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Leonard King

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June 15 1938 – June 30 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Leonard Frederick Albert King on June 30th 2022, in Winnipeg, at the age of 84 years.


He is predeceased by his father Lenard (2001); his mother Gertrude (1941); his step-mother Claudia (1998); his 1st wife Brigitte (July 4 1929 - April 8 2009); and most recently, his 2nd wife Eleanor (Feb 11 1938 - June 5 2022).


He is survived by his children:

Diana (Steve Ingham); Brian (Monika Najdychor); Susan (Peter Holfeuer); Gary (Tammy Hutchinson); Kenny (Connie Maynes); and Kathy.

His grandchildren;

Michelle, Brandon, Brian, Steven, Jason (RIP), Jessica, Darren, Christopher, Sabrina, Michael, Mathew and Kristina.

His great grandchildren:

Gino, Bella, Faith, Kyle, Konner, Thomas, Nora, Victoria, Theo, and Aurora.

His siblings:

Robert (Beverly); James (Sharon); and Joan (Don).

His cousins and many relatives in the King, Mitchell, and Goodrich families.

His many friends and relatives across Canada and Germany.

As well as his extended family:

Debby, Murray, Lori-Ann, Will, Abby, Colin, Ashley, Scott, Jessi, and Nikki.


Leonard was born in Brandon Manitoba and spent most of his formative years between Brandon, Carberry, and Winnipeg.

At the age of 17 he enlisted in the PPCLI (2nd Battalion Airbourne Division) and after training, was stationed in Iserlohn Germany where, shortly thereafter, he met and married Brigitte.


After returning to Canada; Brigitte and Leonard announced the birth of their first child Diana, and then within a year each successively; Brian, Susan and Gary.

To support his new growing family Leonard found work as a crash and rescue firefighter which he embraced passionately as his lifework. His vocation required long working hours and multiple transfers to Churchill, Carberry (where the twins Kathy and Kenny joined the family,) Beausejour, South Gillies, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, and eventually to Regina.

In what little spare time he had, he also worked as an ambulance attendant, a house painter, a St John’s Ambulance first aid instructor, and as an EMO casualty simulator. He also took pleasure in building aircraft models and in drawing and painting fire prevention posters in a “Vargas” style for his workplace.


As his children grew up and moved away he found another passion in compiling a history of the PPCLI through a substantial display of uniforms, weapons and photographs. This display was eventually donated to the PPCLI museum in Shilo Manitoba where it now resides.

Leonard, was a past president of the PPCLI Association and like his father and grandfather before him, was also a long-time member of The Royal Canadian Legion.


After retirement he and Brigitte enjoyed travelling the USA and Europe and then after Brigitte passed away in 2009, Leonard remarried Eleanor Henderson in 2012. They lived for a few years in the King family home before eventually moving to Swindon Way where they lived out their remaining years.


Leonard’s family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by visiting his tribute page at A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who knew him, are available there.


A celebration of Leonard’s life will be held at:

Winnipeg Beach Legion Branch #61

20 Hamilton Avenue, Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba

1:00 p.m. Sunday, October 2nd, 2022.


In Accordance with his wishes, cremation/burial has taken place and no formal service will be held.


Leonard’s family would like to thank all of you for your kind words of condolence and sympathy.


Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 -

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