When my father moved from Temagami First Nation to Toronto, he befriended the renowned author and academic Basil Johnston at the ''Indian Club,'' which we now call the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. The two men were highly educated, spoke Anishinaabemowin comfortably, and teased one another for ''not speaking Indian properly.'' They also held a deep Catholic faith and both were committed to improving the lot of aboriginal people living in the city.
Wife, homemaker, family rock, friend. Born on Sept. 13, 1916, in Sortino, Italy; died on April 19, 2015, in Montreal, from respiratory failure, aged 98.During her long and accomplished life, Sophie travelled the world, started her own business and was active in her community, meeting prime ministers, presidents, princes and ambassadors. Not bad for a fatherless little girl born in a tiny Sicilian village.