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RIDER – Sandy Paul (Wagiya Ska-de)

October 15, 1947 – July 18, 2011

With family at his bedside supporting and comforting him, Sandy Wagiya Ska-de has taken his peaceful journey. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and the lives he touched. He loved life and lived to the fullest, especially for his grandchildren.

Sandy was a hard worker all his life. He attended Morley Residential School, Bible School, Ernest Manning High School and Mount Royal College. He lived his traditional culture and spoke the Stoney language fluently. He was one of the few people who took part in translating and developing of the true Stoney written language. He was a translator in the Stoney Cultural Education Program. He was a wilderness guide for the Wilderness Centre. He worked as a special Constable with the Stoney Tribal Police. He was a counsellor for the AADAC program in Morley. He was also a Bus Driver for Nakoda Bus Lines.

Sandy will be dearly missed by his family, daughter Lynel; grandchildren Shenelle, Dalason, River, Shay; brother Desi (Coreen); sisters Mary Jane, Cecelia, Phyllis, Lycrecia; companion Marie; adopted children Eliott (Gwen), Shelly, Vina, Neva, and Greg Jr. along with their children; special aunties Nora, Mabel and Reba; as well as many other relatives and friends. We apologize if we have missed anyone.

He was predeceased by his Mother Dorothy Rider (2006), Father Eddie Lefthand,; brothers Clarence (2011) and Quentin (2011), Auntie Flora Ear (1995); and brother-in-law Hanson Tym (2002).

Wake Services will be held at the residence of Desi Rider (Morley, AB) on Saturday July 23, 2011 and Sunday July 24, 2011. Funeral Services will be held at Morley United Church (Morley, AB) on Monday July 25, 2011 at 12:00 noon. Graveside Service to follow at Bearspaw Cemetery (Morley, AB). Forward condolences through

In living memory of Sandy Rider, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Darrin Blain :

    Our hearts are with the family at this time of loss. It was a pleasure to meet Sandy and to be working with him. All of us at Blain Law.

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  2. Laurie Wallace :

    To Sandy’s family & friends — and especially to his dear Marie — praying for strength for you as you prepare to lay Sandy to rest. He was quite a character — full of stories. I fondly remember the times he regaled me with tales of long ago while he was at Morley Community School helping Marie. Rest In Peace, Sandy — you will not be forgotten. ♥ ✞

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  3. pa-cha. nonie :

    My dearest uncle, Wa-wa. yesterday would have been your birthday. Mom, me, babe and aunty mom thought of you and shared stories about you. We took a stroll down memory lane and ate at your favorite place chicken on the way.. chocking on our tears trying to eat but the funny stories got us thru. your sister your brother and all of us miss you. you were one of kind and dear to us. we will always love you and miss you.

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