Niles passed away peacefully at home in Anchorage, surrounded by his family and friends after a long illness.
Born at St. Ann's Hospital in Juneau to Santiago and Mary Cesar, he attended St Ann's parochial school and Juneau Douglas High School. Niles graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Tidewater Community College. He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from George Washington University.
Niles enlisted in the U.S. Navy
and was commissioned as an officer, including active duty on the USS Midway. Following twenty years of service, Niles returned to Juneau and continued to devote his skills to achieving the provision of first-rate healthcare services to Southeast Alaska Natives, working with SEARHC.
Niles went on to become the Regional Director for Alaska with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Throughout twenty years in the position, Niles worked to maximize the services and benefits provided to Alaska Natives, including establishing the BIA Providers Conference. Niles was particularly proud of his many years of advocacy as a member of the Federal Subsistence Board in Alaska.
Niles was a Tribal member of Tlingit and Haida, a shareholder and previous board member of Sealaska and Goldbelt Inc. Known by his Tlingit name, Sxayadheich, he was a member of the Lukaax Adi Sockeye Raven (Yeil Hit) House of Haines. Niles was also a proud member of the Filipino community.
Niles was preceded in death by his parents, Santiago and Mary, sisters Amelia and Marilyn, brother Michael and grand-nephew D.J.
Niles is survived by his loving wife, Florence Carroll; daughters Jennifer Cesar (Padraig) and Amelia Kendrick (Ben); stepchildren Carrie McMillan (Paul), Kyle McMillan, Jennifer Waters (Tom); brothers Kermit (Andrea), Del (Marlene) and Kenneth (Jackie); brother-in-laws Ted Wieting and Ray McClure; grandsons Joshua Thorene and Benjamin Niles Kendrick; grand-daughter Madison Kendrick; great grand-daughter Jamie Thorene. He will be missed tremendously by the many he touched, and would want us to keep "Living the dream".
A memorial service will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish (2901 Huffman Road) Saturday March 24, 2012 at 1:00pm in Anchorage. A reception will follow at O'Malley's on the Green (3651 O'Malley Road).
A Juneau memorial service will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic
Church (9055 Atlin Drive) at 1:00p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2012. A
celebration of life will follow at the Tlingit Haida Hall (3235 Hospital
Drive) at 3:30p.m.
Arrangements were entrusted to Cremation Society of Alaska. An online guest may be signed at www.alaskacremation.com