Allen Fisher LEONARD

Allen Fisher LEONARD

May 21, 1938 –

October 4, 2012

Leonard passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Thursday, October 4, 2012 in Chilliwack, BC. He is predeceased by his parents Charles and Ethel Fisher, and his late sister Evelyn.

Len is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lorie and their 6 children; Natalie, Leanne, Len Jr., Leslie, Linda and Charles. Len is also fondly remembered by his 12 grandchildren and four great grand-children.

Len spent some of his youth years in the Air Force and Navy cadets, leading to Leonard joining the Navy in 1956 at the age of 18. Starting in Chilliwack, Len was eventually stationed in Halifax, working as a Stoker man with the Navy. It was in Halifax that Len met Lorie, where they married before making Chilliwack home.

Len was always an active man, and sports played a large role in his life. Len played soccer with a number of teams including the Lancers and Tribesman , softball, racquet ball at the YMCA, and of course his famous bike rides, ‘the loop’ as he called it; riding from Chilliwack to Abby, around to Agassiz, then back to Chilliwack.

Len eventually found his way to cooking, having taken a course through the Dubrelle Culinary Arts Institute and a turn at Charlies Chocolate factory in Vancouver. This led to working at the Stave Lake and Chilliwack Lake correctional facilities as a cook and later as a cooking instructor.

Having retired from teaching; Len and Lorie began a new career as entrepreneurs; starting Steetaws Catering, which was a brave and successful move. They became coffee-break and lunch specialists, and famous for their cinnamon buns and bannock. They tried to retire in 2003, selling their equipment to a local community, but were asked to do jobs for years after that.

Len lived for the last three years at Valleyhaven, in Chilliwack, where he received kind and considerate care until his final days. The family thanks all that attended his funeral on October 9th at the Tzeachten Hall, and those who sent their condolences. The family would also like to thank the Tzeachten community, and the Nooksack Indian Tribe for their support.

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