Born: November 25, 1919 to Leonard and Alice (Nash) Noakes Died: October 10, 2009
We regret to announce the passing of Len Noakes at Polson North Extended Care on the evening of Oct 10. Len was pre-deceased by his wife of 63yrs, Peggy, on Sept.30, 2009. He is survived by his children Al (Marilyn Clark) Noakes, Karen (Gerry) Leahy of Vernon, and Kate (John Mill) Noakes of Fernie, B.C. Len also leaves behind his grandchildren, Corey (Monica) Noakes, Patrick (Sylvia) Noakes, Shaun (Kerri) Leahy, Rita Mill, Stuart Mill, and Grayson Leahy, as well as his great-grandchildren, Chantal Noakes, Jayden Leahy, Davis Noakes, and Cale Leahy.
Len is also survived by his brother, Bill Noakes, and brother-in-law, Bill (Gwen) Clark, and sister-in-law, Elvie Clark. He was pre-deceased by his brothers, Lloyd, Basil, and Eddy, and sister, Leona Grapentine, as well as brothers-in-law, Hugh, John, and Mike Clark, Gordie Vance, and Clarence Grapentine. Also sisters-in-law, Amy and Elsie Clark, Cathy Vance, and Helen and Jean Noakes.
Len was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and moved to Surrey, B.C. at the age of 13. He worked in the lumber camps on the B.C. coast during the 1930’s. All his life, Len was a passionate supporter of working people and the improvement of their rights. In September of 1939, Len and his brother, Lloyd, were among the first in New Westminster to join up to fight for Canada. Len spent the next six years overseas and was part of the Italian campaign as a member of the B.C. Dragoons (Armored).
Len lived in B.C. the rest of his life in a number of places related to his work with Electrolux of Canada. He was with Electrolux for 37 years as a salesman, branch and division manager. His longest position was as branch manager in Penticton, B.C. A long-standing member of the Elks, Len took great pride in his volunteer work with the Elks. He was a great supporter of their work for the hearing impaired, especially children in need.
An avid golfer in his retirement, one of Len’s great joys was playing a round or two with his grandchildren. An active guy, he always had some sort of project going around the yard or at one his children’s homes. Len was also a fan of pool and enjoyed many games with family and friends. As a crib player he was tough to beat and never lost a chance to muggins an opponent.
Len will be sorely missed by family and friends throughout B.C. He will be especially missed by his dear friend Enid Jones, and her family, who took Len into their hearts in his later years.
Len’s family would like to thank Dr. Murphy and the caregivers at Polson North for their compassion and the tender care given to Dad during his time with them.
A memorial service will be held at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Saturday, October 24th at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Len’s favourite charity, the B.C. (Elks) Family Hearing Resource Society.