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LEN (LEONARD) ANDREE

Born: Mar 02, 1930

Date of Passing: Oct 04, 2017

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LEN (LEONARD) ANDREE March 2, 1930 October 4, 2017 Peacefully, with his loving family by his side, our caring and generous father/dzi dzi went to join his precious wife Lois in Heaven. Left to remember with love are his children, Brian (Susan) and Lisa (Daniel); his grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jimmy), Kyle, Veronica and Troy; numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Predeceased by his wife Lois; daughters, Lorraine and Vivian and sister Valentine and brother Paul (Mary). Len was born in Winnipeg, the third child of Polish immigrants, Paulin and Mary Andree. He lived in the north end until he married Lois, his high school sweetheart and love of his life, they moved to East Kildonan and later to Southdale. He loved spending time with his family, playing in the pool, working on projects, gardening or playing the organ. Summers were spent at Sandy Hook, boating, cheering on the Bombers from his big chair or being involved with events at the community club. He enjoyed travelling with Lois to new destinations or their favourite Bahamas hideaway in the winter. Early on, he worked at CP Rail while entertaining on the side. He started out as a professional clown, doing impressions, pantomime and vaudeville characters, later breaking into stage, radio and television. He soon started his own agency, later creating Andree Productions Limited (APL), booking and promoting countless local and of out of town entertainers and celebrities, while continuing to entertain. Most notable, singing in a barbershop quartet SPEBSQSA (30 years), emceed Red River Ex (Manisphere) since its inception of (39 years), involved from the beginning of Schmockey Night (35 years), originator of Breakfast with Santa at The Bay downtown (39 years), founding member and Past Chief Barker for Variety Club Tent 58 (35 years), managing the RV Show (27 years) and hosting Winnipeg's Oktoberfest (15 years). Among his fondest memories, emceeing the grand opening of Rainbow Stage and the grand opening of the Centennial Concert Hall. Len was always creative and imaginative in all he did. His quick wit and delivery made him an excellent stand-up comedian and emcee. He would take every opportunity to get a laugh at a show, church, nursing home, even a funeral. Len always had a soft spot in his heart for children. Whether doing puppets, picnics or Christmas shows, he wanted each child to take part in the program or to win a prize. A huge thank you to all the staff and volunteers at Poseidon Care Centre for their care, compassion and support over the past five years, especially the 2nd floor. A celebration of Len's life will be held at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul, Friday, October 27, at 2:00 p.m. Reception will follow. In gracious lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or Variety Club of Manitoba Tent 58 or Alzheimer Society Manitoba or a charity of your choice. "Always leave them wanting more" - PT Barnum. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111
Publish Date: Oct 14, 2017

LEN (LEONARD) ANDREE It is with heavy hearts the family announces the passing of their beloved Father/Dzi on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Poseidon Care Centre. Left to remember Len are children, Brian (Susan), Lisa (Daniel) and grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jimmy), Kyle, Veronica and Troy. Recently predeceased by his loving wife Lois; daughter Lorraine; as well as daughter Vivian in 1966. Longer obituary to follow on October 14, 2017. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111
Publish Date: Oct 7, 2017

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 14, 2017

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I first met Len in the 70's early in my career as a singer and front man with various bands in Winnipeg, but it wasn't until the 90's that i really got to know him. At that time I was part of a children's entertainment duo Biff and Chet. Knowing that Len booked a lot of family and business functions I approached him for work. For many of those functions Len was the host and he was amazing. Whether it was a picnic, holiday party, or fair Len made it fun for everyone. Working with Len and the other performers he would bring to an event, was like working with family and Len was Dad. I am forever grateful that I got to be a part of and to see the joy that Len brought to so many people for so many years. On behalf of Biff (Brian Baird) and myself Chet (Chuck Oram) our condolences to the family. - Posted by: Gil Oram (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2017

  • Was the life of the Club back in the days! Condolences to the family. RIP Len - Posted by: Irene Ell (Wife of Late Peter Ell) (had cottage in Sandy Hook until 1999) on: Oct 09, 2017

  • Your father was a good friend and made so many of us laugh at the Ex. I found Len an honourable man with a delightful sense of humour and the ability to get along with staff and performers alike. - Posted by: The Rev. Mr. Lou. Thornton (friend) on: Oct 07, 2017

  • Shirley and I are so saddened to hear of the passing of our long-time friend. Our prayers and condolences are extended to the entire Andree family, and with our thoughts go our thanks for keeping us part of the Andree clan for all of these years. Shirley and Gary - Posted by: gary whyte (life long friend) on: Oct 07, 2017

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