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Grand Chief remembered as a kind, humble, and caring leader

Mourners and pallbearers carry Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy to his resting place last Saturday afternoon in We’koqma’q.

-by John Gillis

    Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy was remembered as a kind, humble, and caring leader at his funeral held last Saturday afternoon in his home village of We’koqma’q First Nation.
    A Mikmaw choir sang hymns and prayers prior to Bishop Brian Dunn leading as celebrant while the community and dignitaries alike paid their respects for the well-loved Grand Chief.
    Pastor Martin MacDougall of Eskasoni noted in his homily that Ben found a great woman in his wife, Catherine Marie Sylliboy, and that throughout his life he was blessed with “the gift of humility.”
    Bishop Brian Dunn spoke of Ben’s great faith and the role he played in the 400th anniversary  of the relationship between Grand Chief Membertou and the Roman Catholic Church.
    Perry Bellegarde, national chief, also attended the ceremony along with other Chiefs from around the region.
    “Deepest condolences to the family, friends, and Mi'kmaq Nation after Grand chief Ben Sylliboy of Waycobah First Nation passes. He was a well-respected, beloved Elder and statesman,” said Bellegarde.

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