Keith Lickers

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Norman Keith Lickers


In his 79th year, died suddenly and peacefully and Brantford General Hospital on January 12, 2021. Married to his loving wife Phyllis for 53 years.  He will be dearly missed by his son David (Barb), grandsons Brenon, Devan, daughters Kathleen and Constance.  Dearly loved by his family Ron Jamieson (Rebecca), Big Daddy to Matt and Darrin, Mary, Erica, Layne, Hayden, Dylan, Roberta (Tom), Jessica (Ian), Daisy, Miles, Lyla, Keith (Cathy), Nathan (Megan), Brodie, Rebecca, James, Mark (Linda), Lisa.  Predeceased by his parents Norm and Freda Lickers, brothers Ron, Robert, Gary and sister Joan.  He is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins within the Lickers family.  Keith dedicated his life to Indigenous education beginning as a senior elementary teacher in 1963 at J.C. Hill in Ohsweken, Ontario.  In 1972 he became the first Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre.  From 1974 until his retirement in 2006 he commuted daily from Six Nations to Toronto where he led policy reform of Ontario’s education curriculum for Indigenous studies at the Ontario Ministry of Education.  His efforts were supported by many fellow educators at Six Nations to solidify Indigenous education in Ontario.  Nipissing University honoured his career and contributions in 2011 by presenting him with an Honourary Doctorate degree.  Before his health limited his mobility, he thoroughly enjoyed riding his lawnmower and driving – his cars were forever immaculate.  Our family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the team of health professionals at Six Nations dialysis, the Six Nations community care providers and medical drivers Margaret, Mick and Robert.  A private family service will be held at a later time.  Arrangements by Styres Funeral Home, Ohsweken.  www.rhbanderson.com

Condolences

Posted by Kim and Kenny Hill on
Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the Lickers and Jamieson family. He was a most remarkable and wonderful man and we were honored to know him. May the Creator wrap his arms around you all at this time.
Posted by Darlene & Gord Hill on
Our sincere condolences to the Lickers and Jamieson families.
Posted by Brenda MtPleasant on
Sincere condolences to Lickers and Jamieson family.
Posted by Terry General on
Our sincere condolences are extended to the Lickers and Jamieson families.
Posted by John David Sargent on
Grant, then, O my God, that Thy servant may consort with Thy chosen ones, Thy saints and Thy Messengers in heavenly places that the pen cannot tell nor the tongue recount.
Posted by Rebecca Harrison on
Sending my sincere condolence and prayers to the Lickers and Jamieson families.
Posted by Tracy Aaron and Mary Longboat on
Our sincerest condolences to you all, may you find comfort in each other and remembering the good times. My Mom sends her love and condolences to Phyllis and her family.
Posted by Amos Key Jr on
To Momsy aka Phyllis, the Lickers and Jamieson Families

I was informed of this news late yesterday, and it took me some time to reflect last evening.

My Heartfelt Condolences to all of you during this time... and under this pandemic cloud.
It makes it so hard not to be there in person.

Know that I have such great cherished memories growing up with you all
with Momsy as head of the Household and Restaurant. Some good laughs to be sure.

Kieth Lickers will be best known as and Educator and for his work, working within the Ministry of Education to convince them 'our ways of knowing' was just as
valid and legitimate as English Education.

For m, he was a great ally to my work in/for Languages from his long tenure, in the MOWAT Block at the Ministry of Education, Toronto.

Many, may not know he was a great Advocate for our languages! It was his advocacy work that moved/convinced the Ministry of Education that 'Native Language'
should be taught within Ontario Schools (1980's) and should be accredited alongside French.

I can honestly say he was a great Mentor of mine, in my work at the Woodland Cultural Centre, from his Toronto Offices (over our many hours of conversation by phone) in the early days of our work together; to save, stabilize and maintain our Onkwehonweh languages. He was able to work from the inside, and I from the outside, with the founding of Gawenni:yo. These were early days of 'Indian Control of Indian Education'. We did not just talk the talk, we actually tried to walk the talk!

Thank you Keith, for your time working with me as a mentor and inspiring me as a former Teacher of mine ... way, way back when.

I will always remember your early hot rod cars too... especially that Green Charger !

Rest in Peace my Friend and Mentor!

Be safe everyone.

