Jean Bombay

Jean Bombay (Medicine)

Tuesday, May 15th, 1934 - Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Jean Bombay

Dodem – Loon (Maang)

May 15, 1934 – November 30, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother who started her journey into the spirit world the evening of Monday, November 30 in the comfort of her own home. Her path was fully lit by the full moon while being surrounded in love by her children and grandchildren.

Mom was born in Manitou Rapids May 15, 1934 to Albert & Eva Medicine she was the 6th child of 8. She had attended residential school at St. Margaret’s in Fort Frances from the ages of 9-15. At the young age of 15, Mom lost her mother and moved to Sioux Narrows to live with her older sisters, Violet and Sarah and went to work at various camps in that area.

In April of 1955 mom married our father, Calvin Bombay Sr. in Fort Frances, Ontario and together they raised 7 of 8 children.

During this time of raising her family, Mom took a position with Rainy River First Nations as the first Welfare Administrator, she held this position for 35+ years retiring in 1998. Also, during this time, Mom was diagnosed and was a survivor of tuberculosis which took many months of recovery. Later on in her mid-life years mom went back to school and obtained her Social Services Administrators Diploma, we were all so proud of her.

Mom’s social life was that of a busy woman. She had many friends and many likes. You could often find her travelling to any bingo hall within her 60 km radius with a car load of her friends. She loved bringing in every new year with her sister Roseanne in Cass Lake, Minnesota. She enjoyed powwows, camping, gardening, cooking, sewing, all night poker games, mystery shows and her CTV news while having or sharing a smoke in her office. Her greatest joy being time spent with her 25 grandchildren, 42 great-granchildren and her 3 great great grandchildren. She also looked forward to her daily phone calls from her grandson Andrew Yerxa and granddaughter Michelle Bombay.

Mom cherished every relationship she had with others, always worrying about the well-being of those around her, going out of her way to make everyone feel special and loved whether it be a neighborhood kid or someone in need. She always had that listening ear.

She was predeceased by her parents Albert & Eva Medicine. Siblings, Jack, Tommy, Peter, Alec, Violet, Sarah, Roseann. Children, infant daughter Ramona, and sons, Terrance Bombay and Cpl. Calvin Bombay Jr., grandson Richard. Special friends, Susan Oshie-Horton, Julie Leonard, Marie Baptiste, Lucy Copenace, Janet Bruyere and Calvin Bombay Sr.. Pet Dog - “Cow”

She leaves behind her children, Greg Bombay (Leann), Murray Bombay (LouAnn), Karen Bombay (Mark), Kathy Bombay (John), Kim Detweiler (Wally Jr.). Her Friends, Dorothy Medicine, Gladys Debungie, Florence & Joe Medicine, Carol & Willie Wilson, Arlene Nighswander and Martha Nighswander. Pet Cat - “Puddy”

Special thanks to the EMS who came to help when called and to the nurses and doctors at LaVerendrye General Hospital for the care shown and administered. We would also like to acknowledge her health care team that showed care up to her last days; Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Staff, Leeann Mainville, Hilary Tuesday, Meagan Allan and Marisa Payne. Her primary care providers, Dr. Whatley and Dr. Meyers and nursing staff at Emo Health Services. Her Community Health Representative of RRFNs, Juanita Hunter-Connon and her pharmacist Mike McKinnon from Emo Drugs. Finally, Rainy River First Nations and members for the care, concern and support. We very much appreciate all the kindness shown towards our precious mother and from the bottom of our heart, we thank you all very much.

Traditional Wake will be held at Jean’s residence in Manitou Rapids on Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 4 –8pm.

Funeral Ceremony will be held privately for family members Friday, December 4, 2020 –10 am at Rainy River First Nations Gymnasium. Burial at Traditional Cemetery, Manitou Rapids.

Active Pallbearers: Grandsons, Myles Bombay, Greg Bombay Jr., Dustin Bombay, Cameron Yerxa, Davis Detweiler and Nephew Jim Leonard

Due to CoVid restrictions we apologize in advance for the limitations.

If desired memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Canada by cheque, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, box 89, Emo, ON P0W 1E0
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    A traditional wake will be held at the family home on Thursday December 3, 2020 at 4 p.m. Covid restrictions and attendance limitations will be observed.
  • Service

    Friday, December 4th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, December 4th, 2020 10:00am
    Rainy River First Nation
    Rainy River First Nation, ON P0W 1E0
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    A traditional private service for family members will be held at the gymnasium with covid restrictions and attendance limitations observed.
  • Interment

    Manitou Rapids Rainy River First Nation


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Donations are being accepted for: Diabetes Canada.


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