Leonard Arthur “Len” Hammerquist

September 2, 2018
Len passed away in Vernon, B.C. on Saturday, September 2nd, 2018. Born in Cayer/St. Rose, Manitoba, Len’s family became farmers in Gilbert Plains where he spent his early years loving his role of working on their farm, and especially with his beloved horses. Len joined the Army, doing service with Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry for almost two years, returning home from the Netherlands at the war’s end in 1945.

Upon returning to Canada, Len moved with his parents, three sisters and a brother, to Chilliwack, B.C. A few years later, Len married Georgina (Jo), and a loving 65 year long marriage began. In 1955, Len became a pioneer, taking a chance on the brand new town of Kitimat. Some months later, Jo and their three children followed, and eventually the brood increased by one more. Len enjoyed a thirty-one year long stint with Alcan (now Rio Tinto), trained first as a millwright, but spending the larger portion of time as a job planner.

Len, referred to often as a true gentleman, was never short on stories he’d love to tell anyone who’d listen, and they would be about his young days on the farm, the war, his single years in Chilliwack, or his working days with Alcan. His vivid and accurate memory always amazed everyone. Len was a community orientated man, involving himself where needed, namely with minor sports in Kitimat. Having two sons eager to play baseball and hockey, he was happy to help organize leagues and do some coaching. We all enjoyed family hikes, making home movies, camping, and then the purchase of our coveted cabin at Lakelse. Len and Jo enjoyed years of fun as Gyro members in both Kitimat and Vernon, where they moved to in 1986. They also traveled the world extensively for over three decades.

After losing his beloved wife Jo in 2015, Len lived on alone and quietly, for three more years. Sadly, but gratefully, left to carry on his legacy are Wayne (Theresa), Sherri (Tom), Mark (Donna), Carol (Ron), nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Len’s family would like to send gratitude and thanks to the caregivers of both Pleasant Valley Manor in Armstrong and the Vernon Jubilee Hospital for the dignity and respect shown. A warm shout-out also to the residents and staff of Canterbury Court for their friendliness and inclusion toward Len throughout his many years of living there.

In respecting Len’s wishes, he was cremated and a private family gathering will take place when his remains are laid to rest beside his loving wife Jo in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to bethelchapel@uniserve.com and they will be forwarded on to Len’s family.

Funeral arrangements have been made with

Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd.,

5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5, 250-542-1187.

Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd.


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