Ken Nolan, a respected and honored elder of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, a parent, grandparent and friend to many, has completed his journey here on earth. He left us early Thursday morning while in the wonderful care of the staff of Atikokan General Hospital. For three quarters of a century, Ken expressed his wisdom, knowledge, compassion and wit with his family, friends, co-workers and anyone else fortunate enough to have come into contact with him.Ken was born and raised in Missanabie, Ontario where he learned the importance of sharing and caring, providing for his growing family and developing his wonderful sense of humour. His zest for life and family was fostered by a strong connection to the land, his OjiCree heritage and the love of his wife Helen. He raised his children to know and value life and the world around them, placing importance on what was inside, not what could be bought. Ken worked hard at every job he did. He spent the majority of his working life in heavy industry, especially mining. After leaving the Missanabie area, he tried jobs in Welland and Niagara Falls before settling in Atikokan in 1972. It was the lure of the vast wilderness areas surrounding Atikokan that attracted him and his family. His love of hunting and fishing was eclipsed only by his desire to be out in the bush, enjoying all of natureÃs wondrous gifts. You could often find Ken fishing on his favorite lake by motor boat, paddling a canoe on a secluded Quetico Lake or walking the numerous trails with his dog. Ken leaves behind: his constant companion and crib partner, Harriet Morphet; his children Rowena of Welland, Lorne and Senna of Welland, Bobby and Pauline of Belleville, Kenny and Gloria of Sudbury, Durward and Jill of Val Caron, Keith and Karen of Legal, Alberta, Vanessa and Ray of Port Colborne, Cheryl and Charlie of Cochenor, Glenn and Maureen of Atikokan, and Carrie Frechette; his siblings Ted and Shirley of Sault Ste. Marie and Elsie and Alex of Conniston. Ken also has over forty grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Ken was predeceased by his wife and partner of 49 years Helen (Froy); his parents, Dave and Emily and his siblings, Dave, Robert, Vivian, Mabel, Alphonse, Marina and Margaret. A celebration of KenÃs life will be held at the Atikokan Native Friendship Centre at 1:00 pm Monday, October 25. His family and friends will gather and share their memories. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.