Leonard Bachelder

Leonard Bachelder

Leonard Bachelder

On May 31, 2013, Len passed away in his 96th year, after a brief illness. A lifelong Alberta resident, Len relocated to North Bay in 2007 to spend his remaining years with his family. He is survived by his son Trevor, daughter-in-law Laurie, and grandchildren Leah and Eden. Len was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Jeanne D’Arc (Boisjoli) formerly of Trochu, Alberta. Len was the last surviving member of a large homesteading family of 12 and, in his later years, served as the elder statesman of the extensive western branch of the Bachelder family tree. At various times throughout his life he worked as a miner, logger, camp cook, trapper, hunter, salesman, and newspaper editor – whatever was necessary to provide for his family. His many poems and stories recorded the life experiences he enjoyed (and endured) growing up, surviving the tough times of the depression years on the prairies, and his lifelong love of nature. Following cremation, his remains will be interred alongside Jeanne at the Edenbrook cemetery in Calgary at a private family service. He will be sadly missed by all his family and his many friends. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the caregivers at Marina Point and Nipissing Manor who so graciously helped him these last few years with the frustrations of living with a youthful mind in an aging body. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.


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