13 May 1942
to 14 February 2017
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Len Filbert on Feb 14, 2017 after a short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Len was born in Brightstone Manitoba, but his many travels lead him to Nelson in 1983.
Survived by his loving wife Catherine of 50 years, his children Karen, Carol, Dorothy (Brent) and John and cherished granddaughters Brettiney and Danielle. Also survived by his sisters Connie (Jim) and Linda (Elliot) of Winnpeg, brother-in-law Jim (Bonnie) of Langley and their families. Len leaves neices, nephews and cousins in various cities in Canada, the USA and Ireland.
Len started his career with the R.C.N. serving as a mechanic and diver on various ships and submarines. Upon leaving the navy he worked as a millwright in various locations in BC, the Yukon and Fort McMurray. In 1983, he settled his family on the North Shore of Kootenay Lake where he and Catherine owned and operated Kokanee Park Marine Ltd. until retiring in 2004. In his early retirement years, he kept busy working traffic control for several companies. But was always working on his retirement dream on the North Shore and in recent years he joined the Nelson Lions Club and Nelson Tram Society. Len was always there for all of us with helpful advice and willing to roll up his sleeves and help however he could to get the job done.
At his request, there will not be a service. Cremation has taken place and he will be interred in Brightstone Manitoba. A gathering will be held later in the year to celebrate Len’s life. To quote Len’s pragmatic but whimsy sense of humor “I’ve had a good run.”
Thank you to Megan Johnson of Thompson Funeral Service who has been entrusted with cremation arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Joseph’s School, the Nelson Lions Club or Nelson Tram Society.