Man Standing in Sweetgrass”
Napew Kaneepawit Wekusk
January 2, 1935 – August 29, 2021
William "Pal" Akapew, a well respected Elder of Little Black Bear's Band, was born January 2, 1935. He is now with his parents Robert Sr. and Alma (Favel) Akapew. Pal was called home by our Creator Sunday August 29, 2021 at the age of 86.
Also there to greet him are his brothers Cambell & Gilbert Swanson and Robert Akapew Jr.; sisters Hazel, Alice, Shirley, Catherine and Margaret; as well as many other loved ones.
Pal is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlene (Kinequon); together they raised 5 children, William “Big Guy” (Beverley), Elizabeth (Rick), Jennifer (Tex), Darlene (Howard) and Christine (Clarence Jr.); brothers Kenneth and Sidney (Joanne); sisters Elsie, Doris, and Ruth; sisters-in-law Anne, Tina (Paddy), and Alita; 10 grandsons, 13 granddaughters, 19 great-grandsons and 18 great-granddaughters; special grandsons Francis and Gilbert; special nephew Clayton “Jake” Akapew; adopted sons Tory McGregor and Chad Crozier; god-daughter Crystal Poitras and well as numerous relatives and friends..
Pal was a hard worker and a great provider for his family his entire life. He was an expert hunter, farmer, horseman and gardener. He thought the world of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially Cordell and Kashtin. He loved nature and was a teacher to many young ones all his life.
Pal was a band councillor for Little Black Bear's Band for many years as well as a respected Elder, he strongly believed in our old ways, our culture, and traditional ceremonies. He loved celebrating the holidays and always held huge family gatherings and meals. He will be greatly missed by all.
Thank you File Hills Community Health Services, especially Lois Dixon, for all her dedication and care she provided for him, Karen Loveridge, his specialist doctors and all those who provided care for him at Wascana Rehab, Regina General Unit 6F doctors and nurses, for all their compassionate care during his stay, and Cliff Davies for carrying him home.
Wake will begin Wednesday September 1, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. in the Little Black Bear Community Centre, Little Black Bear First Nation. Funeral Service will be held the following day, Thursday September 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the same location. He will be laid to rest in the West Cemetery, Little Black Bear First Nation
Arrangements entrusted to Conley Funeral Home, Fort Qu'Appelle SK. 306-332-0555.
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