By Mervin Brass

Allan Paquachan

Allan Paquachan

On Saturday, the Chief of the Fishing Lake First Nation, Allan Paquachan passed away in a Saskatoon hospital.

His daughter, Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann, says her father was admitted last week for a problem with his pancreas.

“It was a bit sudden, actually he went in there for his pancreas, infected,” she says. “They were just starting to really investigate what was happening. He went in there on Wednesday night and then he passed away on Saturday. Basically, we think it was a heart attack in the end. We don’t know the circumstances that led up to that.”

Paquachan is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marjorie, his daughter Jacqueline Ottman, his sons Fenton Paquachan, Keith Paquachan, Giles Paquachan, Jeffrey Paquachan and Kevin Paquachan. He had 21 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

“He was a community man who enjoyed visiting and telling and listening to stories. He was a story keeper who had tremendous knowledge of our heritage, community history, the land and the stories of our people.” says Ottmann. “He worked tirelessly making himself available 24 hours a day. The door to his home was never locked.”

Paquachan was 70-years old at the time of his passing.

A wake for Paquachan is scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the Percy Severight Memorial Hall in Kylemore, Saskatchewan. Supper will be served at 6 p.m.

The funeral service will begin at 9:30 am on Wednesday, January 21, at the Percy Severight Memorial Hall in Kylemore, Saskatchewan.

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