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White, Merle Russell John
April 7, 1958 - June 21, 2018
Service:Tuesday, July 3, 2018
1:00 pm
A Memorial Service will be held at the Lou Soppit Community Centre, 5404 48st, Rocky Mountain House, AB on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 1:00pm.
Interment:  Alexander First Nations Cemtery
Notice:  If anyone is wishing to make a memorial contribution in Merle’s name can make them to the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association, 10336 121st NW, Edmonton, AB, T5N 1K8.

Obituary

Merle RussellJohn White
April 7, 1958 – June 21, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce that Merle White has gone to be with the creator, after a short but strong battle with cancer surrounded by his wife and children. Merle was a very well respected man in the Aboriginal Community. His guidance, wisdom and spirit will be greatly missed by all who had the opportunity to know him and learn from him. We thank the creator that we were able to have him as our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and mentor. Merle will be laid to rest alongside his father and mother, in the Alexander First Nations Cemetery, in a private family interment on June 26th, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held at the Lou Soppit Community Centre, 5404 48st, Rocky Mountain House, AB on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 1:00pm.
The family would like to thank everyone for all their love and support during this difficult time.
If anyone is wishing to make a memorial contribution in Merle’s name can make them to the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association, 10336 121st NW, Edmonton, AB, T5N 1K8.

Condolences

Tanya ward-Schur:
On behalf of Red Deer Urban Aboriginal Voices Society we extend our deepest sympathy to all of Merles family. We wish to thank you for sharing Merle with our community. We are better, wiser and stronger for the things he shared with us. That makes you our family and we grieve with you and offer you our love and support.
Daleen Cleaver:
Deepest Sympathy to Merle's family. I came to know him when I worked in Rocky! Very kind,humorous,Gentleman & I know he will be missed by many.R.I.P.









Richard Medin:
Merle was a great credit to his race the human race. He always showed great respect and love for my Mother Irene. Yes he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Lynn Jonasson:
Merle was a Sundance brother and ceremonial leader, he was humble and worked hard at promoting healing and cultural revitalization. When he was at his sickest he still made time to come to Red Deer to talk about Aboriginal governance. His knowledge and presence will be missed. Our prayers and love to the family.
Tracy Cardinall:
My condolences to the family. May the creator give you strength during this difficult time and bless Merle with a swift journey.
James Anderson:
Prayers, Condolences, and Much Love to all of you.
Donna Webster:
The Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre Association wishes to extend their heartfelt sympathies to Merle's family and friends. He always spoke with a kind gentleness while welcoming opportunities for laughter and enjoyment. May he rest in peace.
Edna M. Terbasket Ki-low-Na Friendship Society:
On behalf of Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society we send condolences to the White family and to all of Merle's loved ones, we were saddened to hear the news of his journey to the spirit world. Prayers and love for his loved ones he left behind. May he have a safe transition to the spirit world. All my relations.
Ron Moon Walker:
On behalf of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton, we extend our sympathies to Merle's family and the Friendship Centre family in Alberta. In my many conversations with,pop as I called him, he would give me advice and let me know of some of the people in the community. I used to tell him that people would ask if he was my dad because we looked alike abit, that would always make him chuckle. He gave me an opportunity to shine here at the Edmonton Friendship Centre. I lead because of mentorship of leaders before me. Ekosi maka my friend, from the CNFC staff.
Gwendolyn Bear:
I am so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful man, prayers for all of his family. He was funny, loved to tease and joke and have fun.
Hayley Christen:
My sincerest condolences to Merle's family and loved ones. I appreciate the teachings I received from Merle and his knowledge, wisdom and guidance he has provided the board of the Red Deer Native Friendship Society.
Corey Wells:
Such sad news to hear.. My heartfelt condolences to family and loved ones. I first met Merle working at Poundmakers adolescent treatment centre in St. Paul 25 years ago. He was an amazing mentor and role model to all. I will miss his kindness and commitment to our people. Rest peacefully.
Sharon Gall :
I haven’t seen Merle in 44 years....we were 16 years old. He was a dear friend with a kind heart even as a young man. Deepest condolences to his family. RIP Merle. Sharon
Raye St Denys:
On behalf of the Board and staff of Shining Mountains Living Community Services, I would like to extend sincere condolences to Merles family and friends. He was a consistent warrior and advocate for Aboriginal peoples.
Pamela Glode Desrochers:
The Board and staff of the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia would like for the family to know they are in our prayers. Merle will be missed dearly and I know that anyone who met him made a dear friend. My friend you will be missed. Rest in Peace.
Barb Remple (White):
Hey Cousin, see you later.
Barbara McAuley :
A great man who will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace my friend!
Joyce Rumble :
My heart goes out to all the White family for there loss off husband, father, brother, uncle. I did not know him but know Jo White his sister and niece Sam White and family. Rest in peace Merle.
Tim Heins:
Merle,

Thank you for the many blessings you shared with all of us as you walked your path in this earthly part of our journey together. Your care and generosity of spirit were uplifting to all who had the joy of sharing time with you.

I will carry the memory of the comfort of your presence as a reminder to make and to have time ... for everyone.

