July 22, 1955 – April 15, 2021
Leonard “Len” Gordon Campbell passed away peacefully with his wife of 47 years, Perle, his daughter Angela and son Shane by his side on April 15, 2021 at home at the Hop ‘n’ Ear Ranch.
Born in Innisfail, AB to parents Keith and Fay on July 22, 1955, Len led a remarkable and eclectic life. Growing up in Calgary, Len met the love of his life early on and together they created a life that included a large circle of amazing friends.
He wore many hats throughout his career, spending 25 years with Speedy Auto Glass in Calgary, Grande Prairie and Red Deer before becoming a successful business owner of Clearview Glass Service Ltd. for 17 years in Sylvan Lake, which was recognized for many “small business of the year awards” for his achievements in the Central Alberta business community.
Many however may not know that he had also worked on many buildings and bridges in Calgary and BC tying steel, drove a taxi and owned a DJ company, glass tinting company and a horse tack business.
He was a driven entrepreneur and was known and respected for how hard he worked, his care for his customers, support for the community, and a man that could be trusted by his handshake and his word.
A dedicated father, Len shared his love of music, the outdoors and his ability to figure out anything with his kids. He always answered his phone and would be there at any moment he was needed.
He was heavily Involved in the Red Deer Minor Hockey Community for many years and coached Shane in hockey and never missed a game and proudly watched his son play Juniors in Saskatchewan and go off to play college and minor pro in the states.
He proudly supported Angela in her many triathlons including three-time IRONMAN races, picking her up on the side of the highway in training when called. If he wasn’t tirelessly supporting his children’s activities, he was taking them to his happy place out on the lakes or camping in the mountains of BC. He was the ultimate dad that any son or daughter could ever wish for.
Len found his true calling a passion for life over a decade ago when he got into horse racing. He built his piece of paradise with a farm just outside of Sylvan Lake where he adored his horses and could often be found out wandering the field with them or racing them around his track.
He spent the last ten years on the rodeo circuit living his dream travelling the province with Perle by his side each summer racing his chuckwagon and chariot teams. Len’s approach to anything was fearless and he didn’t do anything halfway.
After acquiring his first two horses, Hope and Spear, he became rookie of the year in both chucks and chariots and a championship in chariots and went on to win many other buckles. He loved being a cowboy.
He excelled at everything he did which included his many hobbies during his life; drag racing, gymnastics, snowmobiling, quadding, waterskiing. scuba diving, skydiving, billiards, playing soft ball, golf and his guitar. Len was fortunate to travel the world with his wife along with great friends and his family. He never turned down the opportunity to dance through the night.
His legacy will be remembered in so many ways, and his infectious smile, fun and social spirit will be cherished by so many he touched in the community. He was generous and always available to lend a hand. It was hard not to be his friend; Len lived a great life and always wore his heart on his sleeve.
His sentiments on life can be summed up with his favorite song: “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and his favorite movie, the 1946 classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
He faced his cancer diagnosis like he faced everything in life, with high spirits, determination, and never-ending hope. The family would like to thank so many friends and members of the community who pulled together to help him and his family through this past year. Especially grateful for the Homecare and Community Paramedic teams, along with the staff at the Central Alberta Cancer Clinic in Red Deer and the Gamma Knife Centre at the U of A hospital.
Memorial donations in Len’s name to these compassionate organizations is encouraged.
“Each man’s life touches so many lives!”
A Celebration for the late Leonard Campbell will held as a Drive-In Service, come and join the family from the safety of your vehicles as they would like to include you as they celebrate Len’s life on May 1, 2021 at 3 pm, for directions and covid protocols please contact the Sylvan Lake Funeral Home 403 887-2151 or the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Condolences may be forwarded to: www.sylvanlakefuneralhome.ca
Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 887-2151.
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