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Cliff Standingready

Cliff Standingready

Saturday, April 19th, 1947 - Thursday, October 8th, 2020
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Obituary

STANDINGREADY, Cliff - “Tatanka agé akichita oquepa” (Standing Buffalo Warrior) - Peacefully on Thursday October 8, 2020 at Peterborough Regional Health Centre at the age of 73. Cliff, beloved husband for 50 years of Frances (nee Murphy). Much loved father of John and his wife Michelle, Clifford Lee and his wife Kim, and Pauline Lavoie and her husband Marc. Proud grandfather of Christopher, Sierra, Amanda (Patrice), Brandon, Austin, Joshua, Julie and Chantelle. Missed by brothers Barry and Bruce and predeceased by his parents and other siblings. Cliff was an Elder and mentor to many and will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. Friends may RSVP or call 905-433-4711 to register for the visitation on Tuesday October 13th from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Armstrong Funeral Home, 124 King Street East, Oshawa as well as for the funeral in the chapel of the funeral home on Wednesday October 14th at 1pm. Interment to follow at Thornton Cemetery, Oshawa. Masks are mandatory at all times. Memorial donations to Legacy of Hope Foundation would be greatly appreciated by Cliff's family.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Armstrong Funeral Home
    Address
    124 King Street East
    Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Please register through RSVP or call 905-433-4711 to register for the visitation. Masks are mandatory.
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Armstrong Funeral Home
    Address
    124 King Street East
    Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Please register through RSVP or call 905-433-4711 to register for the visitation. Masks are mandatory.
  • Service

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Armstrong Funeral Home
    Address
    124 King Street East
    Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Please register through RSVP or call 905-433-4711 to attend the service. Masks are mandatory.
    Officiant
    Mr. Tom Easthope
  • Interment

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Thornton Cemetery
    Address
    1200 Thornton Road North
    Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Donations

Donations are being accepted for: LEGACY OF HOPE FOUNDATION.

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Dorothy Gagnon

Posted at 07:21am
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time
Bruce & Dorothy Gagnon
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Sharon Beaudin (Nimikipenace)

Posted at 10:15pm
The starworld is brightened with a beautiful soul , , , miigwech Miishoom Cliff, an honor to have known you and met you at the lodge; as part of the lodge family, miigwech for the wisdom, the teachings, healing, truth, honesty, songs and that sense of humour, so far from our original homes in Saskatchewan, good connections and family friends, miigwech for the book, autographed too, , , many miigweches and the honor of knowing that good people walked on the Earth and now dance with the Waawaate, , , prayers for your family and all relations , ,, miigwech
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Sylvia Smith

Posted at 11:25pm
I will always remember Cliff for the deeply spiritual person that he was. I met Cliff through Nancy Hamer-Strahl, who was a high school teacher in the Durham District School Board. Cliff was an Indian Residential School Survivor and he would travel with the Aboriginal Liaison Officer at the DDSB to all the high schools and even some elementary schools, and he'd talk to them about his experiences at IRS that he was sent to. This was all done through Project of Heart, something schools across Canada were participating in, that honours the lives of the children who never returned home. Cliff was a huge part of that Project, and was one of the reasons why so many students in the DDSB were moved to do social justice actions, to support First Nations children who are still discriminated against in so many aspects of their lives. I remember when I went to Oshawa to meet this Elder and IRS Survivor who was moving so many students' hearts and minds. I was able to see Cliff in action. He was an orator. He spoke his truth with eloquence and passion. Cliff loved young people. He was kind. He was understanding. He had learned the hard truths of history and was willing to do what few could...speak of his lived experiences with injustice. At the half-way point of Project of Heart, we brought Cliff to Ottawa for a special celebration. He realized a strength that he never knew he had. It was the first time since he was a child when he was taken away to the Indian Residential School, that he'd ridden on a train. And he did it. Sixty some years later, he mustered up the strength to get on a train again. And he did. What a feat of extraordinary strength and determination! Cliff, we will miss you. Project of Heart will miss you. Your heart was huge, and you gave freely of your knowledge. Thank you for all the sharing. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for your trust and your belief that the world could be a better place for all people.
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Allyson Eamer

Posted at 08:43pm
I remember Cliff with great fondness. I learned much from our conversations and from his book. My condolences to his family.
Allyson Eamer
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Marvens

Posted at 05:37pm
In memory of a soul who will carry on in our hearts and minds forever. Love Murray, Diane, Jessica, Robert and Timbit Marven
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