Peace be with you, Always.
Diane Huriet:
My prayers are with the White Family. Merle was
a wealth of knowledge. Merle was a well loved man
in the community. REST IN PEACE MERLE
Audrey Parke:
On behalf of the Board and staff of the Lloydminster Native Friendship Center we are extending sincere condolences to Merle's family. We have been a part of Merle's life as a member of the Alberta Native Friendship Center for many years. May the Creator surround the family with strength and comfort during this most difficult time. I had just been at a meeting with Merle, executive board members of the ANFCA a month ago and was to totally shocked to hear if his passing. May the Creator guide him swiftly on his journey home. Again sincere condolence to all his family and friends. Prayers and smudge have been offered for him. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Karen Schickerowsky Acuna:
My condolences to the family. RIP Merle.
laura ducharme:
I am so very sad to learn of Merle's passing, I really appreciated his focus and wisdom during meetings and conferences I attended and he was there. He talked about his kids and was proud of them. His efforts in our community will live on but more important his love for his family.
Vi Roberts Marten :
RIP Merle, thank you for your commitment to the native community we wish you God speed in your journey to the spirit world,
Donna Gladu and family:
Our condolences to the white family. Spiritual strength and peace.
Kerry-Lyne Swayze:
Memories are to be spoken often.
My love and understanding is with you during this time and always. Xoxo
Bernadette Iahtail :
My condolences to Merle White’s family. Merle was absolutely marvellous man. Always kind and respectful to our Indigenous people, willing to help and just wanting to listen to people have to say. Respectfully yours from Creating Hope Society’s staff and board. 9
Rema Quintal :
You will be missed by many
NAFC Senator Helen Hudson MacDonald:
My husband, Sonny and I send our deepest condolences to Merles wife and family. Thank you for allowing the Friendship Centre movement to have so much of Merles time providing us with guidance and friendship throughout the years. May he eat in peace, prayers and hugs to you all.
Julie Pepin:
Such a nice person enjoyed working with Merle
Robin Sullivan:
My deepest sympathy to all Mr. White's family and friends. I met him once a number of years ago when he so graciously came to our school in Red Deer to teach our students and families the proper protocols of drum making and how to care for them. We deeply appreciated his gentle spirit and wisdom.
Lois LaRose:
I have not seen Merle in along time he was such a great friend to all that he met I loved to brush his long hair and have some great talks with him. He will be dearly missed, sending my prayers and love to all Family and friend. RIP now Merle with no more pain. Lois LaRose
Adela Shapka (Arancio):
My thoughts and prayers to Merle’s family. Merle is with his God, surrounded by love, peace and loved ones that have passed before him. Keep him yours hearts and he will always be with you.
Carolyn Vidok:
I didn’t know Merle but I do know the step daughter he helped raise.
Jada-Lyn loves him deeply.
Well done.
Yvonne Oshanyk :
My condolences to the family. Meryl will be missed by all in the Friendship Centre movement.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time
Carol White:
So sorry to hear of this, even though I had not had direct contact with Merle over the years, I have thought of him often. Have many fond memories that will be cherished forever.
Andrea McLandress:
During the time I volunteered with the Calgary friendship centre and ANFCA, Merle was a constant source of guidance, encouragement and support. Merle greatly enriched our urban community by sharing his broad cultural knowledge with grace and humility. He had a unique ability to uplift during discouraging times, knew just when to inject humour to lighten the mood and was never afraid to speak truth to power. Respected by elders, an inspiration to youth, a true Friend... we will miss you, Merle.
Gordon & Mary Butterfly & Family :
We send of deepest regards and condolences to the family. Please accept our deepest prayers for all who were touched by the wise & humble mans life and love for his community & people.
To be spiritual is all our goal and to live the life marked out for us.
Chris Chabot:
Merle took a chance on hiring me at the Rocky Native Friendship Centre years ago and it was the beginning of many life changing experiences for me. He was always the voice of reason in the midst of chaos and am grateful for having known him. Rest in Peace.
Rhonda Arlidge:
My deepest condolences to Merle’s family and our Friendship Centre family. He was a great mentor and advocate for the Friendship Centre movement. I will keep his teachings near and dear. I would like to send prayers to all who knew Merle. He will be missed greatly.
Val Findlay:
THe Edson Friendship Centre would like send our love and prayers to Merle family. thank you for sharing Merle with the Friendship Centre families. I know Merle took his position seriously and helped moved the Alberta Friendship Centre movement with honesty and dignity. He will forever me in our hearts and his teachings will forever be etched in our minds.
Kathy Murch:
Merle was a wise man whom we held in high regard. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Mary LeBeau:
My condolences to Darryl and Eva and family.
My condolences to all family members. May God bless you with strength at this time.
Marlene Gervais:
My deepest sympathy to all of Merles family and friends, Merle was a great friend and is going to be sadly missed in the Friendship Center movement. I looked forward to his visits to our elders circle.Rest In Peace Merle, Hy Hy
Stephanie Brousseau:
My most deepest love and support going out to all of the family. Such an incredibly heart breaking loss.
Joe and Tess Anderson:
we send our condolences to Tyler and Shawna and Misty. big hugs to all
Tilda Hayward :
My deepest condolences to the family. Rest In Peace Merle was A sincere genuine hearted soul

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