CROW CHIEF, Raymond - August 30, 1945 - January 18, 2011 'Onistaomaahkaa' - Running Calf 'Mi-kai-stoowa' - Red Crow Coming, formerly known as Raymond Crow Chief, 65 years of age, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, AB. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that he had touched in some way throughout his life. Raymond is survived by his sons Chico, Darrel, Delanie, and Rocky; and daughters Shaina and Tamara; and special grandchildren Tia and Tashon; step-children Duane (Joanne), Russell, Wanda, Sam, Julia (Quinn), Marcia (John), Candace; his two sisters Alma Young Man and Isabel (George) Olivier, aunts Maggie Black Kettle and Rose alma Many Shots; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, sister-in-law Annie Running Rabbit; brothers-in-law Larry (Laverne), Wayne (Beverly), Clarence, Sr., and many close friends; and extended families: Good Eagles, Sleighs, Sitting Eagles, Many Fires, Calf Robes, Rabbit Carriers, Big Snakes, Drunken Chiefs, Many Shots, Weasel Heads, Wolf Legs, Little Chiefs, Weasel Moccasins, Tail Feathers, Turning Robes, Axes, Royals, Bear Robes, Bear Shirts, and Hairy Bulls. The family apologizes if they missed anyone. He is predeceased by his wife of thirty-three years Angeline Leather; parents George and Delores Crow Chief; brothers Hugh, Glen, and Ralph; sisters Dorothy, Delphine and Cecilia; aunts Lucy Weasel Head; and uncles Ben Sitting Eagle, Simon Sitting Eagle, and Ben Calf Robe. Raymond started dancing at a very young age at the Calgary Stampede and was a Teepee owner at the Calgary Stampede Indian Village for over twenty-five years. Raymond had a passion for dancing and was well recognized as a great ambassador for First Nations people around the world. Some of the countries he visited included Holland, Italy, and surrounding European destinations, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Australia, and various locations throughout the United States and Canada. He was also an original member of the Blackfoot A-1 Club Drummers. He enjoyed attending pow-wows, nationally and internationally. Raymond was one the original members of the repatriation of the Blackfoot sacred artifacts and was a member of the Horn Society, and grandfather to the Crazy Dogs, Prairie Chicken, and the Bees. He actively participated in every Sundance and strongly supported the Buffalo Women Society, as well as other societies. Raymond was also the spiritual advisor for the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park (BCHP) and the Siksika Medicine Lodge, as well as other agencies, on and off the Siksika Nation. He believed in the restoration of the Siksika language and culture. Raymond served as a board member for BCHP, Board of Education, and Siksika Minor Hockey. He also made his cursillo in 1988 and was very involved in the cursillo movement. Raymond was the leader and one of the founders (1992) of the Na-Soo-Wa Society Riders. He also served as a native liaison to Calgary Police Service. If we missed any other organizations, please accept our apologies. Raymond acted as a mentor and advisor to his nephews and nieces and all those who came into contact with him. He shared his traditional knowledge and our way of life through the creator. Raymond took his nephews and nieces as his own children and supported their endeavours. He was recognized as the number one hockey parent. Siksika will sadly miss Raymond, as he was considered a great spiritual elder and advisor. Wake Services will be held at the Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbour (Siksika Nation, AB) on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 6:00 p.. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Siksika Nation, AB) on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at the Little Washington Cemetery (Siksika Nation, AB). Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank all of the staff at the Foothills Hospital ICU for their compassionate care and all those for their thoughts and prayers. In living memory of Raymond Crow Chief, a tree will be planted at Siksika Nation, AB by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.9812029
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Will miss you!
Posted by James L.Hong (friend) On Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with all your
families. You will be missed greatly by everyone. thinking of you. Arlene and James L. Hong
Thoughts and Prayers
Posted by Harriet & Quinton Broad Scalplock (Friend) On Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with family at this time. You will be greatly missed for you humour and humbleness as well as so eager and willing to share the culture with the younger generation. You are with your loving wife god bless Raymond RIP.......
**missing you **
Posted by robin (distant relative) On Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Oki', we just like to extend our deepest sympathy to each and everyone in Raymonds family.To know that you are in our prayers at this time.I will miss Raymond at our Sundances...the laughs we shared around the sacred circle and the many guidiances he showed me.....thank-you,Holy Grandfather.
We will miss you,
Robin and Gloria
Posted by Dora McMaster (cousin) On Tuesday, January 25, 2011
On behalf of my father Charles Many Fires
I would like to send out our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the family of Raymond and Angelina at this time. They were to good spirited people that well forever be cherished and remembered for the kinder hearts they had. My father will miss the good silly humor, may God bless each and everyone of you.
Charles Many Fires & Daughters Charlene, Dora and Lillian.
God bless Raymond
Posted by Alanna White (cousin) On Tuesday, January 25, 2011
My prayers and thoughts are with the family of Raymond CC..God be with you always,
May you journey thru the skies above us, and watch over the nations people.