It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the death of Wendel Dale LeNaour, born May 20, 1951 in Trail, BC and passed away on March 25, 2015.
Wendel will be sadly missed by his mother, Wilma LeNaour, brothers Lorne LeNaour, Lance LeNaour (Sharon) and sisters Cindy Clarke (Wayne Chaplin) and his twin sister Wanda Johnson (Ken), his son Lucien LeNaour, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Wendel was predeceased by his father Lucien Joseph LeNaour and a brother, Brian LeNaour at a tender age of 9 months, as well as a brother-in-law Charles Clarke.
Wendel came to Campbell River at the age of 6 when the family was relocated for his fathers work. Wendel attended school at Campbellton Elementary, but a couple of years of high school and he soon realized that school was not his forte. At the age of 15 he managed to convince Mom and Dad that it would be in everyone’s interest (teachers, Mom and Dad, and himself) that school was not the answer and that he needed a job.
In the mid-sixties, jobs in the forest industry were plentiful, and it wasn’t long before Wendel had a job as a chokerman and eventually became a faller. Wendel loved being a faller and excelled in the industy, working all over the coast and mainland. Wendel took on a few other jobs: ironworker, commercial fisherman and work on tug boats, but always said nothing compared to “falling a tree.” His interest as a child was sports. He played baseball on a local team and as an adult, that excelled into being a huge fan of all sports. Wendel was an avid reader, which probably was the result of his vocal ability; he was always telling stories and some were even true! Wendel’s huge sense of humour and his enormous heart full of compassion will live on in our memories, as his legacy.
Wendel is gone from us, his family and everyone else whom he crossed paths with during his colourful life, so we welcome all, to a Celebration of Life which will be held at the Eagles Hall on April 9, 2015 from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Please join us to share memories, laughs and tears for Wendel’s life.