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Leonard 'Len' McLean

Sep 5, 1948 - Jun 13, 2020

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Leonard Norman McLean passed away on June 13, 2020 with this wife Valerie and daughters Jennifer and Julie by his side due to Huntington’s disease. Leonard was born on September 5, 1948 to Norman and Phyllis. He spent his early years living with his grandparents, aunts and an uncle. Being a scrappy little guy his grandfather named him “Butch” after Butch Bouchard, a Montreal Canadian.

As a young boy Len loved riding his bike through the streets of Montreal. However, going to school wasn’t always one of his favourite things until he met Valerie. In 1970 they tied the knot and shortly after welcomed daughters Jennifer and Julie. In 1976 Len and Val, their two daughters, a budgie and a dog found their way to Caroline to start his teaching career.

Len not only had a passion for teaching but also loved coaching hockey, baseball, curling and volunteering at Thursday night bingo. Always on the go he enjoyed many years of dirt biking with his great friends John Bugbee and Norman Rose. Len and Val also spent many summers camping with the Roses and Bugbee’s. A jack of all trades Len could fix anything and loved to work in his shop creating many family heirlooms.

Len leaves to mourn his wife of 50 years, Valerie, daughters Jennifer (Neil and his children Robyn and Brandon), Julie (Trevor) and grandchildren Sierra and Ty. His sisters Laura, Terry (Mike), Andrea (Jason), Norma and brother Ian (Emily). Sister-in-laws, Debbie, Brenda (Tony), brother-in-law Robert (Sara) and many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be forever remembered by his childhood friends Andy and Debbie and Danny and Debbie. He will also be fondly remembered by all his students, colleagues and the Caroline community.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Huntington’s Society of Canada. A celebration of life will be held at a later date, when large gatherings can be held, so we can all can say good-bye. Soar with the eagles, Leonard.

Condolences

Kim (Hunter) Field:

Sorry to hear of the passing on of a great man and teacher. Take comfort in all the great memories, he will never be far away.

Iris Chu:

I'm very sorry for your loss, Valla. My condolences and thoughts go out to you and yours.

Jean Stephanson :

To Val and all the family,
We are so very sorry for your loss.
I know how revered Len was by students and co-workers and all the community. Please find comfort in the lovely memories and in the knowledge that you had this wonderful man in your life for more than 50 years.
Hugs, Val. Hang in there!
Sincerely, Jean & Stewart

Jane Duffy:

Deepest condolences on the loss of your Dad, Valla. May light perpetual shine upon Leonard McLean.

Colleen DeVeyrac:

I have so many amazing memories of Len and the experience we shared at Caroline School. We had so many fun times and great parties!! I am so sorry for the loss of a great teacher and wonderful man. My condolences to Val and the family.

Marsea Bradshaw -Peppard:

So sorry for loss Valerie. Mr McLean was an amazing teacher and he will be very missed. I still remember seeing you both in the red deer Walmart . He always had a smile on his face and a skip in his step. My condolences to you and your family. He was a wonderful person.

Denelle Williams:

Mr. McLean was the most amazing teacher both in and out of the classroom. He taught math very well, he also taught students respect, humour, love, amongst many other things.
I remember my first class with him and the impression that he left on me has never left, he cared about his students like no other, I am so thankful that so many of us were able to learn from him.
He always had a smile and the biggest hugs.
He will be remembered...
Rest peacefully sir, til we all meet again.
Condolences Val and family.

Sharmin Unwin:

Because of Mr. McLean I was able to graduate, he was one of a kind teacher and helped me not only in school but out of school as well. He cared so much about his students, I have told so many stories to my kids about this man. He has always been in my thoughts. A great man, with a huge heart. RIP. My condolences to his family.

Gillian Dunn:

Val, I have thought of you and Len so fondly over the years. Sending love your way. I remember how close the two of you were and I can vividly picture how you epitomized friendship in a marriage. I remember Len with a smile and how welcoming he was to me as a new teacher. I am very sorry for your loss.

