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FOX, Marvin Maurice (Omahksipiitaa- Big Eagle)

November 5, 1935 – October 2, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of the great knowledge keepers of the Blood Reserve, Marvin Fox (Omahksipiitaa). He was a celebrated elder and educator, an author, storyteller, Blackfoot language keeper and translator, who devoted his life to the Creator, family and community.

Marvin was born and raised in Kainaiwa to George & Margaret (Many Fingers) Fox. Born into both the Many Children (Aakaipokaiksi) and Fish Eaters (Mamiaoyiiksi) clans, Marvin was immersed, at an early age, into the rich language and traditions of the Siksikaisitapiiks (Blackfoot People). Marvin became a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate where he was bestowed his Blackfoot name “Omahksipiitaa” from his grandfather Stephen Fox Sr., when he became a member of the spiritual society of OMI in 1963 and the Saaamiksi Society. Marvin persevered in his educational pursuits and was a lifelong learner and worked hard to acquire the tools to preserve his western and traditional knowledge and to teach others. He received a B.A. and B.Ed. degree from the University of Ottawa; he also studied linguistics at the University of Alberta, community development at St. Francis Xavier (Coady International Institute) and Management at the University of Calgary. After graduating, Marvin returned and worked for his community and the Treaty 7 First Nations for the next 30 years. He worked in various positions throughout his career with focused dedication spent towards the preservation and resurgence of Blackfoot culture and language.

He will be missed dearly by his loving wife of 50 years, Lily May (White Pup), sons – Andrew (Terry) and Rocky (Shirley), nine grandchildren; Mitchell, Staven, Courtney, Zachery, Donovan, Tico, Elijah, Kierra, Leighton, his siblings, Delphine (Woodrow) Good Striker, Norbert (Mary Louise), Tony, Leo (Dave), Bernard (Barbara), Chief Roy (Genevieve), Arnold, Jenny and Jacinta, his adopted sister Dr. Deborah Pace, his adopted sons Mitchell and Steve Buffalo, and his many nieces and nephews. Marvin was predeceased by his son Danny (2016), infant granddaughter, parents and grandparents.

Marvin’s greatest treasure was his wife, Lily May and their three sons and nine grandchildren. Marvin married his wonderful and loving wife, Lily May and they recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Marvin was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He led a busy life but always found time to participate in his children’s educational pursuits, athletics and personal endeavors. His family was often found playing golf and attending hockey games, amongst other sporting activities. Marvin’s children and grandchildren exemplify his teachings and his legacy will live on through them.

Marvin was kind, gentle and patient and lived life to the fullest. He possessed a pure, kind and radiant heart. His enduring lesson to all of us was to recognize and appreciate the Blackfoot language and traditional values. He inspired a vision to those closest to him to persevere in life and to develop our gifts that were given to us by Creator despite the hardships and many obstacles of life. He will be remembered as one of the great Blackfoot scholars of our generation and will be deeply missed.

Please join us in the celebration of Omahksipiitaa’s life on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Blood Reserve. Interment at Blood Band Cemetery, Blood Reserve, Alberta. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Marvin Fox, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Senting my heartfelt condolences to Lily, children, grandchildren and extended family.❤

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  2. Myrna McMaster :

    My prayer to you all at this sad time. May the creator give you all strength god bless
    Myrna McMaster

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  3. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Lillian and the boys and Marvin’s siblings. He was an outstanding man to know and be associated with. He will never be forgotten. My prayers and thoughts Rest In Peace Marvin

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  4. My heart felt condolences to Marvin’s family. Marvin influenced many people, especially those in the educational profession. I am sure his legacy will be felt for many years by so many teachers he has helped an mentored, including myself as a first year teacher many years ago.

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  5. Norman Manyfingers :

    My mother, Agnes and Marvin’s, mother, Margaret were sisters. Marvin was three years younger then my mother. I have found memories of Marvin and his brothers, Tony and Norbert playing hockey with the Kainai Chiefs. Marvin now joins his parents and my parents on the other side of the veil. Ñow Marvin makes his journey to heaven. I saw these things in the name of thy son, Jesus Christ. Amen

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  6. Janis & Clifford Manyheads :

    Dear Lily and Family, our heartfelt condolences to you and your family in the loss of your beloved Marvin; Husband, Dad and Grandfather. May you find comfort that You and Families are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  7. My sincere condolence . I have fond memories of Our days at St. Thomas Collage playing sports especially hockey. Tony Kollman.

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  8. J Maxx Yellowdirt :

    My sincere condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the family and many friends of this wonderful man. RIP Marvin.

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  9. Christy Lowrance :

    Dear Lil & Family,

    I am so saddened to hear that beautiful soul Marvin has passed on. I was so lucky to have met you both while working at the Iniskim Centre. I am so grateful for having known Marvin. He had such a big warm heart and was always kind to everyone. Every time I saw him he brightened my day, no matter how busy or stressed I was. My favourite time was when it was a cold, dark and miserable day outside. I came into the office and said to Marvin what a terrible day it was out there. He smiled at me and said “It’s sunny on the inside!”. Now, every time the weather is awful I hear his voice say that in my head and I smile. We just found out about his passing last night and the funeral is today so we won’t be able to make it. The staff here at Iniskim are sorry to have missed it. But we had a beautiful little ceremony for him in the new Iniskim Centre this morning to say how much we appreciated him and his work in preserving and sharing the Blackfoot language and culture with our students. We smudged and prayed for Marvin and your family, and a beautiful healing song was sung in his honour so that he may transition to the Spirit world safely and lovingly. Please know that he was loved and appreciated by all of the staff from Iniskim Centre. We send our love and prayers to you and your family. Always, Christy Lowrance

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  10. Lindsay Hope-Ross :

    My sincere sympathy to my friend Deborah Pace, and to all of his family and friends. Deb has spoken so fondly and warmly of Marvin that I felt like I knew him as well. He will be dearly missed.

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  11. My deepest sympathies. I studied a Blackfoot language course taught by Marvin at Mount Royal in 2007. I will never forget the stories he told us because in them were deep truths about life and living. As an English instructor at the time, I must have gotten on his nerves with all my questions but he never showed anything but patience. He had a big big heart. He touched mine. Rest with the Creator now. All my love.

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  12. George E Gallant :

    My name is George Gallant. I am so sorry for your loss. Marvin was a very talented man. He did some voice work for me a few years ago for a documentary on Aboriginal Justice I produced with Lois Frank. Please let me know how where I can send you a copy of his work.

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