2017-06-08 / Obituaries

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Paquin, Sr.


Thomas Paquin, Sr. Thomas Paquin, Sr. Thomas James “Tommy” Paquin, Sr. was a military veteran and a commercial fisherman. Mr. Paquin passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at his daughter’s home in Baraga. He was 66.

He was born July 17, 1950, to Tom and Gloria “Shine” Paquin at Millecoquins Lake.

Mr. Paquin first went to school in Newberry. His family then moved to Garnet, and he attended school in Rexton until the eighth grade. He then finished school and was graduated from Engadine High School. While attending Engadine High School, he had a special interest in shop class taught by Russell Schultz. Mr. Schultz helped him along with his many talents.

After school, he worked at Browning’s Shingle Mill in Garnet. He also worked there during summers, until he joined the United States Marine Corps. After he was discharged, Mr. Paquin moved to Baraga, where he reared his family. He was a commercial fisherman.

He was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

An artistic person, Mr. Paquin enjoyed making cutting boards with wildlife scenes drawn on them, as well as wood-burned wildlife on cribbage boards. He whittled guns and made beautiful cards, family members said. He loved people, fishing, his heritage, the outdoors, and all of his family members.

He is survived by four children and their families, Tahala Davis, Janelle Paquin, Joseph Paquin, and David Paquin; several grandchildren; one brother, David Paquin of Rexton; one sister, Connie Paquin of Garnet, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Paquin was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Paquin, Jr.; a sister, Rose Paquin, and a great-nephew, Lawrence “T.D.” Fultz.

A Native American service was held in Baraga Thursday, June 1.

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