Adolphus Douglas Cameron
-Ma’iinganens/Soongaba Mide- “Cutie”
Passed away at 66 years old on Friday July 28, 2023 at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital due to heart complications.
He was predeceased by his mother Olive Cameron (Abraham), mother-in law’s Marie Guimond & Elizabeth Fisher and father William Cameron; father-in Law Archie Fisher and adoptive mother Mary Cameron Wesley (chumoo). His brothers Gilbert Hunter, Barry (Billy) Cameron, Roger Cameron and sisters Jesse Jamieson (Nee Hunter), Florence Hunter, Twins (Cameron’s) Yolanda Rose Hunter (Diaz-Lopez), Bonnie Peters.
Adolphus is survived by his father-in Law, Ron Guimond, wife Cindy Cameron (Fisher), and his children, Roland Fisher (Rene), Jennie Fisher (Howard), Kirk Cameron. Grandchildren Monica Scott, Cullen Carpenter, Destin Fisher, Carter Carpenter, Kieran McDonald, Cherish Carpenter, Rhaegan Fisher. His great-grandchildren Alanica Scott, Cairus Ogemah, Josiah Fisher, Amaris White, Jrayce Land, Clyde Carpenter, Ryden Land, Arizen White, Jaliyah Mandamin, Vera Bunting, Avian Boyd, Jelyssa Mandamin. Siblings Danny Hunter (Doreen), Margaret Hunter, Gloria Paishk (Gus), Angela Cameron, Anette Fobister,Ivan (Edith) Fisher and his adopted siblings Grace Redsky, Jimmy Cameron, Dorothy Cameron, Sheila Cameron, Linda Cameron, Sherry Cameron, Ernie Cameron, Geraldine Cameron, Anna Cameron, Cathy Cameron, his in-laws Brian Fontaine (Isabel), Laurie Guimond, Kirk Guimond, Tanya Guimond, Sheri Guimond (Jamie), Lilian Courchene, His adoptive children Marsha and Claudette Land, Dean Letandre, Deanna Meeches (Henry), Jari Henry, Lena and Dayna Jamieson, the late Stuart Carpenter his many nephews & nieces and his adopted grandchildren and also to those who held a special place in his heart: Eric Fisher, John Paishk, Ronnie P, James & Gay McDonald, Boi (Mauricio Jr.), Samara Cameron & Duran, Logan, Ariel Fisher, Randy Neufield & Janna McDonald and the Lupal family.
Adolphus grew up in Wabaseemoong during his early years where he met the love of his life and began growing his family who he loved dearly. He was at his happiest while surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and friends engaging in his favourite pastimes such as fishing, hockey, chess, ringette, and golfing. He was a man of many interests and talents – this included drawing, writing, painting, playing guitar, listening to music, spending time with his family and friends and traveling the world. He absolutely loved to learn and expand his knowledge to increase his understanding of the world we live in. He could find both the beauty and strategy in everything he put his heart and mind against.
In the professional world – Adolphus was a force. He held several positions in his community where he strived to implement meaningful change and bring together the community. He sat on the Education Board as the Director of Education, in the political office as Band Manager, as well as held a seat on Council and was a member of countless advisory Boards and Committees. Adolphus was known for his strong advocacy and voice in the positions he served while he consulted or negotiated with either the provincial and federal governments. His work was always healing and community focused to improve the livelihood and wellbeing of our First Nation’s People, especially those within the Treaty No. 3 area, and more specifically to those within Wabaseemoong. He had many professional accomplishments and brought dedicated passion in each before finding his forever home at Wabaseemoong Child Welfare Authority (WCWA) as the Executive Director in 2011.
In WCWA, Adolphus was in his element. Working for the children, youth and families of Wabaseemoong brought out a level of passion that will forever be a mark for all of us to strive for. Every decision and action taken was guided through questions like ‘Is this the best interest of the child?’ or ‘Will this help bring together and improve the livelihood of the family?’ He cared and loved deeply of his home community. In the office, Adolphus was both a mentor and a friend to the staff. He would often come to the office and sit in the lunchroom, share in laughter and tell stories. It was during his time with WCWA that marked history with bringing to reality the Community Law: Wabaseemoong Customary Care Code (2017) for Wabaseemoong Independent Nation. Even in the face of health difficulties over the last year, he was dedicated and continued to work, truly showing his commitment and resiliency in his passion – the children, youth and families of his home.
Adolphus had a special place in his heart for the youth – It was his priority to empower them and ensure that their voices were heard as he knew they are the future of the home he loved. He encouraged those he encountered to achieve their absolute best and would help them along the way any chance he had.
He was a caring and loving individual, he was strong-minded and focused, he was everything we needed him to be while he was with us and how very lucky we were to have known & loved Adolphus Douglas Cameron.
Wake services will begin Tuesday August 1, 2023 beginning at 3:00 pm at his home in Wabaseemoong, Ontario. Traditional Funeral services will be on Thursday August 3, 2023 beginning at 10:00 am at the new WCWA building in Wabaseemoong, Ontario. Elder and dear friend Gilbert Smith will be directing the services.
The family would like to thank the ICU staff at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, the Doctor at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital and the support from family and friends we have received during this difficult time.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com for the Cameron family.