Len (Edward L) Blakely
Dec. 2, 1925 – Nov. 20, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Len Blakely on Sunday, November 20 at Campbell River Hospital. Len was born in Vancouver on Dec. 2, 1925 and later moved to Menzies Bay as a young child. He lived on a float house until he moved to Courtenay at the age of five. In 1942 he joined the RCAF and served as an aircraft mechanic during the war.
Len and Wyn married in 1948 and moved to Bloedel; they moved to Campbell River in 1954. He worked in the logging industry until an injury forced him to find the passion of his life – fishing. Len built his own troller and he remained in the fishing industry until his retirement.
Len was an active member of the Shriners in Campbell River and a Past-Master of Masonic Lodge 149 in Campbell River. Service work formed an important part of his remaining years.
Len took great joy in spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Len was well known for his generosity, sense of humour, and his great gift of story telling. We are privileged to have had him in our lives.
Len is survived by his wife Wyn, his sister Jean (Ray), his son, Bryan (Whitehorse), daughter Katherine (Campbell River), daughter-in-law Annie (Campbell River), grandchildren Joel (Rachel), Brendan, Joe, and Adam (Cara) great-grandchildren Carter, Johnny, and Adelaide. He is predeceased by his sister Bernice, (2004) granddaughter Misha (1997) and his daughter Maurie (2007).
The family would like to thank all those who cared for Len so well during his illness.
Friends and family are invited to join us for a fond farewell at The Masonic Hall on Friday November 25th at 11a.m. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Campbell River Hospital Auxillary.