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BELLEGARDE, William Wayne

August 14, 1950 – Lebret, Saskatchewan
June 14, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

William Bellegarde of Calgary passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the age of 67 years.

William was a Drum-keeper, Pipe carrier, Sundancer and helper. Along with several cultural duties, he worked hard for his people, in community development roles in numerous provinces, BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. His last project was the Creation Lodge out of Calgary, to bring creation stories to all people.

William, is survived by children Lenora Felix, Lonny Delorme, Stacy Murdoch, Don Murdoc-Ironchild, Sani Bellegarde, Ezra Bellegarde, Ayla Bellegarde, Stat Buffalo-Robe, Lliam Scout. Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, he had a special bond with Whispering Willow, Red Willow and Marnie Sikak.

William was predeceased by his mother Flora Yuzicapi.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held June 17, 2018 at 3pm at Marie Williams residence located at 281236 HWY 22.

With great appreciation to Audrey Mikkelsen and Marie Williams for the loving support and care through this final days.Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of William Bellegarde, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. my most sincere condolence on your loss, dear family and friends of Will. He was my friend and mentor at vnfc and I worked with him at the jails . he helped me with my walk on the red road. a kind but humerous and loving man.

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  2. Gerry Ambers :

    Love and prayers to Will’s loved ones. He was someone I appreciated in my life for over two decades. In all the time I knew him he was dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of our people. He followed his spiritual path with dedication and many times I was the recipient of his kindness and caring. He spoke often about his children and grandchildren with pride and love. I am so sorry that you have lost him.I will miss him terribly. Love and gratitude.

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  3. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  4. Myles Flaig :

    I was looking forward to more Creation Lodge events. William was a generous host at the three I attended. I learned some important lessons. I thank him for the kindness and wisdom he shared with the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good.

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  5. Andie Wolf Leg :

    To give my condolences to his children, family and friends,
    Eventually, have been able now to send my caring memories of William to his 1st two
    Creation Lodges. I have carried this message to William with & close to my heart.
    And really had to send out this heartfelt & compassionate story to how had gotten to know this courageous man to take on his dream to Creation Lodge.
    I had gone to William’s very first Creation Lodge. In the Winter of Dec 2016 @ Calgary Knox United Church.
    Was inspired to what I had learned from his guest speaker.
    William was a humble man. And saw at how he deeply cared about everyone that he met esp. to the 1st Creation Lodge 4 day event.
    He had taken everyone he met. With taking an interest & to spend time & give his patience to be with the group there to listen intentively to one on one, & in a group. To help/support in any way he could be of if asked. He had a way to acknowledge & respond to everyone in his presence, to the 1st & 2nd Creation Lodges I had attended.
    As I’m writing this message, I can still see on how he had that charismatic approach to see on how it would be to be in the shoes of the other participant in the chair next to him.
    The 2nd one was @ the Central Public Library on Macleod Tr. SE. In Feb 2017!
    And wanted to attend the last Creation Lodge’s that he had this past after Feb 17 to into the year of 2018! But was involved in another event & Events @ that same time.
    Remember him talking to me about the 7 gifts To know Love, Truth, Humility, Wisdom,Respect, Honesty, & Bravery!
    He spent the time on the breaks to chat one to one with me to how much on how he walked & lived with to be mindful whenever
    to feeling down & having times to struggling with the mainstream & diverse cultural people, places & things in life! To remember the 7 gifts to carry me throughout the day!
    I’m hoping that William’s Legacy will be carried on to the Creation Lodge he founded here in Calgary, AB.
    The Creation Lodge is a much needed to oral teachings that need to be taught & kept alive for William’s Legacy to carry on in the way he held his Creation Lodge’s.
    William worked tirelessly to being the Door Keeper to his unique Creation Lodge!
    He will be forever remembered through his work to his Creation Lodge. And William will be missed to being seen often in the Calgary downtown core!
    Cared about, Missed & Loved,
    Andie

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  6. Irma soltonovich :

    I just found out of Williams passing today. Condolences to the family. Ayla & Ezra do you remember the duplex up near Moss Rock in Victoria bc many years ago. I was the old white lady down stairs who worked at Wilkie with your dad and shared a living space . He was generous and inclusive and a visionary . With live Irma Soltonovich

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