EAGLE SPEAKER JustinPosted: October 30th, 2012
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, and cousin Justin Ross Eagle Speaker (Blood) of Stand Off, Alberta on October 22, 2012 at the tender age of 19 years.
Justin, alongside his older brother Travis, recently graduated with the Class of 2012 from Kainai High School. They were both awarded numerous academic and athletic scholarship awards. Prior to attending Kainai High School, he attended Saipoyi Elementary School and Tatsikisaapo’p Middle School. It was at this time that he found the passion and love for the game of basketball. His hard work and devotion for the game, took him to many places throughout Canada and the United States. During his high school career, he was very proud to be a part of the Kainai Warriors basketball team. He was honoured to represent the Blood Reserve at the Indigenous Games in Denver, Colorado. Together with his brother and fellow teammates, Justin brought home second place in the 2A Basketball Championships. During his career, he won several medals, plaques, and trophies. He spent countless hours outside his house perfecting and improving his skills. Justin tried hard at everything he did. He was a positive role model, not only to his siblings, but to all that he knew. Justin was always encouraging his siblings and younger peers to stay in school, never give up, and reach for their goals. He had so much love and respect for his parents. Who knew so much happiness and love can come in such a tiny package. It was rare to see Justin without a smile on his face. He had a laugh that was contagious, a humour so special, and a heart so precious. Justin was earth’s loss but heaven’s gain. He is now playing basketball in the clouds of heaven.
Justin is survived by his parents Timmy and Roxanne Eagle Speaker; his special friend Morgan Devine; his brothers Travis (Kyle), Tim Jr.; his sisters Mia and Veda; his paternal grandparents Morton (Joan) Eagle Speaker; great grandmother Pauline Eagle Speaker; his maternal grandparents Shirley Blood and Wilfred Calling Last; his uncles Jason (Sabrina) Eagle Speaker, Lanny Blood, Wade Weasel Head, Clarence (Trish) Black Water, Mike Delaney; his aunties Tina (Alvin) Eagle Speaker, Cherise Blood, Arlene (Todd) Across The Mountain, Shawna Chief Moon, Laura Calf Robe, Debra (Fred) Tall Man, Sherry Black Water, Demetri Black Water; his great uncles Charles Eagle Speaker, Fred (Delores) Weasel Head, Tyrone Weasel Head, Andrew (Holly) Bull Calf, Johnny (Benita) Blood, Sandy Blood; his great aunties Ruth and Abby Eagle Speaker, Joanne (Dexter) Healy, Marilyn (Charlie) Moses, Randa (Danny) Weasel Head, Brenda Weasel Head and Tina Weasel Mocassin, Sally (Marlin) Blood, Delores Bull Calf/Scout.
Justin is predeceased by his grandmother Loretta Weasel Head; his uncles Murdis Eagle Speaker, Devon Blood, Sykes Eagle Speaker; his great grandparents Annie Plume and Patrick Weasel Head, Charlie and Catherine Blood, Orton Eagle Speaker; his great uncles David (Jughead) Weasel Head, David Eagle Speaker; his great aunties Marlene Plume, Julia Eagle Speaker, Kim Eagle Speaker, Sharon, Lorna and Emily Blood; his great, great aunties Annie Bare Shin Bone, Alice (Earle) Willows; his cousins Jazla Medicine Crane, Gina Heavy Shields/Weasel Head, Darcy and Lenny Weasel Head, Kelly Healy, George Eagle Speaker, Roland Jr. and Jim Big Throat, Billy Blood Scout, Bradley Charles Crow.
The Wake Service will be held at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Stand Off on Monday, October 29th, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight. The Funeral Service will be held at the Old Saipoyi Gym, Stand Off on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Interment in St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Blood Reserve.
Arrangements entrusted to Berry Gorham.
Legacy Funeral Homes Ltd.
P.O. Box 208
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
Phone (403) 653-3222
Fax (403) 653-3677