February 6, 1964 – July 24, 2015

“If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.”

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of our hero Wesley. His generous spirit and comforting presence are held in our hearts during this difficult time.

Pre-deceased by his Father “Pops” Raymond LeBel; left to mourn are beloved wife of 30 years, Allison LeBel, cherished mother Barbara LeBel, brothers Barry (Mona) LeBel, Raymond LeBel, sister Sharon (Clay) Westerlund, a bounty of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Wes lived his life from a place of optimism. His unwavering courage often carried those around him. With strength of character through his accident, recovery and recent illness; he still celebrated the joys of those dearest to him rather than bemoan his position. A consummate dreamer, he made a lifetime of adventures a reality with Allison by his side.

Boating, camping, hunting, skiing, fishing and many sports were passions that would fire his competitive spirit from the early days skating river to rinks in Val Marie, Saskatchewan to the arenas in Nanaimo, BC. He is remembered as a star teen athlete; in recent years an avid fan of Nascar, football and hockey and always the most “sportsman-like” in everything he turned his hand to.

Vernon, BC was a special paradise for Wes since 1983, where his family grew to include several “feathered and furred” creatures on the hobby farm. His respect for a western way of life, those lovely black cows and farming were constants.

His cheeky sarcasm and mischievous grin drew legions of friends to him and “charming” doesn’t begin to describe such a large personality. He was quite simply … magnetic. Where others saw limitations, he saw possibility. With his 1968 Charger RT restoration, trips to Hawaii and Vegas, Wesley reminded everyone to live with joyful abandon, to love deep and laugh always.

“Blood, sweat, tears. No practice tomorrow ‘cause there is no one left to beat.” — Bobby Orr

The family wishes to thank Dr. Mandreck, Dr. Humphreys, Dr. Ainsley and the wonderful teams at The Cancer Clinic, Palliative Care and Hospice House for the exceptional care and compassion provided to Wesley. To our “forever” caregivers, Reid Conn and Dave Hundt, thank you for providing a beautiful quality of life for many years as family.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 11:00 am – Wednesday August 12, 2015 at Paddle Wheel Park, 7801 Okanagan Landing Rd, Vernon, BC. A reception will follow directly after the service, also at Paddle Wheel Park. Donations may be made to The North Okanagan Hospice Society.

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