Tae:howęhs / Amos Key Jr
Posted by Gord & Carolyn Chymko on
Our heartfelt condolences, Phylis, & to your family. We will truly miss our visits with Keith. We pray you will all find comfort in your many fond memories. As the sun sets on our lake we will always remember you Keith. God Bless.
Posted by Gord & Carolyn Chymko on
Our heartfelt condolences, Phylis, & to your family. We will truly miss our visits with Keith. We pray you will all find comfort in your many fond memories. As the sun sets on our lake we will always remember you Keith. God Bless.
Posted by Bob and Deb Watts on
Phyllis and family , our sympathies for the loss of Keith. We have many good memories of him. Our prayers are for the family and for Keith for his spirit journey. He was a great leader and advocate for education and language.
Posted by Bob and Deb Watts on
Phyllis and family , our sympathies for the loss of Keith. We have many good memories of him. Our prayers are for the family and for Keith for his spirit journey. He was a great leader and advocate for education and language.
Posted by Bob and Deb Watts on
Phyllis and family , our sympathies for the loss of Keith. We have many good memories of him. Our prayers are for the family and for Keith for his spirit journey. He was a great leader and advocate for education and language.
Posted by Janice Mt Pleasant on
My condolence to the Lickers Jamieson Family. In my thoughts and Prayers.
Posted by Debby Feeney on
So sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to all the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Evelyn Holyome on
To All my love and prayers.
Posted by Joanne Seneca Rowshandel on
Sending sincere and heartfelt condolences during this sorrowful time.
There are no words that can the ease the pain that you all bear. We hope that our love and healing prayers help to give you peace as Keith's memory will live forever in your heart. We can't be there in person but please feel our love and comforting hugs. Joanne Michael and Family❤
Posted by Teresa Pring-Miller on
Sending all of you my heartfelt condolences. I have many great memories of Mr Lickers always welcoming me into your home and taking time to chat. May all of your wonderful memories bring you strength and the love of others help you during this difficult time. Sending love to all.
Posted by Janet Hill on
To Phyllis and the Lickers/Jamieson clan I send my sincere condolences to you and to all of his loved ones. Journey well Keith.
Posted by Candice Metallic on
Keeping your family in our prayers and sending Keith wishes for a peaceful journey to the spirit world. Lots of love to you all. Xoox
Posted by Barry Hill on
I was saddened to learn of Keith's passing. My condolences to Phyllis and the whole family at this time of loss. I recently found some old pictures of Keith and our "gang" in our acting days as part of the Six Nations Pageant. In the early years we spent a lot of the evenings stumbling through the bush looking for firewood in the dark before we got promoted to be actors. It was the beginning of our history education in a much simpler time. Peace.
Posted by Jim & Tina Marshall on
To Aunt Phyllis and the Lickers/Jamieson family please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Keith. We are thinking of you and send our love.
Posted by Claudine VanEvery-Albert on
Heartfelt Condolences to Phyllis and Family on the passing of Keith.

One might say that Keith's family and my family grew up together - at Sour Springs Corner where, as kids, we all spent many a Saturday afternoon playing football or badminton in the orchard, 'moving-up' softball at the school or playing hockey on the local pond. I will never forget the Hallowe'en outfit that Keith wore for Trick or Treating every year! We would see him coming through the orchard with his wine-coloured woman's coat with fur on the collar, his funny little granny hat with a couple of feathers, his funny mask and his big rubber boots! Keith always had a great sense of humour. I had the opportunity to work with Keith on other education- and council-related activities in the last little while. Keith was a great guy to work with - one who spoke him mind but also really listened to what others had to say. In terms of his work at the Ministry of Ed, I have to say that he took Native Education a long way in Ontario. Over time, others of us followed his lead.

We, at Sour Springs Corner, will miss Keith as we have missed the others of his family.

Dicki at the Corner
Posted by Dorothy Patterson on
Dear Phyllis and family...my deepest condolences to you, and all your families on the passing of your Keith. I wanted to stop by but this scary time with covid prevented that from happening. Please know my loving thoughts go out to you and
yours. Your old village friend, babysitter and neighbour, Dodie.
Posted by Elizabeth Bigwin on
To all of Keith’s family, I send my deepest sympathies. For so many of the past forty something years since my dad introduced us when they worked together at the Ministry of Education,I have felt honoured to have continued the conversation with such a dedicated educator. I will miss Keith’s presence here but he remains in our hearts and minds.
Posted by Nicole McAllister on
Sincere condolences to family and friends. I keep many fond memories of this great man and devoted educator. I had the privilege to work with Keith at the Ministry .... he was kind, caring, calm, knowledgeable and a great leader specially with the Indigenous Education. RIP
Posted by Nicole McAllister on
Sincere condolences to family and friends. I keep many fond memories of this great man and devoted educator. I had the privilege to work with Keith at the Ministry .... he was kind, caring, calm, knowledgeable and a great leader specially with the Indigenous Education. RIP
Posted by Nicole McAllister on
Sincere condolences to family and friends. I keep many fond memories of this great man and devoted educator. I had the privilege to work with Keith at the Ministry .... he was kind, caring, calm, knowledgeable and a great leader specially with the Indigenous Education.
Posted by Pam Wheaton & Pat Sawchuk on
We remember fondly our times working with Keith over the many years of his inspired career - early on when he was Executive Director at the Woodland Cultural Centre and through his lengthy time at the Ontario Ministry of Education. His dedication and leadership were hallmarks of his efforts to develop and implement relevant and meaningful Indigenous education policy. Keith was the consummate professional, always respected and respectful of others. He provided leadership in his quiet, modest way. He will be missed.
Posted by Betty Recollet on
Sincerest heartfelt condolences to the whole family. Rest in loving peace Mr. Lickers
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