DEVINE Gabriel

Posted: August 8th, 2014

We sadly announce the passing of GABRIEL \”GABBY\” JOSEPH DEVINE – Miikyaapii on July 30, 2014 in Cardston, Alberta. Gabby leaves to mourn his passing his soul mate of 42 years Margaret \”Maggie\” Devine; three children, Francis, Joseph (Dawn), and Patrick (Jodi); nine grand-children, Orin (Camilla), Tyrell, Colton, Talon, Andrew, Patrick, Patricia, Carson and Lamont; two great-grand children, Rayden and Ava; Brothers: Homer (Gloria), Allen, Bruno; Sisters: Edna, Alice (Bernie), Rena, Agnes (Johnny); Sisters-in-law: Rose (Dennis) Pard, Beatrice (Rick) Little Mustache, Gertrude Smith; Brothers-in-law: Gerald (Martha) Smith and Merle (Elizabeth) Smith; Special Brother Alphonse Red Crow and Special Uncle Jack Red Crow; Adopted children, Shawn Little Mustache, Edna Fairbrother, Ryan Smith, Glenda Pard, Muriel Provost, Kevin Many Grey Horses, Bradford Red Crow, Curtis Black Rabbit, Wesley Black Rabbit, Marty Black Rabbit, Sheldon Brewer, Jonathan Brewer, R.J First Rider, Cody Wells, Les Frank, Tasha Storm, and Grant Three Persons. Gabby was pre-deceased by his Paternal Grandparents Joe Devine and Holy Beaver Woman; Maternal Grandparents Francis Red Crow and Annie Red Crow; Father Mike Devine Sr.; Mother Mary Devine (Nee Red Crow); Sisters Dorothy Devine and Maryann Smith; brother Mike Devine Jr. Gabriel married his soul mate Margaret Smith on November 18, 1971 making their home in Bullhorn, Blood Reserve, followed by three children and grandchildren. He attended St. Mary’s residential school til he signed up for the Canadian Army at the tender age of 16 leaving behind is parents’ backs just so he wouldn’t have to attend school anymore. He was stationed in the Patricia Regiment in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Gabby was a man of many talents: he was a cowboy back in the day he rode saddle bronc, bare back and bulls in his rodeo days; he also played on the St. Mary’s Buffalo’s hockey team as their goalie in the early 70’s and on the Bullhorn Stampeder’s football team. Gabby held many jobs: welder, Kainai recreation, Blood Tribe roads, St. Paul’s Treatment Center, Red Crow College as maintenance man, and Kainai Industries. Gabby was a quiet man with few words, always had a helping hand when called upon. His nieces and nephews could depend on him for a cigarette. Gabby was also a go to man when a Blackfoot word was to be recalled, his traditions and culture were important to him. After his many walk abouts, Gabby would be greeted home with loving arms, a smile and stern lecture. Gabby was an attentive grandfather and doted on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On a daily basis Gabby was surrounded by little ones either running, crawling or crying beside grandpa. He would then pick-up, sooth and send baby on its way. When at home, Gabby always had a baby in his arms to attend to. They loved him as much as he loved them. Gabby will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends that he made along his incredible journey. A Wake Service will be held at the Moses Lake Hall, Blood Reserve on Wednesday, August 6th from 7:00 p.m. continuing all night. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Thursday, August 7th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve. Email condolences to:

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