Justin Finkbonner Memorial Fund

$13,800 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 177 people in 44 months
RedWolf Pope
on behalf of RedWolf Pope
 SEATTLE, WA
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.

Update:
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."
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Hi everyone, I want to thank you all for your support.

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
https://www.gofundme.com/justin-finkbonner-art-and-memorial
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RedWolf Pope
44 months ago
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Thank you everyone. How quickly this memorial was funded shows how many people's lives Justin touched.

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RedWolf Pope
44 months ago

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.

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RedWolf Pope
44 months ago

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153808062825419&set=a.446107380418.218380.674680418&type=3&theater

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Joyce Hatcher
44 months ago

Is this the uncle of the boy who had that flesh eating disorder? Please send my condolences to the family.

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$13,800 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 177 people in 44 months
Created December 16, 2015
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OL
$25
Olive Lefferson
26 months ago
KW
$500
K W
44 months ago
$25
Stacy Erickson
44 months ago

Got a little extra Xmas money as a bonus from my employers and wanted to pay it forward. Searched for local campaigns and recognized the name Finkbonner - I'm from Bellingham and have some wonderful cousins with the last name Finkbonner. I then saw that my friend donated as well - so wanted to give. Rest in peace.

MF
$15
Marlene Foster
44 months ago

Go in peace, beautiful warrior.

SP
$200
Savitha Pathi
44 months ago

On behalf of Climate Solutions

AK
$25
Aleks Kask
44 months ago
ME
$25
Mariana Edgar
44 months ago

Justin it was a pleasure knowing you.. Even if it was for a short time. Love and strength to your family who are left behind . May your journey into the next life be blessed with love and safety. You will be with us always on the water and in our hearts... Love The Edgar Canoe family ❤️

PC
$100
Pyramid Communications
44 months ago
SW
$25
Stella Wachendorf
44 months ago
OS
$50
Orcas Island Historical Society
44 months ago

Thanks for all you did to preserve the history of your tribe and the islands. You will be missed by all your friends on Orcas Island

RedWolf Pope
44 months ago
3
3

Thank you everyone. How quickly this memorial was funded shows how many people's lives Justin touched.

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RedWolf Pope
44 months ago

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.

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RedWolf Pope
44 months ago

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153808062825419&set=a.446107380418.218380.674680418&type=3&theater

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Joyce Hatcher
44 months ago

Is this the uncle of the boy who had that flesh eating disorder? Please send my condolences to the family.

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