William Christopher Cote, known to everyone as Anderson, passed away peacefully with family by his side on April 17, 2019 at the Kamsack Senior’s Home at the age of 70.
Anderson was a very loving big brother to his huge family – 14 on his mother’s side, and 20 on his father’s. He was a big tease and flirt to the women in his life, and a loving terror to the children that dared run around at funerals, dances and feasts. Although he walked with a big stick which he used to scare children into compliance, whenever he took a swing, he’d accidentally miss them on purpose.
Anderson was gentle, loving and a tradionalist. He walked his walk, and lived by his traditions, being a constant support to his family and friends – and he called everyone either family or friend.
Anderson had a love of music, and square dancing in particular. Even when no one wanted to dance with him, he always had a partner – you just didn’t have a choice! You’d soon be laughing and enjoying yourself. You couldn’t help it.
Anderson lived a full life, even though he is gone far too soon. He was predeceased by his wife, Betsy; his mother, Mary Pratt (nee Anderson); his father, Edwin Crane; brothers Bobby, Wayne, Burl, Jimmy, Joe, and Tex; sisters Bernice, Carol, Marjorie, Jo, Mona, and Muriel.
The rest of us have the hard task of staying behind to mourn him. Anderson leaves his daughter, Mary (Tim Bone), son Timothy Musqua, and grandchildren Mya and Erin. The child of a huge family, Anderson leaves loved ones on his mother’s side: sisters Olga Moneybird (Gerry), Patricia Pratt, Nettie Quewezance and Deb Anderson-Pratt; brothers Fred Quewezance, Ben Pratt (Vanessa), Garnet Quewezance. Magnus Pratt, Campbell Pratt and numerous nieces and nephews. On his father’s side, Connie Raphail (Brian), Delores Rajandingo, Sharon Wolfe (Leo), Irish Wolfe (Barry), Warren Raphail (Angie), Wilma Raphail, Cindy Desjarlais (Mark), Victor Keewatin, Sarah Keewatin (Kevin), Barb Squirrel, John Kewatin and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at the Kamsack care home for their gentle care of Anderson.
A Wake was held on Friday April 19,2019 from the Saulteauxplex Hall - Key First Nation.
A Funeral was held on Saturday April 20,2019 also from the Saulteauxplex Hall - Key First Nation.
Interment was at the Crane Cemetery.