Stanley (Stan) Cuthand
December 22, 1918 – May 23, 2016
Rev. Canon Stan Cuthand died peacefully after a lengthy hospital stay on May 23, 2016. Stan was born in 1918 on Little Pine First Nation, son of Harriet and Josie Cuthand. He was a survivor of the Spanish Flu epidemic at four months of age. He attended day school on Little Pine, followed by boarding house to complete high school in Prince Albert. He convocated in 1944 with a Bachelors of Theology. He worked as a priest for the Anglican Church. He met and married Christina Lennan in 1944, and they had four children, Doug, Beth, John, and Ruth. His life's work was translating the bible into Plains Cree Roman Orthographics and Syllabics. His secular work included a stint with Indian Affairs in 1969 until 1975 when he became an assistant professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. He retired to Saskatchewan and worked at the First Nations University of Canada (S.I.F.C.) and Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre. He taught until he was 80 years old; he enjoyed his students immensely. His greatest reward in teaching was getting the students to think for themselves. He was computer literate, his file names were all in Cree and he enjoyed his Facebook page to keep up with his many relations. He lead an active and healthy life and was a loving, funny, devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Stan was predeceased by his parents, Harriet and Josie Cuthand; brothers Aaron, Adam, and Issac; sisters Beatrice, and Jean; childhood friend and cousin Smith Atimoyoo; grandson Christopher; and beloved wife Christina. He is survived by his four children Doug (Pauline), Beth (Gerry William), John (Eileen), and Ruth; grandchildren Lorne (Marcella), Steven Paul, Lisa George, Sky, Luke Morrisseau, Thirza, Shawn, Deanna, Sharlene, Shannon, and Jenny; great-grandchildren Danielle, Jordan, Taylor, and Kristjan Paul; as well as numerous nephews and nieces. The family would like to thank the staff at Stonebridge Crossing, and St. Pauls Hospital, for caring for our loved one so well. The Memorial will be at Acadia McKague's Funeral Centre in Saskatoon on Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. Wake will be held Thursday evening at Little Pine First Nations Elders Hall, and Funeral on Friday, May 27 at 2 p.m. at the Elder Hall. Feast to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stan Cuthand Scholarship.
Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix on May 25, 2016.