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Clifford Edwin Spence
July 7, 1971 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 52) 52 Years Old
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In loving memory of
Clifford Edwin Spence
July 7, 1971 – December 26, 2023
It is with great sadness to announce the sudden passing of our beloved father, brother,
nephew, cousin and friend. Clifford Edwin Spence (Babashee) of Lake St. Martin First Nation
passed away at his home in Winnipeg on December 26, 2023 at the age of 52.
Left to cherish his memory are his son Marcus Spence, step son A. J. Desmarais, daughter Levi
Mackenzie. Left to mourn is his lady partner Jenny Desmarais. He also leaves his sister Sandra
Spence and brother Daniel Spence.
His memory will also be cherished by his uncles Ernest Spence, Angus Spence, Jim Wood
(Florence) and Raymond Decker (Beatrice). Aunts: Florence Wood and Beatrice Decker.
He also leaves many cousins and friends too many to mention. He also leaves his many neechie
friends and you all know who you are.
Clifford was also fond of his great aunt, Mrs. Helen Sumner of Pinaymootang First Nation and
he called her Kookoo. He said she was the last Kookoo he had left.
Clifford was predeceased by his mother, Lucille Inez Spence, October, 1986, grandparents
Edwin Spence 1987, and Elsie Spence 2006. In life he lost too many family members and
friends. He is probably having a happy reunion with his family and friends right now.
Before Clifford got hurt he worked at different jobs as a fork lift operator, welder, baker and
food server. He worked hard to bring up his children as a loving father. He was very proud of
his son and daughter and would often talk about them. Then for the last ten years he had been
living with his lady partner Jenny. He also lived with his brother Daniel. It was at his main
residence where Clifford passed away. He died at his home.
Clifford loved to be with his family. He was close to his sons and daughter as well as his
extended family. He would always phone and visit his family.
Clifford loved to be with his family and friends. He was fun and humorous. He loved to laugh
and sometimes at his own expense. We are all going to miss our Babashee. His name means
“I’m too busy.” His grandfather called him that because that is the only Ojibwe word he knew
when he was just a small child. He knew if he said that word he would get what he wanted.
Also just to let his friends know he could speak Ojibwe quite well. He enjoyed speaking his
language and his aunts enjoyed it too.
Life was not easy for Clifford but he had complete faith in God. He knew it was God that
sustained him all those years. If he did not get along with someone he would forgive and pray
for them. He knew he had to pray for his enemies. If he wronged someone he would try and
One of the things he liked was getting food hampers from Lake St. Martin Chief and Council. He
looked forward to meeting people from back home. He also had a weekly hamper from
another source. He was getting food from Mamawe. These hampers helped as he had a
To conclude, Clifford’s life was sometimes not easy but he faced life with courage. He never
complained about his illnesses or his diabetes. So Babashee, may you rest in peace till we meet
The family wishes to extend sincere appreciation to the Lake St. Martin Chief and Council for
the help that was given. Our appreciation also goes to those who came to offer support during
the wake and the funeral. Our family appreciates all your prayers, donations, food and support
we received at this difficult time. Kitchi Meegwetch.
Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 6:00 pm-11pm
Eternal Grace Funerals Funeral Service:
Friday, January 12, 2024 at 11:00 am
Eternal Grace Funerals
10-1111 Logan Avenue, Winnipeg, MB Officiant:
Pastor Clarence Morse Interment:
St. Clements Cemetery, Selkirk, MB
Donald Spence Sr.
Marcus Spence Crossbearer:
Sandra Spence Honorary Pallbearers:
Vance Spence Ernest Spence
Angus Spence Andrew Spence
James Wood Patrick McMahon
Vivian & Lans Omarr
And all those that knew him.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He
leads me beside still water. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for
His names sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no
evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before
me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely
goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life, And I shall dwell in the house of the
Rest in peace Clifford and may God be with you!