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Leonard John Shewfelt

October 8, 1937 - October 14, 2012


Len passed away in the presence of loved ones at his home in North Nelson. Len will be deeply missed by his wife Yvonne, daughter Janice (Darcy) & grand-daughter Sierra Villeneuve, son Dan Shewfelt (Patti), sister Lil Breen, along with numerous nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Len was pre-deceased by his parents Roy and Margaret Shewfelt and sisters Irene, Phyllis and Ray

Len began his life in Simpson, Saskatchewan.   At a very early age Len's family relocated to downtown Edmonton, Alberta.   Living in the inner-city in the mid 1940's, Len learned to become street -smart to make his way around the “big city”.   Picture this short little white/blond kid running around selling newspapers or operating his shoe shine – that was Len. Len often commented on the “little thug” he remembered himself being during his teen-age years and decided that he needed to make some major changes in his life.

In May,1955 Len set off to join the Royal Canadian Navy and was assigned to basic training in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. The Navy had a profound effect on Len and his time in the Navy remained a constant backdrop for his entire life. The Navy brought forth his love of being on or near the ocean, observing all manner of vessels as they came and went, and eventually placing him on his own 24 foot “money pit”.   An avid traveler, Len continued to nourish his passion for the sea, visiting many world ports and seashores during his travels with Yvonne. It was no real surprise then, that when Len finished his stint in the Navy, he left his landlocked home and the cold winters of Edmonton behind to move closer to the sea and live on Canada's west-coast Lower Mainland.

Len was a very intelligent man and keenly interested in medicine. With initial training in Edmonton, Len became fully engaged with a career in Psychiatric Nursing at BC's Riverview Hospital, Coquitlam and went on to spend 25 years in the field of Mental Health.

In 1993, looking for a change in lifestyle, Len and Yvonne sold their home in Maple Ridge and purchased the Kokanee RV Park & Campground near Balfour, BC. While adjusting to “Kootenay time” Len worked hard on their RV business building new docks, wash faculties, making new friends and fulfilling all other duties of the Camp Commandant. Len and Yvonne sold the RV Park in 2004 and Len fully retired to the North Shore of Nelson. This allowed for some much deserved freedom to enjoy his ongoing passion for golf, cooking, RVing and travel.   He particularly enjoyed his annual golf tournament with “the boys” and was forever supportive of Yvonne's independant activities, often saying it was his job to make sure she was properly fed and watered when she came home.

Len loved his family and was fiercely protective for their health and well being.  Len was especially grateful for his recent re-union with son Dan.

Len's sense of humor and sharp wit will be forever missed but not forgotten.

A special thank you to Dr. David Sonnichsen, Cindy and the Palliative care nurses, and, especially to nephew Paddy who came and stayed to help Yvonne fullfil Len's wishes to have a peaceful & respectful death at home.

Cremation has taken place, A Celebration of Len's life will take place Suday, November 10th from 1-3pm at the Best Western Baker St Inn (Kestrel Room), Nelson; memory sharing and story telling at 2pm. A further Celebration of Life will be arranged for July 2013, on the Lower Mainland, so Len's many  friends and extended family there also have opportunity to gather and share memories.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Nelson Red Cross Equipment Loan Program would be appreciated.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Marleine& Dennis Wagner
Relation: Friend

Len was one awesome guy who always made you feel like you were important to him. There are no words to describe how much we will miss him. We laughed together , we camped together ,we drank together we enjoyed many good times and we will never forget the great guy he was ,he will always remain in our hearts. Memories make us rich. Because of Len we have Yvonne so life goes on

From: Judy Moyse
Relation: Ex-Neighbour

Yvonne — I am so sorry to hear of Len’s passing. You were both good neighbours and I regret that our troubles didn’t allow us to become better acquainted. I noticed how many people came to your house to support you during Len’s illness, so I hope that that level of support will continue to help you through this difficult time. Once again, my thoughts are with you. I know how tough it is.

From: Wanda and Ken Woikin
Relation: neighbour

Yvonne, Janet, Paddy, and families
We will miss Len’s smiling face zipping down the road in his Toy……He made everyone feel special, whether we were discussing life or tomatoes! Hugs to all of you, and peace…..

From: Yvonne Watt
Relation: friend and neighbour

Yvonne, we were so sorry to hear of Len’s passing. I smiled when I read about in the “little thug” in the obituary, as I think of Len as a very gentle, gracious man. Our thoughts are with you and please know we are there for you if you need us. Yvonne and Gord

From: Regine Linß-Gregor and Hans-Karl Linß
Relation: home exchange from Germany

Dear Yvonne,
sincere condolences. We are very sad. Even if Len´s death is no surprise, the fact that it has happened is shocking. We´ll be thinking of him as long as we live. If you should ever like to come here in the future, you´ll be most welcome. And we are very sure: if we should ever come to Canada again, we are going to pay our last respects to Len. We wish you strength and plenty of helping hands and minds.
With sympathy
Regine and Haka from Germany

From: Val and Ken Miyoshi
Relation: Former co-worker of Yvonne/Len

Our condolences to you, Yvonne, and may you gain much strength at this time from the fond memories you and Len shared. Len was one of a few individuals who made me feel comfortable whenever we met. Hope to meet you someday soon…….take care!

From: Marion & Glenn Richardson
Relation: Aunt

So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. We did not know him well but he was always a kind hearted man who would approach us to initiate a conversation at the family get togethers. We know there are no words we can say to ease your pain and sorrow. We know he will always be with you through all the memories you made and shared during your lifetime together. Our deepest sympathy and condolences. we will remember Len in our prayers.
All our best to you
Love Aunt Marion and Glenn

From: Rene Dows
Relation: thru Yvonne

Thinking of you Yvonne. I lost Wayne suddenly a year and a half ago so I have a sence of how it might feel. Paul Brostie told me. Please take good care of yourself and Im sorry for you loss(big loss) love, Rene

From: Janet Ralph
Relation: old friend and co-worker

Yvonne, we are so sorry to hear of Len’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and we’re sure all the fond memories of your life together will comfort you.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
November 10, 2012
Beginning at 9:32pm

Best Western Baker Street Inn
153 Baker Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 4H1

153 Baker Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 4H1

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Nelson Red Cross Equipment Loan Program would be appreciated.

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Nelson, BCV1L 2N8

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