Sep 5, 1948 - Jun 13, 2020
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Huntington’s Society of Canada.
Leonard Norman McLean passed away on June 13, 2020 with this wife Valerie and daughters Jennifer and Julie by his side due to Huntington’s disease. Leonard was born on September 5, 1948 to Norman and Phyllis. He spent his early years living with his grandparents, aunts and an uncle. Being a scrappy little guy his grandfather named him “Butch” after Butch Bouchard, a Montreal Canadian.
As a young boy Len loved riding his bike through the streets of Montreal. However, going to school wasn’t always one of his favourite things until he met Valerie. In 1970 they tied the knot and shortly after welcomed daughters Jennifer and Julie. In 1976 Len and Val, their two daughters, a budgie and a dog found their way to Caroline to start his teaching career.
Len not only had a passion for teaching but also loved coaching hockey, baseball, curling and volunteering at Thursday night bingo. Always on the go he enjoyed many years of dirt biking with his great friends John Bugbee and Norman Rose. Len and Val also spent many summers camping with the Roses and Bugbee’s. A jack of all trades Len could fix anything and loved to work in his shop creating many family heirlooms.
Len leaves to mourn his wife of 50 years, Valerie, daughters Jennifer (Neil and his children Robyn and Brandon), Julie (Trevor) and grandchildren Sierra and Ty. His sisters Laura, Terry (Mike), Andrea (Jason), Norma and brother Ian (Emily). Sister-in-laws, Debbie, Brenda (Tony), brother-in-law Robert (Sara) and many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be forever remembered by his childhood friends Andy and Debbie and Danny and Debbie. He will also be fondly remembered by all his students, colleagues and the Caroline community.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Huntington’s Society of Canada. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, when large gatherings can be held, so we can all can say good-bye. Soar with the eagles, Leonard.
Len, all through high school, you were always up and ready for action. I have many great memories of the things we did together with Danny and Andy. I am sorry we didn't stay in touch more than the 2 or 3 times we did connect over the years. You were always a great friend.
Val, my deepest and warmest sympathies to you, Jennifer, Julie and your grand children. Karen and I wish we could be there for you.
Goodbye my friend.
Lorne and Crystal Oliver:
The world is emptier, a tremendous personality missing in verbal presence, in laughing eyes. His footsteps spanned coast to coast in Canada but encircled the entire planet in hearts.
This small town of Caroline was so blessed to know him, have him, call him one of our own. From his once upon a time "home room" in the "junior high wing" to his "computer room" in our days ... from his laughter in your family home when friends would visit to his presence on the sporting fields and at public events ... that man brought such life and sheer joy to the entire community!!!
He affected not just the lives of his friends, family, colleagues and students, but the lives of each of THEIR own families as well. Whether it be an encounter that a kid would run home laughing and tell their parents about ... or decades later when those same kids would tell their OWN children, "I had this teacher once ..."
His name has rung through homes and generations for decades and will continue to do so for many more generations yet to come.
That's what happens when heroes are born to share the Earth with us ...
Bill Lowry :
Condolences to all of Lens family. He was a great man and role model. Rest In Peace my friend.
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