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WOODS, Leonard Malcolm

August 6, 1924 - July 3, 2012

Len was born in Woolwich London England, growing up with an older brother and younger sister.

When he was 17, he joined the British Army, 6th Airborne, and served until 1947. He then worked as a “diver’s linesman” doing structural repairs on the Thames River.

On Christmas Eve in 1949, he married Marie Champion. They had 2 sons and a daughter. The family immigrated to Port Alice in 1957, where Len worked as a pipefitter in the pulp mill. In 1966, the family moved to Gold River, until Len’s retirement in 1986. Len was a strong unionist, serving as president of the local PPWC for many years. He was also president, and is a lifetime member, of the Legion. Len and Marie lived on Denman Island, Courtenay, Victoria and finally back to Courtenay.

He joins his daughter Shirley, who was taken by cancer in 2010.

Len leaves his wife of 63 years, Marie, his sons Tony (Janet) and Martin, grandchildren Christy (Steve), Brendan (Danielle), Erin (James), Hana, Kyle, Jeremy and Josh, as well as great-grandson Ethan.

Breathe easy, Grad – we’ve got it from here.

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