It is with a great sorrow that we share the news that Abenaki Associates’ President and Owner, Percy Barnaby passed away at 84 years old, peacefully in his home in Eel Ground First Nation, on October 25th, 2020.
Percy served as the visionary leader of our company since its inception in 1984, and, as many of you well know, he was a warm-hearted, generous, and hard working man.
He possessed a deep and sincere love for serving the many First Nations communities and individuals he developed relationships with over the last 36 years. For Percy, Abenaki was more than a business, it was his way of giving back to the people and culture that shaped him as a man, husband, father, and leader. He wanted to see all First Nations Peoples leverage technology to lift themselves into an era of prosperity and partnership, truly becoming People of the New Dawn.
We are tremendously saddened by his passing, but also inspired by the hope and passion with which he led our organization. Rest assured, Percy’s vision for Abenaki will continue despite this tragic loss.
The guiding principles Percy set forth for us here at Abenaki were to work tirelessly for the betterment of all First Nations communities and individuals, to remain innovative in the face of adversity and challenge, and to strive to be the best at what we do, because it was our clients that ultimately benefited.
So, in carrying on Percy’s legacy, we commit to you that we will hold fast to these guiding principles as an organization while we move forward into the future.
In the weeks and months ahead, we will be making some exciting announcements as we work to put in place the plans, ideas, and visions Percy had in mind for the future of Abenaki Associates.
However, and above all else, Percy would want us to say “thank you”. Thank you for your loyalty to us as a company. Thank you for believing in us when we stepped out with a bold idea over three decades ago to use computers to improve the lives of our People in meaningful ways. Thank you for being, not only our clients, but our friends.
Wela’lin for your leadership and vision, Percy.
We will miss you.