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LEONARD BOOKBINDER (LEN)

Born: Dec 18, 1925

Date of Passing: Aug 17, 2019

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LEONARD BOOKBINDER
December 18, 1925 - August 17, 2019

On August 17, 2019, Len passed away peacefully, at the age of 93, at the Grace Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Len was born in Selkirk, Manitoba and moved to Winnipeg to attend school at Daniel McIntyre. In 1943, at the age of 17, he left school to join the Royal Canadian Navy. He trained as a Telegraphist at HMCS St. Hyacinthe and Carleton and served on the minesweeper HMCS New Liskeard. After discharge in November 1945, he attended United College and University of Manitoba in Winnipeg where he received a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering in 1951. While at U of M, he played football with the Bisons.
In 1950, he married Shirley Low who offered him love and support. Upon graduation, they moved to the USA where he earned his Professional Engineer designation.
In 1957, they returned to Winnipeg where Len joined Number 10 Architectural Group. In 1974, they moved to Zambia to complete construction on the Zambian Institute of Technology. Subsequently, in 1978, they moved to Botswana with the Canadian International Development Agency to oversee construction of the University Botswana/Swaziland. Upon his retirement in 1992, they returned to Winnipeg.
He is survived by Shirley, six children (Bruce, David, Susan, Jeffrey, Rory and Sara) and their spouses/partners (Sandy, Lesley, Mark and Magda), eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Sara and his sisters, Frances and Elsie.
He was very grateful to the Canadian Government who helped him complete his education through the Veterans Affairs Education Assistance Program. He enjoyed travelling, golfing and living life to the fullest with Shirley and the kids. He always remembered the happy times he spent with family and friends.
Many thanks to the staff at Grace Hospital for their kindness and support.
Celebration of Life will be held at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame, Winnipeg on September 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Expression of condolence may be sent to condolences@nbardal.mb.ca.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Grace Hospital Foundation at www.gracehospitalfoundation.ca.

NEIL BARDAL
FUNERAL CENTRE
204-949-2200
neilbardalinc.com

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I met Len when I was living in the Crts. of St. James, he was always smiling and friendly. We swam most mornings and even though I moved, we still kept in touch, I know he will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to you Shirley and family. We'll see you soon. - Posted by: Freda Van Niekerk (friend) on: Sep 01, 2019

  • I met Len when I was living in the Crts. of St. James, he was always smiling and friendly. We swam most mornings and even though I moved, we still kept in touch, I know he will be missed by many. My deepest condolences to you Shirley and family. We'll see you soon. - Posted by: Freda Van Niekerk (friend) on: Sep 01, 2019

  • To Lenny's family--My Dad, Gordie Walterson, always spoke so fondly of your Dad. They shared many memories and friends in Selkirk, and they both were Navy Veterans in WW2. My Dad would tell me of the exciting life your Dad lived in Zambia and Botzwana--never forgetting his Selkirk roots. They always enjoyed an annual game of golf. How lucky your family has been to have your parents for so long. A long happy legacy for them. From my family to yours I extend our thoughts of sympathy and know your memories will sustain you evermore. Marlea Ann Amirault (Walterson) Gordie and Annabel's daughter. - Posted by: Marlea Ann Amirault (Walterson) (Father's friend) on: Aug 25, 2019

  • Leonard was one of my many first cousins, as we were a large Clan. My husband, Isadore Coop, one of the founders of the Number Ten Architectural Group met Leonard and in due course, offered him a job at Number Ten. Len was soft-spoken, intelligent, and an enduring asset to the Firm, and to all who had the pleasure to work with him. He will be sadly missed by his large family, the engineering community, and all his remaining Bookbinder first Cousins Cynthia Bookbinder Coop - Posted by: CYNTHIA BOOKBINDER COOP (FIRST COUSIN) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • I am the son of Sam Bookbinder, son of Max Bookbinder. I met Len several years ago with my cousin Michael Pinx. I didn't know him well but he was a very nice man. My deepest condolences. - Posted by: Michael Bookbinder (Cousin) on: Aug 24, 2019

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