Leonard Roy Seburn, age 88, of Qualicum Beach passed peacefully away at home on August 14, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Ruth Seburn for 57 years.
Leonard was born in St. Catharines, Ontario on December 12, 1925 and was the first son to Roy and Gladys Seburn. He leaves a loving family including daughter, Debra Merchant (Richard) of Burnaby and son, Kevin (Sondra) of Holden, Maine. His grandchildren, Kimberly, Neil, Nathaniel and Eliana all enjoyed time spent with their grandfather and have lasting memories. Len will be missed by his brother Morley (Jan) of St. Catharines, and sisters-in-law, Carole Harnden (Arthur) of Qualicum Beach and Sharon Steel (Bill) of Niagara-on-the-Lake and his nieces and nephews. Len is predeceased by his wife, Ruth and son, Richard of Qualicum.
He was known for his sense of humour and love of nature which he shared with family and friends. As a young man Len took employment as a precision grinder at General Motors and retired 30 years later. He and Ruth married in 1955 and lived in Port Dalhousie before moving their family to a small fruit farm in Fenwick, Ontario which was home until moving west to BC in 1977. Len was an avid hunter and fisherman and led the family on many forays into northern Ontario, Quebec and across Canada for extended camping/fishing trips that were the source of much adventure and rich memories. These passions continued after moving to BC where he took up salmon fishing and continued his enjoyment of the woods while hunting with his sons. Prior to his move west, he was President of the Pelham Hunters and Anglers Club and active in conservation for 20 years. In Qualicum he thrived as a member of the Oceanside Woodcarvers.
Living in BC, first in Chemainus and later Qualicum, Len established many friendships which grew into sustaining relationships that he cherished. He often expressed a sort of disbelief at how fortunate he was “..to have such good friends..” that he enjoyed and were there when he needed them.
A special thank you to Oceanside Hospice and the Homecare nurses/helpers whose support gave quality to Len’s final days.
A celebration of Len’s life will be held Monday, August 25, 2014 at St. Mark’s Anglican Church
in Qualicum Beach, at 3pm