Len Hoover


We are sad to announce that Len (Leonard

George) Hoover passed away on January 8, 2009

at Kelowna General Hospital. Len was born

October 29, 1920in Armstrong, BC, youngest

child of Charles and Maude (Kaiser) Hoover. He

was predeceased by his dear daughter Marnie

(1954-1957) and beloved wife Peg (1922-1994).

Len is survived by brother Herb (Frieda) Vernon,

sons Alan (Leni) Victoria, Phil (Anne) Kelowna;

grandchildren Phil (Jill), Sally (Dan) Victoria,

Randeen Vernon, Shannon (Farshad) Vancouver,

Michelle (Rafi ) Kelowna; great-grandchildren Eli,

Joshua, Nate, Ruby, Lily, new baby boy Victoria,

Austin Kelowna; numerous nieces, nephews and

extended family members. Len served in the

British Merchant Navy as a Radio Offi cer between

1940 and 1942 aboard the S.S. Lyras, Bradburn

and Algonquin. Dad met Mom April 12, 1941 and

four days later wrote in his diary “Wow what a

gal – sure wish we were staying longer, unless I

miss my guess she’s fallen like a ton of bricks!”

Between 1942 and 1945 Len served as a wireless

telegraph operator in the British Air Ministry. Dad

also served in the Home Guard between 1942 and

1944. In 1946 Len, Peg and boys boarded the S.S.

Scythia inLiverpool arriving in Halifax October

31st. The family came across Canada by train and

settled in Falkland where Len worked his way up

to manager of the Gypsum Mine. In the mid-fi fties

Len went to work at Hoover’s Sawmill. After the

mill was purchased by Lavington Planer Mills, Dad

worked there until his retirement in 1985. Len was

active in the Vernon Power Squadron including

teaching celestial navigation. He was a life-long

member of the amateur radio fraternity earning his

“ham license” in 1935. In 1996 Len was awarded a

lifetime membership in the North Okanagan Radio

Amateur Club. Dad’s call sign was VE7PE.

In lieu of fl owers, donations greatly appreciated to

TB Vets or a charity of your choice. A memorial

service will be held at All Saints Anglican Church

inVernon on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 11:30


A silent “key” for Len.

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