Noel Kadachuk was born to Virginia and Ovide Chaboyer on the cold morning of December 12, 1944. He passed away peacefully on May 14, 2019 in the arms of his loving, devoted daughter Cynthia and sister Bertha Mckay in Nipawin. “Sonny Boy” as many knew him as in his younger days was the 4th of 5 siblings born in Cumberland House where he was raised for most of his young life. He would reminisce about the free and easy life of Kayask. He cut wood for 5¢ a bundle to earn extra pocket money and later worked as a mechanic for 30¢ an hour. Noel began his life long career with Manitoba Hydro when he was only 16 years old in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was the supervisor of the mechanic shop at Kettle Dam.
He continued with his outdoor lifestyle while working first in Kelsey and later in Gillam. Noel liked to hunt and pick berries, but his favourite pastime was fishing.
Noel married his soulmate Evelyn Mckay on May 31, 1969 and they were married for 45 years. Together they raised their three children - Travis, Cynthia and Darcy in the wonderful town of Gillam, Manitoba. The family has many fond memories of living and being raised in the small town.
Noel and Evelyn were both employed at Manitoba Hydro. After they retired, they moved back to their roots in Cumberland House. And they paid to have a beautiful, comfy log house built along the historical, mighty Saskatchewan River.
Noel was a humble, kind, generous and helpful man. He was a highly respected Elder in the community; so respected that he himself said in the hospital, “I think all of Cumberland House has been here.” He was grateful and welcomed all the prayers, saying, “No wonder I am feeling good.”
Noel was an honoured elder not only in Cumberland House Cree Nation but in Lloydminster, Alberta as well. He happily participated for many years educating youth about his native culture. He would skin muskrats, pluck ducks and smoke meat for students who never would have had those experiences. He was always helpful and a great mentor to the thousands of students he would come across in one week. Noel initiated and organized an annual children’s fish derby starting in 2009. Upon returning to Cumberland House, he made ice fishing cool again. He attended Sunday Mass on a regular basis, where he enjoyed doing the readings. He continued to have a strong faith until the end.
Noel will be lovingly be missed by his, children: Travis, Cynthia (Mike), Darcy, grandchildren Jasmine, Tinisha (Tommy) and Kieran, his chapan Tenley, his fishing partner Wanda, sister Bertha Mckay, sisters in law Muriel Kadachuk and Rose Kadachuk, brothers in law Alphonse, Steve and Robert, sisters in law Hilda, Linda, Stella (Richard), Lily (Clifford), Doreen Mckay and Pauline Mckay, as well as numerous nieces, nephews cousins, relatives and friends.
Noel was predeceased by: his wife Evelyn, parents Ovide and Virginia Kadachuk-Chaboyer, brothers Bill Kadachuck, Steve Kadachuk , Raymond Kadachuk, sisters in law Selina and Betsy, brothers-in-law Napoleon Mckay and Rudy Thomas, nieces Leona Mckay and Kona Mckay, Bonnie Kadachuk, Patricia Mckay and nephew Otto Blake Mckay.