Ronald Nabigon, age 70 years, passed away on November 7, 2017 at the TBRHSC.
Ronnie was born in Mobert, Ontario on March 29, 1947. He was the son of Clement Nabigon and Mabel Shaganash. Ronnie was raised in Mobert and at Tripoli Lake on the trap line. In his teenage years he ran a trap line along with his dad and uncles. He was a miner by trade, starting work in the Renabie Mine and working in mines right across Canada from Newfoundland to B.C. to Northern Alberta and Manitoba. This work probably contributed to his debilitating arthritis in later years which eventually caused him to leave the mining field. He then lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Thunder Bay, Ontario where he could be seen wheeling around Thunder Bay with his electric “buggy” complete with a sign on the back stating “Rocket Ronnie”. He then was admitted to Wilson Memorial hospital where he spent the last few years.
Ronnie is survived by his sister Dorothy (Duncan); brother Donald (Sheila); two aunts Carrie (John) and Donna (Allan); as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He had a special place in his heart for his two “special girls” in his life Brooklin and Kyralee.
Ron was predeceased by his parents; his maternal grandparents William and Elizabeth (Wissian) Shaganash; paternal grandparents Joseph and Louise (Finlayson) Nabigon (Granny Gagnon); older brother Herb (Annie) and brother Hector.
As per Ronnie’s wishes cremation will take place. Prior to cremation, a funeral service will commence on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of the Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Visitation for family and close friends will begin one hour prior to the service time. Following cremation his ashes will be transported home and a funeral mass will be held in Pic Mobert First Nation on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Ronnie’s ashes will be placed with his mother in the Pic Mobert Cemetery at a later date.