Hyacinth Colomb was born Tuesday, October 24, 1916 in South Indian Lake, Manitoba to Helen (Wood) and William Colomb. His family lived and traveled along the Churchill River.
Hyacinthe attended the Sturgeon Landing Residential School in 1926, at just 10 years of age. His family paddled approximately 150 miles to get to the residential school site.
Hyacinthe and Agnes, met in Pukatawagan. Grandfather says that he pursued grandmother until he won her heart. They married in 1942. He was 26 years old, and she was 19 years of age. Shortly after they married, the couple moved to Sturgeon Landing, then to Sherridon, and finally settled in Pukatawagan, to raise their family.
Hyacinthe Colomb, comes from a chieftain line. He too was elected as Chief (1979—1982) by his people and community because of his hard work and example.
Hyacinthe, worked in many fields and professions that also included fire-chief, band councillor, ambulance driver, trap line officer from 1952 to 1981.
Hyacinthe was an honorary life membership of the Manitoba Registered Trappers Association, in recognition of his outstanding personal contributions. In May 2003, he received an elder’s award in appreciation for his commitment and dedication to community justice initiatives in Pukatawagan. He received the Order of Manitoba award dated December 4, 2001. He was not presented this award into his hands until 2004. Hyacinthe couldn’t make the long journey to Winnipeg, Manitoba, instead, the honorable Lieutenant Governor Peter Liba made a special trip to Pukatawagan, to personally deliver the Order of Manitoba award into his hands.
Hyacinthe, lived most of his life as an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. He lived off the land. He gathered and harvested much of his food from the land that included berries of all sorts, wild-rice, and medicine. So, it was only natural that he would choose a career in conservation. In 1952, when Hyacinth was in his mid 30’s, he gained employment as a Trap-line officer for Pukatawagan. He says he was the first native trap-line block officer to be employed by the government in the area. He kept and maintained his employment right up until he retired in 1982 at 66 years of age. He also said, he was forced to retire. Otherwise, if it were his choice, he would still be working.
As a trap-line officer, Hy climbed the Pukatawagan mountain and climbed even higher, right up into that watch tower. He did this every working day of his career. In the early 1960’s, Hyacinthe, also owned his own business running a theater in Pukatawagan.
Hyacinthe, loved baseball. His baseball team won many of the tournaments when they challenged a neighboring community, one being Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan. His team would travel back and forth upriver for baseball tournaments. He is still proud of his team to this day.
Hyacinthe, built his own houses. He had a house on the trap line. He had a house in land. One of the homes he built for his family in Pukatawagan, was a two story home made out of logs.
Hyacinthe was a devout Christian and Catholic. He would pray for all of us and his community. He always had his prayer beads with him. He read his daily devotions before he went about his day. Hy had been anxious about going home for quite some time now. He has been longing for the day when he would meet his maker. He was very confident he paid his dues and is now sitting in heaven with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. He knew Him and Grandpa had a personal relationship with God.
Hyacinthe passed Monday, December 12, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Hospital, The Pas, Manitoba, at the age of 95 years.
Hyacinthe is survived by his children and 33 grandchildren: daughter Anne Mary Bear and her children Madeline, Rosemary, Donna, Christina, Marilynn, Shirley, Ovide, Roderic, Agnes, Noreen and their families; son Cyrille Joseph Sydney (Rose Elizabeth) Colomb and their children Connie, Cynthia, Gwen, Timothy, Theresa and their families; daughter Flora Jane Castel and her children Valerie, Dorothy, Ruby, Cynthia, Thomas, Robert, Donovan, Kashtin and their families; daughter Rose (John) Colomb and their children Kirby, Joy, Arlene, Graham; son Joseph Garry (Lillian) Colomb and their family, Teffany, Shannon, Jennifer, Gary Jr., Mandy, Eldon Bighetty and their families; adopted son Alfred Bighetty and his family; 113 great, grandchildren; 42 great, great, grandchildren; sisters Victoria Bear, Theresa Bighetty, Jean Merasty, Mary Ballantyne, Cecile “Wapos” Bighetty and their families; brother Martin Colomb and his family; and many relatives too numerous to mention.
Hyacinthe was predeceased by his wife Agnes; parents William and Helen; children Cyrille, Anna Madeline, Donald James, infant child; sons-in-law Roderic Bear, Thomas W. Castel; grandchildren Shawn Lee and several family members too numerous to mention.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Noon—6:00 pm Residence of Hyacinth Colomb, Pukatawagan
7:00 pm—Midnight Pukatawagan Youth Center
Friday, December 16, 2011
1:00 am—10:00 am Residence of Hyacinth Colomb, Pukatawagan
Friday, December 16, 2011 11:00 am
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pukatawagan, Manitoba
Presider: Rev. Vijay Deivanayagam
Sacred Heart Cemetery, Pukatawagan, Manitoba
Garry Colomb Sr. Kevin White Gary Colomb Jr.
Cyrille Colomb Gabe Bighetty Jr. Timmy Colomb
Thomas Castel Donovan Castel Sr. Bobby Castel
Tanner Whyte Donvan Castel Jr. Shane Whyte
Ovide Bear Eldon Bighetty Alfred Bighetty
Kirby Colomb Graham Colomb Rhudra Colomb
Bodie Castel Roderick Bear Jr. Kirk Colomb
Ramould Dumas Devon Colomb Derek Colomb
All Hy’s Sisters and Brother, Nieces and Nephews,
Cousins, Close Friends,
All Community Leaders: Elected Officials,
Church Leaders, Parents and Elders.
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