William Leonard Glanfield


GLANFIELD, W. Len May 5, 1948 - April 5, 2010. Len fought a relentless 3 1/2 year battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away peacefully at home with his family on April 5th, 2010. He grew up in Victoria and started work in construction but soon followed the "call of the sea " and fished commercially on the Pacific West and the Ocean Rambler. Len leaves behind his loving wife of 40 years, Maureen, daughter Michelle (Walt), son Kevin (Michelle) and three cherished grandchildren: Kevin, Tyler and Jade. Also left to mourn his loss is his beloved sister, Linda McQuirter (Lee) of Ontario, two step grandchildren, Tyler and Sarah, extended family members and his loyal canine companion Mr. Darby. His family and many friends will miss his directness, generosity, sense of humour and love of animals. Len was predeceased by his mother, Gloria Glanfield Anderson who died in 1990. Many thanks to Dr. Alison Ross and Dr. D. O'Connell for those extra precious months. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday April 15 at 1;30PM at Olympic View Golf Course, 643 Latoria Rd. Please bring your memories to share, casual dress is requested, no ties please. We miss miss you Len, Choo.

As published in the Times-Colonist April 9-15, 2010

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April 4, 2011
Hi Maureen, Hope you are doing well. I can't believe a year has passed. Take comfort in your children and grandchildren and I hope I see you soon.

Love Joyce VdW

Dec 28, 2010
Maureen, Michelle, Kevin & Linda, please accept my belated condolences.  I only learned about Len's death today.

My memories of Len are from our childhood, when he stayed with our family or his grandparents Bill & Amy.  In particular, I remember Len coming into conflict with Amy's rule that you must clean your dinner plate before you could have any dessert.  Len used to sit at the dining table for hours pushing the food around on his plate - refusing to eat, while his grandmother looked on - a test of wills!  As others have mentioned, Len had a good sense of humour.  He enjoyed staying at our place as a kid, since my parents didn't have as many "rules" as he had to abide by when he returned home.  He could fool around more and get away with it, and my mother (in particular) would listen to the tall tales he was so eager to share.  I remember Len and I playing on the beach in Parksville in the summer, where his grandparents had a house.  Young boys such as us could spend hours and hours on that wonderful beach - no adult supervision needed in those days.

I'm really pleased Len's family decided to remember him this Christmas by traveling to Cuba.  What a great way to memorialize Len!

Joe Carr

April 15, 2010
Dear Maureen & family;
Len was an original, we never knew another like him. Life is so precious, treasure the special times you all shared. Our thoughts are with you.

Lynne & Lyle Ferrie

April 15, 2010
Dear Maureen and Family;
Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to you and yours. We will miss Len.
Dennis and Audrey

April 12, 2010
Maureen, Kevin and Michelle, Len did things his own way right to the end. Maureen, you and Len have been an inspiration to Mike and me as we fight our own battle against this horrible disease. Len was blessed to have such a wonderful supportive family. We will miss you Len.

All our love Mike and Jill Armstrong

April 12, 2010
Maureen, Michelle and Kevin,
Though we have lost touch we are very sorry to here of Len's passing and will always remember him and those crazy days when we were all younger.

Rich and Rose Ward

April 12, 2010
Maureen and family,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your husband and father. Reading the obituary in the paper brought back so many memories of working with you and watching lacrosse games together. I know your memories of Len will be very cherished and help to keep him near.

Take care of yourselves.
Cheryl & Keith Hanna

April 11, 2010
Maureen, Michelle and Kevin and family...Chris & I are so sorry to hear of Len's passing. God Bless you all at this very hard time. Rest is Peace Len.

Chris & Joyce Van de Water

April 11, 2010
Dearest Maureen, Michelle and Kevin

Soon thoughts of Len will bring warmth to your hearts as you remember all the good times you shared together. Len fought hard and did it his way with the help and support of those he loved. That's what families are all about! We love you!

Sandy & Mark Jarvis

April 10, 2010
Please accept our deepest condolences, our thoughts are with you.

Ken & Zennie Fyfe

April 10, 2010
Thinking of you at this sad time

Marion Holland

April 10, 2010

My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of Len. My thoughts are with you.

Trisha Thorner

April 10, 2010
To Maureen and family
I was very sad to hear about Leonard. It has been many years since I last saw him. My name is Flo, I am the daughter of Leonard's Godfather Robert Lowe. At different times dad and I tried to find Len, we would run into Bill, Lens Dad, We would ask him to get Len to get in touch with us it is a same we didn't try harder. I always think of Len on his birthday and regret I didn't get to know him as a young man. My deepest sympathy to you and your family and also Linda.

Flo Danbrook

April 9, 2010
Dear Maureen and family:
I was sad today when I read of Len's passing. I know he fought the cancer for a long time and the family got to enjoy him longer than any expected. I am currently in Maui and but wanted you to know that my sincere sympathy is being sent to all you. Remember his memories with smiles and laughter.

Pam Verley (nee Stewart)

April 9, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I can still remember Len on the sidelines watching Michele play soccer. He was fiesty and involved. We have lost a good man.

Bryan and Pam Rivers


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