CARIBOU – Donald Joseph Daniel Sanipass, 78, died July 15, 2007, surrounded by his loving family and many friends at his residence. He was born Oct. 26, 1928, in Shediac, New Brunswick, the son of David and Margaret Labobe Sanipass. He was a survivor of the Schubenacadie residential school and a member of the Canadian Black Watch, Queens Guard of the Canadian Army. He was a member of the Crown of Maine Chapter No. 292 Korean War Veterans’ Association. He was employed by numerous farming, logging and fishing companies, and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Presque Isle. Donald was a member of the Aroostook band of Mi’Kmaq, serving as its first chief. He was also the first president of the Maine Indian Basket Alliance. He married Mary Ann Lafford and together they received numerous awards and recognitions for their excellence in basket making. Their commitment to teaching others and their unselfish efforts to keep the Mi’Kmaq tradition of basket making alive will be remembered by many. Surviving in addition to his wife of Caribou, are one son, David Sanipass of Buxton; four daughters, Marlene Sanipass and Donna Sanipass, both of Presque Isle, Roldena Sanipass and Cheryl Lafford, both of Caribou; one brother, Joey Sanipass of Big Cove, New Brunswick; and a sister, Lisa Denny of Eskasoni, Nova Scotia; 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Following Mi’Kmaq tradition, friends may call Thursday at the family residence, 42 Doyle Road, Caribou, anytime until time of departure for funeral services. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Presque Isle, with Father Raymond Morency officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. For an online register please go to www.mocklerfuneralhome.com
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:17 p.m.