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WADSWORTH, Leonard Earl

July 1, 1930 — December 26, 2019

The family of Leonard Earl “Len” are deeply saddened by the passing of our much-loved father, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, and uncle.  Len is survived by his loving sons, Graham (Colleen) and Brent (Linda); his brothers Dale (Joanne) and Brian (Gerry); his sisters Delores Crane, Sandra Wray and Linda Wagner; and sister-in-law Suezanne Wadsworth; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families throughout Canada and the United States.  Len was predeceased by his wife Eileen, father John Albert, mother Winnifred, brothers Gary, Howard “Bud” and Lynn, brothers-in-law Ray Crane, Larry Wagner and Norm Wray, and sisters-in-law Emma Wadsworth and Sharon Wadsworth.  Len was born July 1st, 1930 and was raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where he started his career with Canada’s military.  He joined the reserve army, serving with the King’s Own Rifles of Canada for eight years, and subsequently enlisted in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps in September of 1949.  Len was posted to the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment where he served in Korea with ‘B’ Squadron.  Upon returning to Canada in 1953, he was posted to the Combat Arms School and while on leave met his wife Eileen in Calgary, marrying June 1955.  Len went on to serve with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment at CFB Borden, CFB St. John’s Newfoundland, CFB Calgary, CFB Hemer (Germany), and CFB Gagetown, NB where he was posted to the Royal Canadian Dragoons and assigned to the Combat Arms School.  In 1973 Len was posted to the B.C Dragoons in Kelowna, where he retired after 33 years of service.  In retirement, Len worked at the Kelowna Airport until travel called, and he and Eileen embarked on many trips with family and friends.  Len was a long-time member of St. David’s Presbyterian Church (Mountainview Church) in Kelowna.  Len’s open warm personality, approach, judgment, and voice of reason will be long remembered by many.

A celebration of Len’s life is planned for Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road with Rev. Emery Cawsey officiating.  Interment will follow at a later date at Queen’s Park Cemetery in Calgary, Alberta.  If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Kelowna Memorial Hospital Foundation www.kghfoundation.com, or the B.C. Cancer Foundation www.bccancer.bc.ca.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for WADSWORTH, Leonard Earl is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Wilson and Lily says:

    Lily and I are heart broken after receiving the news of Graham’s Dad passing. Our thoughts and prayer are with you Graham and Colleen and with your family.
    Lots of Love
    Wilson and Lily

  • The Vespas says:

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Let the happy memories of time spent together be the balm for your sorrow.

  • Norman Kerr says:

    Like many others, I have fond memories of visiting Len and Eileen when they were stationed in CFB Borden. Jim Doherty and I enjoyed the stories Len loved to share of his life in the military.

  • David and June Ballantyne says:

    Graham and Colleen, Brent and Linda.
    Deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad. You have a lifetime of happy memories that will keep him close in your hearts. We are thinking of you.
    June and David

  • Rob & Judy Goeres says:

    Brent & Linda:
    We are extending our deepest sympathy and condolences to you during this most difficult time.
    Len was an accomplished man who made many personal sacrifices to serve our Country and protect his family.
    A father’s guiding hand always sits on the shoulders of his children.
    May Len’s memory live within your hearts forever.
    Rob & Judy

  • Frances Schmidt says:

    Len was considered a part of our family, and we all enjoyed the stories of his service. He will be missed at our family gatherings. Thinking of you all.

  • Karen and Andrew Hill says:

    Brent, Linda, Graham and Colleen. Our heartfelt condolences to you all with the passing of Len. We always enjoyed talking with him about his experiences throughout his life. We always said the fireworks on July 1st were for him and he always reminded us that it was “Dominion Day” not Canada Day! His service to our country was and is greatly appreciated.
    Love, Karen and Andrew

  • Debbie Parker says:

    Brent Linda and family,
    We were so sorry to hear that Len had passed. Please know that this wonderful man was cherished by so many. He led a full life; one of service and commitment. We are happy to have known him. Much love at this difficult time,
    Debbie, Patrick and Ben PARKER.

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