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May 3, 1953 – October 29, 2012

John Peter Little Light passed away peacefully at the Rockyview General Hospital, Calgary AB on Monday October 29, 2012 at the age of 59 years after a lengthy illness with his family by his side.

John is survived by his wife Peggy White Quills, Sons; JP (Lenee) White Quills and Jason Bates, Daughters; Pamela (Kendall) Badger and Lee Ann McMaster, his adopted daughter Delaine (Steve) White Quills-Frank, loving grand-daughters; Kaitlyn, Sienna, and Tecoa, Siblings; Frank (Heather) Little Light, Gloria Little Light, Ronnie (Theresa) Little Light, Glen (Paulette) Little Light, Gordon Little Light, Karen (Glen.M) Little Light, Ellen Little Light, Francis Candy Little Light, Della (Jerome) Little Light, Cody (Carol) Little Light, Caroline Alexis (Tracy, Rhonda and Carrie Ann), Step Father, James Calf, Aunts; Theresa, Sally, Eileen (Maurice), Sidney (Melva) Black, Sheila Black, Stan (Roxanne). In-Laws; Vivian (Dion) White Quills, Vera White Quills, Tammy (Ed) White Quills-Knife, Eugene (Lucille) White Quills, and Kirk (Lorna) White Quills and numerous nieces and nephews. Extended families; Black, Little Light, Back Fat, Breakers, Many Guns, Bear Hats, Royals, Poor Eagle and Relatives from Tsuu T’ina, Browning, MT, and Crow Agency. Special mention: John and his brother Ron spent a lot of time with their adopted family the Red Crow’s of Siksika, lived with them for 4 years.

John was born on May 3, 1953 the second eldest child of Francis and Patricia Little Light of the Siksika Nation. He spent the first 6 years of his life living in Spokane, Washington and upon returning to Siksika attended Residential and Day School at Crowfoot and Old Sun. He later participated in a Mormon Placement Program for three years which took him to southern Alberta schools in Milk River and Bow Island. John returned to Siksika, attended the Old Sun College and then to Drumheller. John was a very intelligent individual and pursued a higher level of education at the University of Calgary graduating with his bachelor of Social Work degree, his professors spoke highly of his intelligence and encouraged him to tutor students.

John loved to travel and brought him too many places such as Vancouver and across the United States. He shared his travel adventures and experiences with family and friends.

Later in life John entered a new phase of life, was a friend of Bill W., for 31 years and helped a lot of people turn their lives around. His employment choices were evident of his desire to help people. He was employed with Crowfoot Sunrise, Woods Homes and Director of Siksika Family Services. He participated as a board member for The Calgary Friendship Centre, Treaty 7 Housing and Awo Taan Healing Lodge.

John was very competitive and excelled in whatever he tried whether it was playing card games, reading, leather crafts, beading, camping, fishing, pool, bingo, and was unbeatable in the game of trivial pursuit. He enjoyed going to hockey games, pow wows, hand games and looked forward to family vacations.

He devoted his life to AA Meetings/Activities and his grand-daughters who meant the world to him. John will be sadly missed by all who knew and met him.

John was pre-deceased by his parents; Francis and Patricia (Black) Little Light, and Little Light Family members; Elsie Eagle Child (Black), Alvin Stevens, Bedford, Fred (Beverly Blood), Tracey, Eldon, Smokey, nephew Dillion, nieces; Jillian and Dana, Royal Family Members; Stanford, Charlene and Gino. In-Laws; Olive (White Quills) and Jonas Fox, Robert White Quills, Flora and Melvin Creighton. The Family wishes to apologize for any names that may have been missed.

The Wake Services will be held on Friday November 2, 2012 starting at 6:00 p.m. Gordon Yellow Fly Dance Arbor Siksika, AB. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday November 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. @ Holy Trinity Parish, Siksika, AB Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of John Little Light, 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. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. John was a special person. Hold tight to memories for comfort.


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  2. I am so grateful to have seen John in the hospital two weeks ago. His eyes lit up when he saw me – a fellow member of AA – something of which I know was very near and dear to him. John was a very treasured member of our group and his wisdom and contribution will be missed. God bless you all,
    Darlene D.

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  3. Listening to Tom King on CBC saying that most non-Natives have stereotypical ideas about Natives, I immediately thought about John and googled his name. I was dismayed to read he’d died. Decades ago, I was a nurse at Wood’s Homes for about a year and a half and enjoyed interactions with John so much. His intelligence shone, his clear-eyed compassion for troubled teens was evident and his avoidance of “praise” was striking — he was embarrassed by awards for his achievements. I choked with laughter when a teen asked if anyone around was good at haircuts, as she needed one. John instantly said, straight-faced, that his ancestors were good at that. He was appreciated and admired.

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