John Many Wounds

Obituary of John Wilbert Many Wounds


September 18, 1949 – Aklavik, Northwest Territories

April 24, 2022 – Tsuu'tina, Alberta


It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of John Wilbert Many Wounds of Tsuut'ina, AB in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at the age of 72 years.


John was born on September 18, 1949 in Aklavik, Northwest Territories. He was a survivor of the “Sixties Scoop” in 1951, where he was welcomed by his loving adoptive mother, late Annie Many Wounds. He was also a survivor of Indian Residential schools and a survivor of Indian hospitals.


In the early ages of his childhood, his mother taught him the ways of the land and how to thrive living off it. John killed his first deer for him and his mom when he was eight years old.


John was an all-around athlete and participated in many sports that gave him the opportunity to travel across Canada to compete. He was an undefeated, elite Golden Gloves boxer and went to Quebec to play hockey representing Tsuut’ina. John was a very competitive all-around cowboy from steer riding, bull-riding, team roping and steer Wrestling, and later, he became a proud owner of his own self-built ranch where he raised horses and cattle.


John was a jack of all trades. He was a carpenter in his early adulthood, he built homes in the mid/late 70’s with Sarcee Builders up until he became his own boss in 1981 where he taught himself how to shift 18 gears then purchased his own gravel truck. His business always thrived as he was dedicated to supporting his wife and children and afterward his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His baby Anne was with him almost everyday of their lives. He soon passed on his business knowledge to her, and she eventually took over his business.


John was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. His demeaner was to protect his family and all whom he loved and cared for, and they all knew they can depend on him for anything. He was a great mentor to a lot who learned from him.


He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Lottie; their little baby dog, “Mable”; and children, Peter (Lisa), Amanda, and his baby Anne (Hank), and Charlene. He is also survived by his immediate grandchildren, Shanelle, Falon (Suede), Santana, Clarissa, Sylis (lauren), Anyah, Angel (late Jim), Dallas (Sarah), Tegan, Trinity, Ariel, Jewel, Dillion, Dale, Cianna, Jada, Paisley and Landen; and his immediate great-grandchildren, Trevor, Innspapaonokiiksisstsiko (Quiet Storm) and Keanu, Kiara, Illiana, Zarious and Trestice, Koda. He was predeceased by his mother Annie; brothers, Teddy, Pete, Amos, Sammy, and Archie; and his son Kevin John. (Charlene).


Wake Services will be held at the residence of John and Lottie Many Wounds, 820 - Six Mile Coulee Road, Tsuut’ina Nation, AB, on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.


Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church on Friday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Tsuut’ina Cemetery (Tsuut’ina Nation, AB). A Traditional Feast will be held at Bullhead Hall (Tsuut’ina Nation, AB) immediately following the graveside. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.


We would like to acknowledge his biological siblings his sisters, Mary Anne, Debbie, Dolly, Bonnie, Beverly, Sarah and was predeceased by his biological brothers, Nick and Eddy and his biological mother Geranium all with the last name Bonnet Plume. John had numerous adoptive children, Tammy Garrioch, whom he mentored for numerous years, driving gravel truck and pup he had, numerous adoptive sisters and brothers, too many to name. We would like to sincerely apologize to any and all who we may have missed


We would like to thank all his loving, and caring medical care team, Dr. Soin and his Pharmacy whom he took as brother and sister, Haviz and Jasmine and Rahu.


In living memory of John Many Wounds, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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