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STIMSON, Adrian “Kayistisitpiimiyohkitopi – Pinto rider”

February 19, 1940- Siksika Nation, AB
September 10, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Adrian Stimson Sr. on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the age of 74 years at the Peter Lougheed Hospital.

Adrian was an honorary and formerly elected Chief of the Siksika Nation. He fought a good fight against an infection that finally consumed him; he was once a golden gloves boxer and never backed down from a good fight.

Adrian was a fierce advocate for the rights of the people, “niitsitapi”, a residential school survivor he understood the fragile nature of human rights and constantly worked toward mutual understanding and social justice, he was a Justice of the Peace for Alberta for 31 years and marriage commissioner for 6 years.

Adrian and Lesley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past June, it was a wonderful moment shared with family and friends. Arthur Bearchief his best man reminisced about those days at Shingwauk Indian Residential School where they met, Adrian was going to leave back to Alberta, Lesley was distraught, Arthur said, “do you love him?” to which she replied “yes”, “Well get going then…” Arthur said. That was the start of a 50-year adventure across this country.

Adrian’s family history came from Chief Heavy Shield and Chief Old Sun clans, the Bull Bears, Bearchiefs, Spotted Eagles, Smiths and many more. Adrian had an extended family that reached around the world; he adopted in the Blackfoot way many brothers, sisters, cousins and dear friends. He had a way of making you feel special; it was always amazing to see who he brought home or hear the stories of who he met on one of his adventures. He loved his friends. Once he picked up young couples that were hitchhiking across Canada, brought them home, fed them, told them Blackfoot stories then got them on their way. He was generous with people and in spirit. Adrian loved animals, he was bit by a dog when he was a little boy and the elders told him he would be a friend of the dog, his new little pups, Abby and Chloe and cat Moto will surely miss him.

Adrian was a Tribal Administrator and Band Manager for 24 years; he was an elected Chief of the Siksika Nation for 3 terms and Tribal Councilor for 1 term. He dedicated his life to the people, and often said “we got to take care of the people”, he always made time for everyone, and he loved “niitsitapi”.

Adrian is survived by his wife Lesley; sons, Adrian (Ian) and Jason (Pamela); his sisters Ruby (Fred), Yvonne (Johnney) and Elizabeth; his brother Roy Stimson; granddaughters Jonie (Blaine), Emily (Keyvin) and Chanell; and great-grandchildren, Sader, Danilyn and Mariah. He is also survived by his in-laws Nora (Rod), Frank, Jimmy, Kevin (Katie), Jeanette, Natalie and the Frayling clan.

Adrian is predeceased by his parents Adrian and Peggy Stimson; sister Dorothy; and son Faron Big Old Man (Fonda).

As per Adrian’s request a wake service will not be held. A Celebration of Adrian’s Life will be celebrated at Deerfoot Sportsplex (Siksika Nation, AB) on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:00a.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire memorial tributes in Adrians name may be made to Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), Po Box 99076, RPO London Town, Calgary, AB T1Y 0A6, Telephone: (403) 250-7377, or to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112,

In living memory of Adrian Stimson, a tree will be planted at Siksika Nation by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E. Telephone: 403-248-8585.

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  1. My heartfelt condolences to Leslie & Adrian Jr. plus the rest of the siblings. Adrian was well known in Canada. I work with him for about 20 plus year & he was one of my mentors, RIP Adrian.

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  2. I had the pleasure of working with and for Adrian for a lot of years and did not ever have a complaint about him. His humbleness and kindness always were first when he met people. He will be ever missed. A great man and leader of Indian country. My sincere condolences to Lesley and the kids, including the dogs

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  3. Bob & Nola Rintoul :

    Lesley, Adrian Jr., and Family

    Nola and myself extend heartfelt condolences in your loss of Adrian. He was a great man and The Siksika Nation will miss his efforts on their behalf.
    We will be unable to attend Adrian’s service as we will be away on vacation. This saddens us.

    Adrian Jr. You have always had a special place in our hearts and please accept our most sincere sharing of grief with you.

    Bob & Nola Rintoul

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  4. Mary-Beth Laviolette :

    Dear Adrian:
    Douglas and I read with great interest the obit for your father in the Globe and Mail on our ferry trip to PEI. We have no words of wisdom to offer but find within the story of your father’s life the seeds of your own journey as an artist.
    Support your mother as she will need you now.
    regards and sympathy Mary-Beth and Douglas (Canmore, AB)

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