island Health Centre for the care given to James and to Island Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated. 

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December 27, 2023

1:00 PM
Rabbit Island Centre

Funeral Service
December 29, 2023

11:00 AM
Rabbit Island Centre


Canadian Cancer Society
1764 Regent St., Sudbury ON P3E 3Z8


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