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Leonard John "Alfonse" Osawabine
May 5, 1936 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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In Loving Memory of Leonard John Osawabine "Alfonse" May 5, 1936 - December 16, 2023
at the age of 87.
Dear son of John Baptiste and Agatha (nee Recollet) Osawabine (both predeceased).
Leonard is survived by siblings
Margaret (Earl) Renaud of Ottawa,
Patrick Niganabe of Mississauga First Nation
and Mary Jane Ross (Osawabine) of Sault Ste. Marie.
He is predeceased by
his baby twin siblings, who would have been the oldest,
Francis (Marie) Osawabine of Chicago, Illinois,
Rev. James (Celia) Osawabine of Mount Pleasant, Michigan and Mike Niganabe of Sault Ste. Marie.
Leonard lived in Toronto most of his life. He was well liked by the Toronto Native community. He would often visit his worker Nicole of the Toronto Council Fire. He would also pop in at the Canadian Native Friendship Centre and at Anishnabe Health.
Nicole spoke fondly of Leonard and wanted his family to know that he was a very kind man, full of humour who loved to make people laugh, joke and tell stories. Leonard was a free spirit. He wouldn't stay in one place for too long and was always on the go.
Leonard was taken away at a very young age and so had lost touch with his siblings. His younger brother James "Jimmy" was fortunate to find him and had some opportunity to visit and catch up on things missed. Christina, Leonard's niece, and Jim's daughter mentioned that her uncle "Alfonse" had called her dad about a month before her dad Jimmy had passed away.
We are thankful to Nicole and to Stuart of the Wikwemikong Ontario Works for finding us and helping us bring Leonard back home almost 80 years later to rest with his long lost relatives.
Family and friends will gather
at St. Anthony Daniel Church, Kaboni
Visitation on Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 3:00pm
Funeral Mass on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11:00am
Burial to follow in the Kaboni Cemetery.