Many thanks from the Papatsie family


On behalf of the Papatsie family and friends, I would like to extend our gratitude to the community of Iqaluit and the other communities of Nunavut who came to see us and called us in our time of bereavement. With your prayers and support, we have been able to move on and get through our grief.

We would especially like to thank Val Haas, Katherine Trumper and their friends, who came to see us on behalf of Jackie Keogh and her family. Although they were going through their own grief, they were gracious and respectable to extend their condolences by bringing flowers and food for our family.

A special thank you to Dr. Jeff Unger and the nurses at Baffin Regional Hospital, who made my father as comfortable as possible and who prayed with us. Thank you very much to Mike Gardner for coming to pray with us at a moment’s notice and for the funeral services. Thank you to Bryan Pearson, Doug Lem, David Ell, Joanasie Akumalik, and everyone who came to see us to pay their respects to our father.

Our father dedicated most of his life to community service through his quiet manner, and preferred to be behind the scenes and never took credit where credit was due. His greatest wish before he passed on was to continue improving our community through equality and compassion.

Thank you to the following for their condolences and support and remembering a community leader: Premier Paul Okalik, Iqaluit District Education Council, the Qikiqtani education board, Maliganik Tukisinakvik, the Amarok Hunters and Trappers Association, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Nunavut Planning Commission, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the City of Iqaluit, Nunavut Legal Services Board, Isuma young offenders, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Qikiqtani Wildlife Board, the Department of Justice, Inuit Communications Systems Ltd., the Iqaluit Housing Authority, the Royal Bank of Canada, Nunavut Auto, the flower shop, First Air, Kenn Borek, Canadian Airlines, the home care nurses, and Nunatsiaq News.

And thank you to all our family members who came to support us. Thank you to all the lay readers, priests and ministers who prayed for us during their conference.

The Papatsie family

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