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LAWRENCE SMITH

Born: Mar 13, 1927

Date of Passing: Oct 28, 2015

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LAWRENCE (HAPPY) SMITH (Hole in the Cloud) March 13, 1927 - October 28, 2015 It is with great sadness that the family announce the passing of Lawrence Happy Smith. Lawrence leaves behind to mourn his passing his wife of 61 years Sarah Mina, his sons and daughters Raymond, Beverly, Carl, Clarence, Marvin, Glenda, Gerald, Marlene, Kelvin, Deborah, Wendell, Emery and grandson Lawrence Menow. Lawrence also leaves also to mourn his 27 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren, his nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and numerous cousins and friends throughout Turtle Island. Lawrence was a commercial fisherman on Lake Winnipeg for over 65 years and had a strong spiritual connection to the lake and often shared his harvest with family and community members alike. He also believed strongly in self-governance and strong political leadership that would lead to the advancement of his community and all First Nations; he served as a Band Councillor at the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation for several terms between 1966-1979 and remained actively involved in the political area and served as an Elder for several First Nations political organizations. Lawrence also valued education and served as a school trustee with the Lord Selkirk School Division from 1971-1989. Lawrence was predeceased by his parents Henry and Armeline (Guimond); sister Verna (Grisdale/ Wells); brother Gus; niece Virginia and nephews Nick, Lawrence, Vernon and Eugene and Kevin. Wake service will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Private Tom Chief Community Hall in Scanterbury at 4:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m. also at the Private Tommy Chief Community Hall in Scanterbury, Manitoba. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nursing staff and support staff of the Selkirk and District General Hospital who took care of dad with compassion and understanding. Also thanks to the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. "Our husband and our father will always be with us and your love will always guide us as we journey on." Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhome.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 31, 2015

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I still think about you everyday and I miss you even now 6 and a half years later! I wish I had more time to of spent with you but I know that we got very close during the last few years of your life which were the best years of my life! Thank You and I love you Dad! Sincerely Wendell your loving son! - Posted by: wendell smith (son) on: Jan 10, 2022

  • I did not know Lawrence well, but I wanted to express condolences to Carl Smith and all of his extended family on the loss of their father and grandfather. Lawrence was an original board member of Debwendon Inc. and suggested the name Debwendon or "trust" in Ojibway for the organization that is charged with looking after the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail. Debwendon is made up of members of BON, Native Orchid Conservation Inc., Manitoba Model Forest, and Eastside Aboriginal Sustainable Tourism. His influence was far and wide. - Posted by: Peggy Bainard Acheson (Friend of family) on: Nov 03, 2015

  • I was blessed to have met Mr. Smith for the short time I did. I enjoyed the smile he always greeted me with. I recall his stories they were educational and heartfelt. His strong warm character will be missed. May his spirit and love for life live on in the many memories he left in our hearts. You were blessed to have such a wonderful father for so many years. Condolences to the family (Debbie). - Posted by: Myrna O'Soup-Bushie (Friend of family) on: Nov 03, 2015

  • I was blessed to have met Mr. Smith for the short time I did. I enjoyed the smile he always greeted me with. I recall his stories they were educational and heartfelt. His strong warm character will be missed. May his spirit and love for life live on in the many memories he left in our hearts. You were blessed to have such a wonderful father for so many years. Condolences to the family (Debbie). - Posted by: Myrna O'Soup-Bushie (Friend of family) on: Nov 03, 2015

  • We love you Grandpa. Love always your Granddaughter Leanne & my partner William & love from your 3 Great grand children L.J Henry, Charlize & Kylie Mooney Forever in our hearts papa. - Posted by: Leanne Gayle (granddaughter) on: Nov 02, 2015

  • Thank you Lawrence, for your example of a life well lived and for all you taught me about plants and the natural world. - Posted by: Doris Ames (friend) on: Nov 01, 2015

  • My sincere condolences to his wife and family. I will miss him at our annual powwow in Sagkeeng. It was always a pleasure to see him and his wife sitting in the Elder's area. Happy grew up with my Dad, Jack. No doubt they are visiting each other in the Spirit World. Rest in Peace, Uncle. - Posted by: Aldeen Starr-Mason (friend/niece) on: Nov 01, 2015

  • Rest easy my beloved grandfather. you will always forever be in our hearts and spirit. - Posted by: Robin Smith (grand daughter) on: Oct 31, 2015

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