Clyde "CJ" Edward Goodswimmer II

02/01/1993 - 05/12/2020

Obituary For Clyde "CJ" Edward Goodswimmer II

January 2, 1993 – December 5, 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our Clyde "CJ" Edward Goodswimmer II. CJ passed away in his home community in Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation on December 5, 2020 at the age of 27.

CJ was born on January 2, to Rebecca Gouchey and Clyde Goodswimmer as the New Year’s Baby of the Valleyview/Sturgeon Lake Area in 1993.

Our beloved CJ leaves behind in mourning his mother Rebecca (Gary) and father Clyde (Flora). His cherished children Myles, Davis and baby girl Lina, his Kookum Denise Gouchey, siblings Dawn, Logan (Sharla), Jaycee (Dillon), Cree, Keenan (Presley), Kaitlyn, Sydney, Clayson, Theo and Lakyn and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins.

CJ is predeceased by his grandparents Edward and Violet Goodswimmer, his grandfather Tommy Gouchey, big Brother Deiter Goodswimmer, uncle Walter Goodswimmer, aunt Evelyn Gouchey, niece Kawapun Pisim (When the Sun Comes Out) and his cousin David Mustus Jr.

CJ spent his childhood in Edmonton with his mother and as a teenager he moved to Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation with his father and Flo. CJ had a love for music, his favourite artist was Eminem and he did not like anything country. He loved to be involved in organizing sport activities and he was the biggest fan and supporter of his siblings and their athletic endeavors. His favourite season was hockey season and the Alberta Native Hockey Provincials was something that he looked forward to every year. He volunteered every chance he could. Although he always said the hours were long and the work could be tedious at times, he much appreciated meeting new friends, the comradery of the volunteer’s unit and being a part of the event.

CJ was the nicest and most caring man; he was the type of person that would literally give you the shirt off his back and the shoes off his feet, which his parents know all too well from the various coats and shoes they bought him over the years.
He was a generous and loyal friend, but his greatest life achievement was being a father to his children.

There will be a viewing for Clyde (CJ) Edward Goodswimmer at Bear Creek Funeral Home and Cremation Sanctuary located at 11802 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie on Friday, December 11, 2020 open to family and friends with groups of seven per group from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Please be aware that you may be asked to wait in your vehicle if there is a group in the facility already.

There will be a private service on December 12, 2020 at 11:00am by invitation only. For those that are unable to attend the service, it will be lived streamed to the Bear Creek Funeral Home Youtube channel. After the conclusion of the services, we will be bringing him to the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Cemetery for interment (burial) at 2:00pm.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Clyde and family. I am so very sorry to hear of your son's passing. Thinking of you at this tough time.
- Ronnie Jones
Clyde & Family, Sincere condolences in the passing of CJ. Hold those fond memories of him close to your heart.
- Randy Repka
My deepest condolences to CJ's family. My fondest memory of CJ is when we were chatting together one day and he said" Thank you Mrs. Smith for not treating me like I was stupid and for teaching me not to punch holes in the walls when I' m mad" CJ was undoubtedly one of my most favorite students in my 40 years as a teacher. His big heart and his great smile always shone through. Rest in peace CJ. And don't punch any holes in the walls of your kingdom in Heaven. Thank you for being a part if my life. Until we meet again here's your hug.
- Valerie Smith

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