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Norman Baptiste Pahtayken, “The Fella”, was born October 27, 1939 in Onion Lake to Harriet McKay and Phillip Pahtayken. He met and married Julia Opissinow and together they had 9 children, and were further blessed with 28 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. Dad was in the Onion Lake residential school, where he was an avid sportsman, with hockey being his favourite sport. In his lifetime, he was a farmer, labourer, hunter, and craftsman. He was known for making hand drums and was proud when people came by to purchase. Dad enjoyed visiting with family and friends, from the days of horse and wagon, he loved the connection with kin. With Dad’s sense of humour, he bestowed many nicknames to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, too many mention.
When mom and dad began their life together, they raised her youngest brother, Leo Opissinow for about 10 years. Their grandchildren Reanna Opissinow, Stacey Opissinow and Shane Opissinow also lived with them over the years, as everyone knows, comfort is always found at Kokom and Mosom’s. In 2014, mom passed away, but Creator had filled that void when their youngest grandchild Liam was born a few months before. We have been so blessed to have dad for 81 years, he has completed his life here with us, and has left us nothing but a loving legacy. Special acknowledgement to Onion Lake Health and Homecare staff for making Dad’s last days comfortable, ay hiy.
Norman is survived by: Anderson, Lloyd (Wilma), John (Beverly), Genevieve (Dion), James, Katherine, Steven (Justine); his siblings: Julia Crookedneck, Edward and Christina and in-laws; his many nieces and nephews that acknowledged him as their father; his loving cicims (28); and capans (24).
He was predeceased by his loving wife Julia in 2014; grandchildren, Shane in 2018, and great granddaughter, KeeAnna in 2018, Reanna Morningchild in 1993; his daughter Lorraine in 1995; his son Bruce in 1968; his siblings, Josephine Horse and George (Dot) Pahtayken.
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