Nicole Knight-Lukyn:

Wonderful teacher and Wonderful person! High School was not always easy for me and he would call my house with words of encouragement! Thank you Mr. Mclean...My Condolences to his family.

Darren Denham:

Val, Jen & Julie, so sorry for your loss, Len was such a great guy, he will be missed by so many, and never forgotten
Darren & Kim

Crystal Ketchum (Lauzon):

My sincere condolences to the family. Mr. McLean was a very sweet man and an excellent teacher. His love for teaching was amazing and he made a deep impact for many of his students. He will be deeply missed.

Mark Oliver:

Val, Jennifer and Julie, please accept our deepest condolences on your loss.

I've got many fond memories of Len, both in the classroom (even the chalk ricocheting off the desk beside my head), and out of the classroom due to his friendship with dad and mom over many years.

I'm sorry I can't be there in person. Mark

Tim Stewart :

Valerie, I taught with you and Len in Caroline from ‘99-02. Len was a well respected colleague and a great teacher. Our thoughts and prayers are with are with Len, you and your family.

Kim St Germain (Walters):

My deepest condolences to all of you Val, Jen & Julie ..... You're in my thoughts & prayers

Memories of him will be treasured !

Amber Williams:

My condolences to the family, you’re in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. McLean will always be one of my favourite teachers, his passion and humour was one of a kind. May he Rest In Peace, he will be missed.

Ian Mclean:

I am lost for words. We knew this was coming but noam lost for words. We kn=
ew this was coming but t this quickly. I look back at the times I had with =
him. Like the family trip to Sugarloaf Maine. Where the place was so cold y=
ou couldn't see out window. Also someone had to stay up for fire duty. Also=
the time we trucked around Montreal to get my first pair of skies. Then th=
ere was those family fishing trips. I liked the when Laura was looking for =
power for hair dryer. Oops no power.

I may have not spent a lot of time with you but it was great times. Your la=
ugh and showing me how to ski.=20

Butch rest in peace You deserve this 100x over to be in peace.
I know you will be watching over us

Terry & Teresa McLean:

Deepest condolences to all the family and friends of Len.

Melanie Hewitt:

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gail Pilatzke Shantz :

Val, Jennifer, Julie, sending deepest sorrow in the loss of Len. Prayers for your comfort in this most difficult time, sharing tears with you. Hold fast to your precious memories.

Brodie and Nicole Canaday:

One of a kind.
Katie is in Grade 7 and I find myself channeling my inner Mr.McLean teaching her just like he taught me. Lots of laughs always, but also he pushed us to be as good as we could be.
He’s up there in his purest state. Giving the gears to anyone, the way he did in the halls of the school.

Condolences from the Brodie, Nicole, Katie, Max and Finnley.

Carrol Ross:

Val, i was so surprised to hear of Len’s passing. Thank goodness for FB. He was so loved and respected by so many in the community and if you ever needed a pick-me-up smile he had one for you. I am grateful for the time I was able to share at the school with him on staff. Have great memories of hockey too. To you and the girls and all the family, i send my heartfelt condolences and hugs.

Angela McIvor:

So sorry for your loss. Leonard was a wonder teacher and an inspiration to our community. He will sadly missed by the whole community.

Joy Dowler:

Dear Val and family;
I am so sorry for your loss. Len was a great friend and colleague. Barry and I had some great times with you and Len. Now after all Len's suffering may he Rest in Peace.

Shawna Norrad:

Dear Val and family, my heart aches for you at this time but I also know that you have so very many amazing memories to draw on as a spouse and as a family! Personally "Mr McLean" was not only a fantastic teacher, mentor but a friend. He was engaging, fair and caring and being the first class he ever taught I'm sure precedence was set with our group of misfits!! You are in my thoughts and prayers oxoxoxox

Angela Rutschke:

Val, Jennifer and Julie, I am so sorry for your loss! Len was a truly outstanding teacher and his passion for his students and math were unparalleled. His wonderful sense of humour and kind spirit are fondly remembered. Students loved being in his classes and he was a favourite sub well. My sincerest condolences during this difficult time.

Char Jones Mabbott:

My deepest condolences to the McLean family. As one of his former students I will forever remember Len as a teacher who brought life and laughter to the classroom. His kind heart and warm smile are the first things I think of when I hear his name. Rest In Peace Mr. McLean, you will be missed.

Gail Dingman:

So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. He truly was a great teacher and will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Grant Rae:

Val, Jennifer and Julie my deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. McLean (Hard habit to break). So many great memories of him coaching me In hockey and trying to teach me math and computers.

He had an uncanny knack of being able to connect with everyone at some level and always made you feel like you were the only person that mattered at the time. He has a heart of gold and he’ll be missed by all!

Grant

Albert and Linda:

We are so sorry for your loss, Len was a great friend to both of us . We spent a lot of great times with you and your family . Also Len and I spent a lot of time together traveling together to hockey games when he coached David.

Wendy Christoffersen ( Myer):

I loved him as a teacher. Made math clases so much fun. Always the joker. He had a great love for all of his students. He will be say missed.
Prayers for sll the family.

Colleen Willigar:

My deepest condolences to Val, Julie and Jennifer and their families. Len was one of my favourite teachers. Lots of fun and always willing to go the extra mile for his students.
RIP Mr. McLean.

Josie Audet-Black:

You were an awesome teacher and will be missed

Savannah Oliver:

My thoughts are with you at this time Val. Sending you hugs!

Peter Leek:

My condolences to all the family. I don't know where to start, from getting chalk thrown at you for not paying attention in class, glad he started computer class, to curling together, being coached in hockey and baseball. So many memories, such a great mentor, he will be sadly missed.

Darlene and Norman Graham:

Our deepest condolences Val and family. We hold such happy memories of him and will be forever remembered.

Marie Rae (Hermann):

Val, Jen and Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a terrific man and teacher and could always make students laugh and I remember great times at your house. Wishing you peace and comfort in the beautiful memories and precious moments. Condolences to all of you.

Jeff dewey :

I remember him he was my favourite teacher

Debbie Mckinlay:

I have the fondest memories of Mr McLean. Big smile and a huge heart. I learned that Math was a subject to be enjoyed and not feared from him. For sure one of the teachers who inspired me to teach. Much love to Julie, Jen, and Val.

Kevin McNutt:

Sorry to hear of Len's passing. My heart and prayers go out to the McLean Family. Len was an incredible Leader and Mentor in so many ways to me while I was in school as a Teacher and on weekends as a hockey coach. He taught me the importance of practice, hard work, patience and fair play. He will always be one of the influencers in my life that took the time to make a difference to help me grow and become a better person in all areas of life. I will always be so grateful for this wonderful man, and he will be dearly missed.

Heather Thompson :

He was the best teacher. I loved being in his class. I will always remember his laugh and how good he was to his students. Even when we had to wear our gum on our noses. Love and light.

Tami Walker :

I am so sorry for the loss of such a great man. He was my brother's my sister's also mine and most favorite teacher.. always loved his jokes in class.. he will be missed dearly.. a million hugs send your way.

Jamie Thompson (Nafziger):

My heart aches for Mr. McLean's family, his friends, his students, his following. He is one of the few most special people I've come across in life. I talk about Mr. McLean in many conversations, every where we have lived. He believed in me and was "that" adult support when I needed it the most. He use to say, you don't have to call me Mr. McLean any more". But I just couldn't. I have the utmost respect for you Mr McLean. You will be sincerely missed.

Stacey Wigley :

When I was a first year teacher, Len was my partner, my Class neighbor, my real neighbor and my friend. He always made me laugh and would teach me “the way of the teacher. “. His jokes were horrendous, but he was my mentor and his wisdom and patience helped me grow and get through those tough spots. He was a no BS kinda guy that gave of his time and experience to make his community a better place.

