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BIG PLUME, Benjamin (Benny) Vivian Chàgúzàghà

June 12, 1943 – April 27, 2013

It is with great sadness that the Big Plume family announces the loss of Benny, elder, brother, father and grandfather of the Tsuu T’ina Nation. Benny passed away peacefully at his home on April 27, 2013 at the age of 69 years.

Benny was born and lived all his life on the Tsuu T’ina Nation. Benny was a great grandson of Chief Bullhead, who made treaty with Queen Victoria. He actively competed in Professional / Indian Rodeo. Benny also served and worked for the Tsuu T’ina Nation in various capacities; former Chairman of the Tsuu T’ina Police Commission, active chairman of the Tsuu T’ina / Stoney Corrections Society, Casino Charity Board, Tsuu T’ina Fire Department and various departments within the Tsuu T’ina Administration. Benny was also a successful independent Entrepreneur. He owned and operated DJS Confectionary, DJS Water Services, Construction Company and Riding Stables. Benny’s passion was horses, owning and training racing quarter horses. Benny believed in his traditional values and was a member of Sundance Ceremonies.

Benny is survived by his wife Darlene and his children; Christopher (Tania) Big Plume, Gaylene Drunken Chief, Crystal Big Plume (Richard), Daniel Big Plume, Shanel Beebe (Dan), John Big Plume and Jewlee “My Baby” Big Plume. His grandchildren; Tiffani Whitney, Trenten Whitney, Dashaun Drunken Chief, Kayla Drunken Chief, Britney Drunken Chief, Sharene Drunken Chief, Brandon Drunken Chief, Alice Minogue; and adopted grandchildren Seth Cardinal, and Cateri Cardinal. His special nieces, Tammy Dodginghorse (Allan), Patty Devine and Lacy Devine. His sisters, Faye Sewall (Jim), Joan Pascoe, Carol Gottfriedson, Connie Big Plume and Regena Crowchild; brother Larry (Flora) Whitney; sisters-in-law Rev. Angeline Dodginghorse and Vera Big Plume; godson Darrell Crowchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ben was predeceased by his father Chief Dick Big Plume and his mother Lucy Big Plume; brothers Jacko Big Plume, Jeremy Big Plume, Austin Big Plume, Robert Dodginghorse; sister Gail Parsons; daughter Sally Emma Big Plume and nephews Denny Bish and Lance Dodginghorse.

Benny Big Plume is lovingly remembered by his family and friends. The family wishes to thank Tsuu T’ina Chief and Council, the nursing staff at Foothills Hospital, Unit 37, Tsuu T’ina Dr. Thomas Murray Health and Wellness Centre home care and many friends that have provided moral support and prayers for him and our family. A special thank you to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada for their donation to The Kidney Foundation, in memory of Benny.

Wake Services will be held at the residence of the late Benny Big Plume (Tsuu T’ina Nation, AB) on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Service will be held at the Sarcee Seven Chiefs Sportsplex (Tsuu T’ina Nation, AB) on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Tsuu T’ina Cemetery. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Benjamin Big Plume, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Prayers for healing to all your family and friends Benny, there is so many lives that you have touched in so many ways. I am one of hundreds that is proud to call you Friend. R.I.P. Brother.

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  2. Marg Schrader :

    Benny was a great guy. My deepest sympathy to all the family along with my thoughts and prayers for all the family. I thank God for the honor of knowing him.

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  3. Donna Hogeland (Morley, AB) :

    To Darlene and the Big Plume families: I was saddened to learn of Benny’s passing. I was first introduced to Benny in 1992 when he and my late husband, Peter Wesley, were original members of the Board of Directors for the Tsuu T’ina Nation/Stoney Corrections Society. They both completed 20 years of continuous service. Benny always had a sense of humour, combined with a healthy respect for others, and a proud reverence of his Tsuu T’ina heritage and culture. May your many memories bring you comfort during this time of sadness. I hope it helps somewhat to know that others are keeping you all close in thought. ~ Kindest personal regards, Donna Hogeland

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  4. I am going to miss my friend. Sending my prayers to his family especially Jewlee

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  5. Barbara Havier :

    I am in disbelieve of my finding this news of a great friend. Our deepest condolences from our family in Arizona. I wish the obituary had a picture of Benny because it is difficult to accept that this is the same Benny who came to visit our family on occasion. We had been waiting for him but did not know he was ill.

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