Alonzo Leonard (Len) Smith passed away peacefully at home in Calgary, AB on April 29, 2022 with his wife of 61 years, Kathy, by his side.
Survived by his sister Anna (Clarke, ON); daughters: Angela (Wayne Woodward) and Christina (Tina); sons: Alonzo Robin and Calvin (Audrey); 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; as well as, several nieces and nephews.
He spent his working years in various branches of the government, starting with the Department of National Defense (DND) as a Messenger in Cobourg, ON. Later he made his way up to Time Management, where he would irritate people by walking around timing all of their tasks. During his time at the Trenton base, he worked at Camp Borden while the family stayed in Cobourg.
In 1970, he was transferred to Winnipeg, where he traveled to New Brunswick; Cold Lake, AB; Banff, AB; and Montreal, QC. As part of his volunteer work, he led the Crusaders; a Scouts-like, Christian program for children educating children in crafts, camping skills, etc.
When the family moved to Sherwood Park near Edmonton, AB; he worked with Health and Welfare; dealing with seniors’ pension payments in Northern Alberta, traveling to their rural homes to support them in a variety of ways; and providing family allowance for the Indigenous people based on where the kids resided at that moment in time. While in Edmonton, he started up a Sunday school and another chapter of the Crusaders.
Finally, after transferring to Parks Canada he settled in Calgary in 1976 where he would find his forever home with his wife and kids. During vacation time, he would travel to visit family across the country. He spent his leisure time traveling, enjoying nature, gardening, painting, and working with crafts of all varieties.
He was first introduced to the church in Brighton, ON. Where he attended a make-shift Sunday school convened in a shed. Later, this location would have a proper church built where Len brought his siblings and later his parents into the “cool new church” and introduced them to the Christian faith.
He was involved with the church to varying degrees throughout his whole life. After retirement, in 1997 at the age of 58, he became more deeply involved with the church. Becoming a deacon, a voting member and leaders, playing guitar in the band, and helping his fellow worshippers and their family as needed.
As a whole, Leonard was a well-loved man who sought to bring the best out of his fellow man through love, laughter, and worship.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 1:30pm with live-streaming* available through the link below.
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