Justin Finkbonner Memorial Fund
Justin was a man who always had a smile and joke ready.
He got his degree. He taught grant-writing, started businesses, helped youth reconnect with their culture, skippered traditional canoes, he was a traditional dancer, drummer, singer, father. And a good friend.
And this is what I hope we all remember him for.
You all know what I mean, for if you knew him, you have a memory of him helping you learn something, network, or laugh.
At this time of tragedy, he leaves behind two sons, and a community that looked up to him as a role model and leader. Justin always believed strongly in the Canoe and the culture and healing it carried.
Please help in any way you can. This fund and your donation will be split 3 ways:
1. To help the family's memorial and funeral expenses.
2. To help his young sons, Kaiden and Liam.
3. To set up a memorial fund to be donated to canoe families. In this way, Justin can continue giving back, to the Lummi youth canoe, and to all the others, through the healing and culture of the canoe which he believed in so strongly.
1. The Lummi Nation will be covering the majority of the memorial and funeral expenses. So this part will help cover the family's direct costs such as flying Justin's father in.
2. Both Mothers have been consulted as to how they wish to receive the shares for Justin's sons. They also have Trusts set up/being set up for their sons. Special thanks to Aaron Kiviat, an attorney / estate planner and childhood friend of Justin's for his offer of help.
3. Potlatch Fund, where Justin worked teaching grantwriting is now aware of this tragedy and has agreed to accept #3, the memorial fund.
It will be earmarked towards grants which are given out each year to the Canoe Families to continue their yearly journeys "on the highways of our ancestors."
In the Coast Salish way of Justin's people, a memorial is held a little over a year after someone's passing.
This is that time.
We are going to be fundraising for his memorial, as well as auctioning off some of his art.
The page to donate is here, and art items will be added as they can be photographed. Scroll down to the bottom for information and location on the July 8th memorial event.
Thank you Hy'sheque
Thanks Everyone, We now consider this memorial funded. However, the page will be left up for his children, family, friends and coworkers to be able to view the messages left in his honor. The link below has a breakdown of the funds usage. Again, thank you all.
Is this the uncle of the boy who had that flesh eating disorder? Please send my condolences to the family.