It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear husband, son, brother , uncle and grandfather Lambert at the age of 53 years old.
Lambert was survived by his loving wife and best friend Joyce, mom Rita and late father Pete; siblings : Rodney (Levern), Pam ( Lucius), Wanda (Scotty), Lorraine (Barry) and Harvey. His Children late Logan and Loren, late Treagan, Daughter Sakura, and grand children; Skylar, chazly, Rylan and baby Jazz, Marcy , Cashton, Kelly. aunties, Veronica, Elizabeth ( Martin) in laws; Geraldine ( Richard), Josephine, Stella, Theresa (Alfie), Noreen, brother in law, Gilbert ( Shirley).
Lambert was a very generous and caring person, he stepped into the late Kevin Vielle’s shoes took over the care and responsibilities of his children and grand children. And he made a special connection and bond with Joyce nephews and nieces, who all loved him and cash called his uncle Lambie, each and everyone of them made him known they appreciated his love and care, he was so honoured and held each and everyone of them close to his heart.
He Was raised in Little Chicago on the Blood Reserve and attended school in stand-off, Levernand Glenwood. He furthered his education in a Life Skills Program also employed as a guard with the Blood Tribe Police and Btest carpentry program and also custodian with saipoyi elementary school with the Late Herman Vielle. And FCSS as a maintenance handyman, worked very closely with Melvin Iron Shirt he was his right hand man and also went fire fighting in Larouge with the late Kevin Vielle fire crew.
He was also a very cultural person and respected the Sundance and was very honoured to be asked by Allan Ehli and the late Chris Strangling Wolf Sr too help them both at the Sundance.
Lambert established his homestead in little Chicago and enjoyed beautifying his home and yard by landscaping and planting trees. And friends, family, in laws were all welcome to his home that is so full of warmth and peace. He enjoyed being a rancher and took great pride in the care of his horses and cattle, also had two best friends his two dogs who protected their master when they go on nature walks and when people pull up too his home he’ll have too come out and meet them and calm his two dogs.
Lambert had a lot of friends young and old he attracted people through his special demeanour and charisma, was a very friendly man, and communicated very well with his fluent Blackfoot, people admire him for it.
Lambert was so proud too have come upon a good man and through the years they became very good friends and often talked about him he’s the one person he confide in and knows his deepest dark secrets is Allen Wells. Lambert enjoyed going too church with his wife Joyce and encouraged his late son Logan too go along with them, he appreciates any blessing that came his way.
Before his passing he attended a weekly day program with Kainai wellness, he enjoyed the presenters and what they offered too clients, and was very proud too receive his certificate upon completion he spoked very highly of the program and the connection he made with staff.
One of Lamberts past time is travelling, doing crafts and ammoniating, where he got the chance too sell his ammonite too Phoenix art gallery when he travelled with the late Calvin Black Horse.
Lambert grew up by his cousins the Curly Riders, Rabbits, Crane Chiefs, Gros Ventre Boys.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Iimahkayapii - Lambert Many Fingers. Lambert was born to Pete and Rita Many Fingers on May 18, 1969 at the Cardston Hospital. Lambert is survived by his wife Joyce Wolf Child; his mother Rita Many Fingers; children Lauren Heavy Runner and Shikira Crow Eagle; Adopted children Tasha (Brad) and Robbi (Taralee) Heavy Runner; Siblings Rod (Lavern) First Rider, Blair (Kathy) First Rider, Pam (Lucious) Wadsworth, Wanda (Scotty) Many Guns, Lorraine (Barry) Many Fingers, Jennifer (Warren) Crying Head, Harvey Many Fingers and Rochelle Crying Head; as well as many nieces and nephews too numerous to mention. Grandchildren; Skyler and Chazly Heavy Runner. Goddaughter; Carlyn Heavy Runner
Lambert attended kindergarten at Levern Elementary then went on to Glenwood School from grade 1 to Grade 9 and completed his secondary schooling at Cardston High School.
Lambert enjoyed the outdoors and loved nature from a very young age. Walking along the river and hills was something he enjoyed daily. He would often walk miles to go visit his aunts/uncles and relatives. Lambert was known by his family to literally wake up with the sun, get ready, and be out the door to go exploring. Old abandoned houses and hunting shelters were among his many interests. He would often come home at sundown with items he found during his adventures and with many stories of what he had discovered.
In his early years, Lambert enjoyed participating in many different activities, often helping his dad with chores around the house including feeding and tending to his dads many farm animals. Lamberts passion was horses. He was known to be very skilled when it came to breaking them turning them into loyal companions, which he enjoyed riding through the hills surrounding his home. Lambert enjoyed many different activities including branding, caring for his home, sports, and just being outside as this is where he was most content. Among the sports that he enjoyed, Lambert enjoyed playing hockey and long distance running at a young age. His fondest memories included playing hockey for Keith Chief Moon.
Lambert had many skills and was employed in several areas throughout his life including building log homes, Blood Tribe FCSS, BTEST, Fire Fighting and was instrumental in building fences with Alan Wells and Melvin Iron Shirt on the Blood Reserve. Lambert once took a trip to Pheonix, Arizona to attend a ammonite rocks show. This was one of his fondest memories in which he talked about many times when he was around his family.
Lambert was both a religious and spiritual man. When he was younger his grandmother, Rachel Crying Head, had him baptized in the Catholic Church. He enjoyed going to church and found comfort in praying his rosary. However, it was through his connection to the Blackfoot culture that helped mold him into the man that many people respected. Like much of his family Lamberts first language was Blackfoot. As a little boy he was admired for his excellent use of the Blackfoot language. Lambert enjoyed and respected the annual Aakokatsin, once being a helper to Allen Eli and Chris Strangling Wolf during their time as members of the holy Horn Society.
Lambert was especially close to his family, especially his grand children whom he loved very much. He would often visit his sister Lorraine every morning just to check in as well he shared a special relationship with his niece Kristy, whom he had a large part in raising. To his co workers he was known to be silly at times and had an excellent work ethic. He will be particularly missed at the Standoff and Moses Lake daycare centres where he was known to be effieciant at getting the job done.
Lambert was a quiet and humble man. As his grandson Skyler one said “he is a silent guardian, our watchful protector, a dark night ‘. In his older years he could be seen enjoying the outdoors, tending to his dogs, caring for his home, and taking pride in Little Chicago where he spent his whole life. Lambert will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his wife, family and friends.
Lambert was predeceased by his father Pete Many Fingers, Grandparents Sebastian and Racheal Crying Head, sons Logan Many Fingers and Treegan Crow Eagle. Extended families Hairy Bulls, Wolf Childs, Tail Feathers, Russell, Standing Alone, Davis, Day Chief, Running Rabbit, Rabbit, Wells, Rides at the Door, Across the Mountains, White Quills, Bad Man, Crane Chief, Heavy Runner, Many Grey Horse, Black Plumes, Calling Last, Panther Bones.
A Wake Service will be held at Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve on Sunday, June 12 from 6:00 - 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be
held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Blood Reserve on Monday, June 13 at 11:00 am with interment to follow in Pioneer Cemetery, Levern, AB.