July 25, 1932 – December 23, 2012
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Dad, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, Uncle, Brother, Friend, Cousin, and Husband, Hector Winnipeg Sr.
Dad will be remembered for being a traditional powwow singer and will leave a legacy of songs that he had composed. Dad is honoured that people will continue singing his songs. Dad began his singing career with the Bow River Ramblers and formed his drum group known as Big Four Drummers. He was the lead singer for the Big Four Drummers and followed the powwow trail for many years. Dad was the last remaining member of this group.
Dad will also be remembered for his great animated storytelling, whether powerful, sad or humorous. Dad was a man that will not turn anyone from his house and he always greeted everyone with a warm handshake.
He will be sadly missed by his ex-wife Elsie (who always made sure he was ok); children, Rebecca (Douglas) Many Heads, Caroline, Hector (Rhonda), Andrea White Eagle, Renwick (Laurie) WE, Harry, Jacqueline Biggs, Stephanie WE, Ethel (Miles) Old Woman; grandchildren Christina, Jason, Graham (Montana), Douglas, Tyler, Dalton Winnipeg-Darling, Brendon Potts, Kennett Wildman, Felicia (Jeremy), Shanille, Sterling, Kashtin, Joshua, Marie White Eagle, Tanya WE, Diane Smith, Jocelyn WE, Kaylem Scarrett, Shaylene WE, River WE, Serenity WE, Lacey WE, Adler Winnipeg-Howard, Nicole (Jerry), Ronald Biggs, Amber WE, Trey WE, Dulce (Lynn) WE, Raven WE, Julian WE, Darian WE, Randi WE, Tanzy WE, Quannah Old Woman; adopted grandchildren, Mitchell OW, Thora (Preston) OW, Teisha OW; and thirty-three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Jessie (Bill) Buller, Duncan (Ruth) Winnipeg; Bear Chiefs: Wallace (Teresa), Clement (Teresa), Arthur (Marie), Melvin, Roy (Eileen), Robert (Gwendora), Donna (Roy) L’hommecourt, Joan, Alvina, Celeste (Horace) Bull Bear, Patsy; Drunken Chiefs: Darlene, Arlene (Alvin) Black Kettle, Brian (Maureen) Stewart Own Chief; Olivia Good Rider and Philomena Tracy Quinn; as well as his adopted children, Elizabeth (Lil’Bit) Peace Maker, Alain (Al) Mignealt, Kirby Yellow Old Woman, Francine Brass; special nephews, Calvert (Cal) Yellow Old Woman, Sheldon (Spike) Winnipeg, Jack Yellow Horse and all nieces and nephews, too numerous to mention; family from the Mayfields, Yellow Old Womans, Turning Robes, Raw Eaters, Running Rabbits, Waterchiefs, Piikani Nation, Big Bull, Iron Shirts from Kainai, Hobbema, Soosays and Little Poplars; and from the U.S.A., Ground, Scabby Robes, and White Grass. We apologize for any family and friends we missed, too numerous to mention.
He was predeceased by his parents, Helen Winnipeg and Walker Bear Chief; Ross Soosay, Peter Weasel Calf, Rosie Yellow Horse, Campbell Winnipeg, Delma Three Suns, Francis Bear Chief, Clement Drunken Chief, his first wife Ina Many Heads, son Jefferey Crow Eagle; and granddaughters, Angel White Eagle and Dana Winnipeg-Noltcho.
Wake Services will be held at the Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbour (Siksika Nation) on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbour on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Paul Little Walker Cemetery (Siksika Nation, AB). Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Hector Winnipeg, a tree will be dedicated at Siksika Nation by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences