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BULL BEAR – Harrison (Apoyihkinni)

September 7, 1925 – December 11, 2010

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our much-loved Harrison Bull Bear. He went home peacefully to be with the lord and reunite with his beloved wife Jane (Medicine Shield) Bull Bear (Mahnahkii) on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the age of 85 years.

Harrison was born and raised on the Siksika Nation reserve where he attended the Old Sun Indian Residential School. In his early years, he enjoyed Hockey as a goalie for the Blackfoot Braves; and Rodeo as a saddle bronco rider; he also valued the traditional way of life, attending pow-wows. Harrison was a hard worker providing for his family as a coal-miner, farmer and horseman. He will be remembered for his gentle and humorous nature as well as his devotion to his treasured family especially his great granddaughter Cassandra.

Harrison is survived by his children Reverend Rupert (Marie) Bull Bear, Evangeline (Joe) Leather and Floyd (Karen) Medicine Shield; the grandchildren he raised Shawn (Ellafaye) Medicine Shield, Rowena Yellow Old Woman; as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers Robert (Rosemarie), Davis, Horace (Celeste) and sisters Roselyn, Bobbi and adopted sister Wanda Calf Robe. He also leaves to mourn numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. The family apologizes to those that may have been missed. He was also predeceased by children Celina, Elizabeth and Theresa Medicine Shield; brothers Harry and Gaby Bull Bear; sisters Joyce and Mary Ciline Bull Bear. We would like to extend our appreciation to the doctors and nurses who cared for him during his brief stay in the Medicine Hat Hospital.

The wake services will be held at the residence of Joe and Evangeline Leather, Siksika Nation, Alberta on Friday, December 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm.

Funeral Service will be celebrated at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Siksika Nation, Alberta on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11:00 am with the Rev. Gary Laboucane, OMI, Presider. Graveside service to follow at the Little Washington Cemetery.

In living memory of Harrison Bull Bear, a tree will be planted at Siksika Nation by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Carla Waterchief :

    My deepest condolences to the family, Harrison was a kind and gentle man who always welcomed me and my sisters when we used to hang around with the late Theresa. God bless you today and always.

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  2. marisa medicine shield :

    my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this most diffucult time. my dad and father in law i love you and i wil always love you and remember you in my heart always.

    love your daughter in law
    marisa medicine shield

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  3. cassandra medicineshield\bullbear :

    Grandpa I love you and miss you so much it’s so empty at the house without you. Please dont go, I remember you were always there for me. You were there when I was born untill now

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  4. cassie medicine bear :

    grandpa dad i love you i miss you so much you were always hear for me right since birth its hard 4 me cause your not home anymore its lonley at the house we hardly do anything any more i love you

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  5. kasha nichelle medicin shield :

    You’ve been gone for almost a year now. It is so lonley for the whole family. Your greatgranddaughter kasha medicine shield

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  6. kasha nichelle medicine shield :

    I Miss You So Much I Am Use To You Always Used To Sing Your Pow-wow That Made My Day At Night I Stayed Up With You Watching Tv With You I Miss You So Much

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  7. cassandra medicineshield/bullbear :

    You’re gone it’s still gonna take awhile to process from all this pain and heal, but i’ll always remember your last words you said to me that was *my girl grandpa’s gotta go, I love you, never forget me* then you closed your eyes took your last breath and made your journey to be with the Lord, know your loggin. I love you always and forever, Cassie ms bb

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  8. cassandra medicine shield :

    hi grandpa its been almostc2 years now since you left us since you took your last breath and said good bye i will never forget you people are always saing that it is time for me to move on that your gone but i now ur not gone ur still hear watching me your my guardian angel

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  9. Kasha Nichelle Medicine Shield :

    Hi grandpa Kasha here, I miss you sooooo much I just wanna hug you & see you just one last time it’s been what 2 years going on 3 oh how I miss your kindness & generousity I know I’ll see you again (:

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