Kelly Pengelly :

Mr. McLean (Len) was a great teacher, coach, and motivator. He was respected and admired by many . Lots of fond memories of our hockey days as Len as a coach took us through mutliple Alberta provincial wins. Taught us how to maintain positive attitudes winning or losing and striving to do our best at all times as well as in the classroom. Len will be greatly missed.
Thoughts and prayers to Val, Jen, and Julie and families.

Bill O'Neill :

You will be forever missed Uncle Butch you were a good man
Love Billy

Mike Leavitt:

Heartfelt condolences to Val, Jennifer, and Julie and your families. Please know there are so many of us who share your grief and want to be of support to you. Len has left a large footprint in our community.

:

So sorry for your loss. He was an exceptional teacher and person. Lot of great memories from school, riding, baseball, he was involved in so many things. Touched a countless amount of lives in our community.

Michelle Fay:

I put Len on a pedestal when it comes to the profession of teaching, he didnt just teach, he left a lasting impression in all our hearts, for he taught us what meditation was long before it was cool. You captured our hearts and earned our friendships, while busting barriers down when it came to mathematics for me. May you rest in peace

Deepest condolences to the Mclean family. Love Michelle (Mike) Fay

Dayle and Alice Murray:

Our heartfelt condolences Valerie and family. Len was an exceptional person. We will always remember his laugh and sense of humour. Prayers and hugs you as you grieve.

Ida Stange, Teresa Kobbero, Brenda Houlton, Tom Stange, Mom & Dad:

Our sincere sympathy goes out to Val and the girls; Len was a gentle kind man who always saw the best in everyone. All of the Stange siblings and a few of our children had the opportunity to be shaped by Mr. McLean, we were privileged to be taught and coached by a man we could call our friend. I am remember his generous hugs every time we met, until we meet again, rest in peace Len.

Melissa Keim:

So sorry for your loss. Mr. McLean was always one of my favourite teachers. I remember when the school was switching to white boards and Mr. McLean on purpose chose the room with the black boards he always had a pocket covered in chalk that I’m sure Mrs. McLean loved washing. Also his “trees” when he taught math. We had many conversations about “the aliens” coming every friday the 13 to take him home. He was always loved and will be dearly missed.

Shawn Kirton:

Bless his heart. He was an amazing teacher and he always had wisdom for me, though it was always short and sweet. My condolences to the family. Mr. McLean inspired my love for computers, and once again cheered me on when I went to college.

Will miss him indeed.

Best of wishes for Val and family.

Natasha kelly :

RIP Mr. McLane.
You were the best teach I ever had, you made it enjoyable to be at school you took the time to understand how I needed to learn and taught me in ways I could understand.
You were always there if we needed help in any subject, and you had no problems goofing around with all your students.
You made learning fun and we will miss you.
There will never be any better teacher.
Thank you.

Greg Coleman :

I have many fond memories of Len as my friend, co-worker and community member. He truly inspired and encouraged the best out of all. My boys were taught by Len and he certainly connected with them on a professional and personal level. He would always give me a great big bear hug every time I saw him. Our sincere sympathy to you all during this time - Rest In Peace Len!

Phil and Jeanette Kurney:

We are so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Len as being so incredibly kind and generous. They say it takes a village to raise a child and he was definitely that for so many at the Caroline school. He was so much more than just a teacher to all of the kids who had the honour of having him. He was a mentor and friend to so many. He will be forever missed but never forgotten! I will always remember him with a smile on his face and a witty comment to accompany it! You are all in our thoughts and our prayers.

Jo-Ann & Garry Katona:

We are so sorry for your loss Val &families. We all just loved Len. My kids thot alot of him as a teacher. He will be deeply missed. Our deepest condolences to you all.

Ed Harriott :

Condolences to the family he was a great man.

Debbie:

What a wonderful man...Len made time for everyone. .his smile and humor will be with us always.

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