Despite loss we are strong.
As friends and colleagues of the Yindjibarndi Nation.
I bring to you today sad news of the passing of our Yindjibarndi Elder Mr. Ned Cheedy. As most of you know, Mr. Cheedy was 105 years old and lived a remarkable life.
On behalf of his family I want to thank you all for participating one way or another in this man’s journey protecting Yindjibarndi.
Yindjibarndi CEO Michael Woodley released this statement on the 1st April, 2012.
On Saturday, 21st April, our beloved elder was laid to rest in the New Roebourne Cemetery, reunited with his wife who pre-deceased him by five years. The service was attended by his friends and family and there were over 500 around the grave side.
He passed away peacefully on a Saturday morning at his daughter’s house. His last request was that the curtains be opened so he could see the sun rise. He lived long enough to see the divisions tearing his beloved people and country apart begin to be healed. This was his final gift to us and we shall treasure it as long as the land endures.