Chad Sahyes of Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the age of 48 years. Chad was born Wednesday, October 6, 1965 in The Pas, Manitoba.
Throughout Chad’s life he lived and grew up in Cranberry Portage. In his early 20’s he moved to Thompson where he met Tamara and they had a daughter, named Brittany Sahyes born in 1989, in later years he moved to Ile-a-la-Crosse, and met Yvonne and they had a son named Bryce Sahyes born in 1998. Chad’s last place he lived was with Roxanne Bellrose, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. This is where he called home.
In his early childhood Chad went to school at the Cranberry Portage Elementary School and graduated high school from Frontier Collegiate Institute in 1986. Chad attended, University of the North and took his first year of School for Social Work and after 2 years, he realized that it was not for him. Chad worked with special needs children through the Juniper Center in Thompson, and also coached the soccer special Olympics team in Saskatoon, where they won the Canadian championship in the early 90’s. Chad needed a change in his life and relocated to Saskatchewan, where he was employed with Saskpower for over 14 years. Chad had made many, many friends in numerous communities while working for Saskpower where he met his Bell (Rose). Chad’s last employment was driving rock truck.
Chad was the biggest sports fan that anyone had seen. He ate, slept and lived for his sports. If he wasn’t playing a sport, he was watching it on T.V. or was looking at it on his phone, or listening to it on the radio in his truck. Chad loved sports so much he was always talking about it or talking smack to other people who chose not to cheer for the best. Once his team or favorite player lost a game, Chad lost the ability to talk or hear. Chad loved to play many sports and was very competitive. His most favorite sport he loved to play was curling and golf. Golf proved to be the most expensive one, if one had the chance to play alongside him, and he made a bad shot, you could hear the whoop, whoop, whoop, sound of a club flying into the bush. He loved golfing so much that he resembled Tiger Woods, but he couldn’t play like him. For four months of the year he would have his golf clubs and his curling gear in his truck, in March, April, September and October so he was able to enjoy both sports. Chad also loved the outdoors, such as ice fishing, skidooing or going for boat rides in the summer, and many of his big adventures stumbling at good old Fraggle Rock. Chad had a major love for curling, and was such an awesome player. His team almost made it to the provincials, where they were close running to be a representative for Saskatchewan in the Brier. He also won many bonspiels including the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Bonspiel. Chad had also led a team that was put together at the last minute, for the first bonspiel game that was allowed at the Frontier Games, his team members of Daphne Fidler, Carolynn Dubois, and Albert Tait, won in the extra end to beat out our high school.
Chad always liked to tease people and pull pranks, but more than half of it would back fire on him. He was fun to tease. One time at a party at Chad’s place in Thompson, Chad and his friend Arthur were trying to look cool and impress some girls, Penny-jo and Wenona were not invited, so they had put baby Orajel on the lip of his beer bottle. Chad was dealing cards with a cigarette dangling in his mouth, the cigarette kept falling out of his mouth and he was slobbering because his lips were numb. After the third time the cigarette fell out of his mouth, the un-invited guests got thrown out.
Another time we were sitting in our uncle Danny’s garage for a family gathering and we were all sipping, Chad had a little more then we thought. He was talking and was slurring his words pretty bad, his younger brother Tuffy turned around and asked him, “What’s wrong? Is your mustache to heavy?”
Chad had a few bottles taken from him, starting as a baby. Chip would take his bottle from him, Chad would be sitting there crying and Chip would tilt his head back and drink the thing. He would open up the cupboard door and throw Chad’s bottle in there. When Chip and Chad were young kids, mom and dad were living in Flin Flon, the boys would open all the car doors on the street, then run back and slam them all shut.
Grandpa Charlie nicknamed him “Spooks”, because he was so quiet as a baby, but that didn’t last long, because he was able to talk before he could walk, earning the nickname “Chadder Box” in school, where he came by this honestly. Chad had a beautiful smile, and one cute dimple. Growing up and in high school, he earned the nickname “Babyface”. He always looked so young, even when he was of age, he was constantly getting ID’d, and thrown out of bars. One time at the Royal Hotel in Flin Flon, Chad was asked for ID and he didn’t have it and was asked to leave. He was mad, because his younger sister Daphne, who was about 15, was not ID’d and was able to stay in the bar.
Chad touched many lives because he was such a friendly, fun loving, outgoing guy. Chad looked forward to spending holidays with his son Bryce; school breaks and Chads time off. No matter where he was Cranberry was always home.
Chad is survived by his partner Roxy Bellrose (Ryan, Kyle, Riley Campbell); parents Elise Morin and Allan Fidler; son Bryce Sahyes; brother Charles (Ernestine); sister Lise Anne “Punky” (Norm); sister Penny (Gary), sister Daphne (Darrell); brother Allan Jr. (Candi); sister Emilie. Chad is also survived by nieces and nephews Kristen, Shannon, Devon, Cheyenne, Keith Jr., Harley, Jenelle, Dakota, Kendall, Kerri, David, Amber, Rebecca, Kai, Calla, Ella and many great nephews and nieces.
Chad was predeceased by his daughter Brittany; grandparents Helen and Charles Morin; his biological father Wally Sahyes; grandparents Fred and Dorothy Fidler; paternal grandparents Angus and Helen Sahyes; cousins Philip Ritchot, Suzanne and Riley Hamilton.
In keeping with family wishes, cremation took place and a service of remembrance to celebrate Chad’s life was held Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 2:00 pm, at the Frontier Collegiate Auditorium, Cranberry Portage, Manitoba with Rev. Paul Bringleson presiding. Music ministry was provided by Frank Michelle. Urn Bearers were Allan Fidler Jr. and Charles Sahyes. Ushers were Danny Sinclair and Allison Gamblin. Guest book attendants were Riley Campbell and Kevin Chastellaine. Scripture readings were proclaimed by Allan Fidler Jr., Tammy Desjarlais, Pearle Bjerke and June Haybittle. Eulogy was delivered by Allan Fidler Jr. and Debbie Allen.
Honorary Pallbearers were Charles Sahyes, Allan Fidler Jr., Barry Chaboyer, Earl Desjarlais, Randy Moeller, Keith Moar Sr., Pat Chaboyer, Perry Chaboyer, Jim Morin, David Sanderson, Riley Campbell, All Chad’s Poker and Curling Buddies, Sask Power Co-Workers and Friends, Saskatchewan Roughrider Rivals, Ryan and Kyle Campbell. Honor Guard were all of Chad’s nieces and nephews.
Following the service, a reception was held at the Cranberry Portage Elementary School Gymnasium, Cranberry Portage, Manitoba. A private family interment will follow at a later date.
If friends so desire, donations to the Bryce Sahyes Trust Fund, Transit number 00168, c/o Gloria Stene at the C.I.B.C. Bank in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, would be appreciated by Chad’s family.
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