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"WAB" 2004 Obituary


WABANGE o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2004-02-18 published
Francis Xavier DEBASSIGE
In loving memory of Francis Xavier DEBASSIGE, December 3, 1929 - February 14, 2004 who was called by the Creator at the age of 74 years at the Mindemoya Hospital on February 14, 2004.
Francis was born on December 3, 1929 in M'Chigeeng. Francis leaves to celebrate his life, Regina (husband Albert BEAUDIN) of M'Chigeeng, Bernard (wife Jan) of Sault Ste Marie, Fred DEBASSIGE of Zhibaahaasing, (friend Marilyn), 18 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Foster father of Gloria, Elizabeth and Rolland, brothers Gus and Isadore Phillip DEBASSIGE and sister Mary Louise. Predeceased by his parents David and Cecile (WABANGE) DEBASSIGE and brothers James and Ernest. he is survived by many nieces and nephews. Francis was a kind and soft spoken man. In his retirement years, Francis enjoyed being an avid gardener, caring for horses and watching all sports on television. In his younger days Francis was awarded the Tom Longboat medal for his athletic achievements in hockey and baseball. Francis cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed visits where he could speak his first language (Ojibway). Francis faced his esophageal cancer with courage. Francis, affectionately known as "Frenchie" by his Friends and "Papa Francis" by his family will be greatly missed by everyone. At his request there will be no visitation. Cremation will take place followed by a Memorial Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, M'Chigeeng on Wednesday, February 18th, 2004 at 10 am with Father Robert FOLIOT officiating with burial of ashes following at M'Chigeeng Cemetery.

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