Göte (Leif) Roland Svensson

SVENSSON, Göte (Leif) Roland

August 8th, 1932 – August 22nd, 2012

After raging against the dying of the light, on Wednesday the 22nd of August, 2012, Göte Leif Roland Svensson chose his moment and walked into that good night.

Leif is survived by his wife Irja, their children Mark and Tina, Tina’s husband Mike Stevens and their sons Scott and Alex as well as Mark’s wife Teresa (nee Vanderkemp) and their son Malcolm. Leif was preceded in death by his brothers Karl-Erik and Lasse, his sister Ulla-Britt and his cousin Ove. His surviving sisters Gullan and Marianne both live in Sweden.

Born in Almhult, Sweden, Leif had an adventurous spirit and never truly felt at home until he came to Canada. When Leif first arrived in Canada he worked as a logger in the woods of Ontario and then after returning to Sweden and marrying Irja they moved to Vancouver in 1964 eventually settling in Courtenay in 1974. Although Leif spent his working days building up North Island Gutters, his true passions remained reading, music and gardening, interests perfectly suited to his Comox Valley paradise.

Leif’s last year was spent at Cumberland Lodge amidst the kindest, most compassionate caregivers. They were a second family in a second home and their thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.

Although Parkinson’s slowed Leif’s later years he never lost that spark that made him special. Leif’s dry wit and big heart will be missed by everyone that met him.

In lieu of flowers consider making a donation to Parkinson’s Society Canada and give someone you love a hug.


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