Born: December 2, 1941
Date of Passing: January 5, 2013
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JOSEPH WOOD

JOSEPH (JOE GUY) WOOD December 2, 1941 - January 5, 2013 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our father and grandfather, Joe Guy Wood, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his children; Florina Scott (Hedley) and Clarence Wood. His grandchildren, Derian, Neepin, Dayna, Geordie, Dylan, and Christmas Wood and Herman and Clarence Scott. He is also survived by his brothers; Etienne (Ed) Wood (Jean), Matthew Mason (Rita), Solomon Mason (Martha). Sisters; Therese Harper (late Oliver Harper), Nelliane Cromarty (late Donald Cromarty), Judith Flett (Douglas). Brothers-in- law, Roger McDougall (Caroline), Ronald McDougall (late Annie nee Wood), Tony McDougall (Tamer), Joseph William Flett (late Eliza nee McDougall). Sisters-in-law, Rebecca McDougall (late John Gabriel McDougall), Dorothy Harper (Paul James) plus many adoring nieces and nephews. Joe Guy was predeceased by his parents, John Wood and Kathleen Mason (nee Beardy), his stepfather, Allan Mason, his sister Mary Wood, his sister Esther Harper (late Johnny Harper), his brother Ernest Wood, his beloved wife Louisa Wood (nee McDougall), daughter Lynn Rinelle Wood, granddaughter Mary Esther Scott, Eliza Harper, mother to his grandchildren (Clarence), brother-in-law Zacharias Harper, sister-in-law Abigail Harper (nee McDougall), father-in-law Charlie McDougall, mother-in-law Adelaide McDougall. Joe Guy was born at Island Lake and lived in Winnipeg for a number of years; he recently returned to his home reserve of St. Theresa Point First Nation. His political and professional career started in the early 1970s when he served on the St. Theresa Point Chief and Council and then as Chief for eight years. He was passionate about improving the lives of First Nation people and dedicated his career to this cause working for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO), St. Theresa Point First Nation, Island Lake Tribal Council and as chair of the Northern Child and Family Services, as well as running for the provincial legislature in the Riding of Rupertsland. His passion for his native people showed right to the very end. He was proud of his heritage, of his community, of his people, of his friends, of his family and of his esteemed colleagues. He cared very deeply about his Roman Catholic faith and lived and shared by that faith. Joe Guy will always be remembered for his guidance and wisdom to his family, friends and to his community. He will also be remembered for his sense of humour, his creativity and for living life to the fullest. He was always straight forward and he got the job done. His sincere kindness will forever be remembered in our hearts. Though his work was his passion, his greatest love was for his family, especially for his children and his grandchildren. Viewing will be held at Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, 794 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg, MB on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. A wake will be held in his honour at the St. Theresa Point First Nation Community Hall with funeral service on Monday, January 14, 2013, 1:00 p.m. at the St. Theresa Point Roman Catholic Church with Father Messia officiating. Interment to follow at the St. Theresa Point Cemetery. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Concordia Hospital for their many days of care and support and to the all who have expressed their condolences to our family. Meegwetch

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 10, 2013

Guest Book(8 entries)

  • my condolences to joe's family. may the great spirit be with you all. i enjoyed working with joe and the membership in st. theresa pt.
    - Posted by: Edwin Edwards & family (Friend) on: Jan 14, 2013
  • Joe Guy was a very close friend with my late-dad Etienne Robinson. They were both great leaders and had a lot of wisdom. I had a lot of respect for Joe Guy; he reminded me of my late dad in many ways. From the Robinson family, he will be greatly missed! I'm glad I had the opportunity to know such a great man who had a big heart for everyone and wisdom. We are sorry we are unable to attend the funeral however we are thinking of you in our prayers. God will comfort your hearts.
    - Posted by: Edith Robinson-McKay (Close friend to my family) on: Jan 12, 2013
  • Condolences to the family of Mr. Joe G. Wood. Sending a tribute of gratitude to Mr. Wood, "Thank You"
    - Posted by: Carmelle Moar & family on: Jan 11, 2013
  • Sincere condolences to all family, friends & acquaintances of JGW. Time and time again, he demonstrated love of family, friends and First Nation causes. He had many assets/experiences, incredible knowledge and a true love for his work. He served his family, work & community to the fullest.
    - Posted by: Gail Gossfeld-McDonald (NA Board member from NCN) on: Jan 11, 2013
  • Passionate, smart, funny & very knowledgable ... You will be missed Joe
    - Posted by: Sharon Mason on: Jan 11, 2013
  • It was fun working with you, meegwetch.
    - Posted by: Matrine Therriault (friend and former colleague.) on: Jan 10, 2013
  • My sincere and deepest condolences to Mr. Wood's family.
    - Posted by: Pamela Friesen on: Jan 10, 2013
  • It was an honour and priviledge to have known him.He was a great man.
    - Posted by: Colleen Little on: Jan 10, 2013

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