Juda Oqittuq of Arctic Bay: in memoriam
Juda Oqittuq was born to the late Inutiq and Amaanguatuq (Siurjuk) on Nov. 18, 1947, around the Cape Dorset area. Juda went to heaven on Aug. 28, 2012.
Juda Oqittuq never had any formal education; however, he achieved journeyman heavy equipment operator status. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the territorial government, the municipality, and largely with the mining sector.
He was married to Leah Koonark and raised four beautiful children. After his separation, he lived alone with his beloved son, Bobby Oqittuq, who has passed away recently.
Juda worked hard as a heavy equipment operator and was very proud to have that achievement. He was very passionate about being a HEO and passionate to sing and praise God. He was involved in the church and acted as the organist at the Sunday and praise services. He was an active member of the church.
He was not afraid to teach Inuit culture and the Inuktitut language. He was very much a traditional Inuk and made sure that his family members and relatives know each other.
He had relatives residing in Cape Dorset, Talurjuaq, Hall Beach, Igloolik, Pond Inlet and the Ottawa area.
The family of late Juda Oqittuq would like to thank the following, for providing support and resources: Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Qikiqtani Inuit Association,, First Air, RCMP, Arctic Bay Health Center, Inuujaq School, Hamlet of Arctic Bay, Arctic Bay Alcohol Committee, Carmen (Inutiq) Levi Moses, and Zipporah Oyukuluk, Mr. and Mrs. Kines, Jack an Irene Willie, Taqqut Co-op, Paulette Campbell, Audrey Qamanirq, Leah Qaqqasiq May, Frank May, Tommy Tattatuapik, Olayuk Kigutikarjuk, Piugaatuk Etuk and his group, Ron Elliot, residents of Arctic Bay, and those who we may have forgotten who helped in any way.
Juda Oqituq is survived by his younger brothers Joanasie Kigutaq, Nute Arnauyumayuq and Joanasie Akumalik; and by his sisters Koonoo Campbell, Piuyuq Enoogoo and Geela Arnauyumayuq.
He is also survived by his only son, who is adopted, Imona Akkittirq.
He will be missed greatly by Arctic Bay residents, his co-workers, by the church and by his family members.
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