It is with profound sadness that the family of Petty Officer Leonard C. Haley announces his passing on September 23, 2021, in South Shore Regional Hospital. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the age of 82 years. Born in Glen Road, Antigonish, on April 1, 1939, to the late Joseph and Mary (Jones) Haley.
Leonard joined the Canadian Armed Forces on May 1957 sailing on various destroyers and frigates such as the HMCS Nootka, Haida, Bonaventure, Preserver, and the Chaudière. His fondest memory was taking his two sons out on the Preserver for 10 days when they were younger. He loved serving the military and always expressed that if he was younger, he would do it all over again. After the military, Leonard worked for the South Shore Regional School Board prior to retirement.
An avid woodcarver and painter throughout his retirement, Leonard (aka Whittlin’ Len) was also recognized as a local Folk Artist in Lunenburg County. He spent many summers attending the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival where he proudly displayed his craft. Many of his pieces can be found around the world.
Len had a passion for playing games with family and friends; a competitive player in cribbage, Risk, horseshoes, and Texas hold ’em poker. Most times, he would just prefer sitting around the firepit, listening to country music and sharing stories and jokes with others.
Leonard will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Isabel (Lewellyn) of 61 years; his children, Glenda (Ron Burgess), Derek, Darren (Valerie) and Selena (Barry Wentzell); grandchildren, Jake, Jason, Brittany (Joel), Bre (Elijah), Mallory (Matt), Easton, Cassidy, Nolan, Nathan, and Camryn; five great-grandchildren; along with brothers, Athel and Ted; sisters, Barbara, and June.
He was also predeceased by sisters, Winifred, Agnus, Louise, Theresa, Rose, Patsy and Francis; as well as brothers, Alexander, Alvin, Ben, Jimmy, John-Chesley and Ronald.
At the family’s request no visitation or service will be held at this time. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Leonard C. Haley to the Hebbville Academy Breakfast Program, or South Shore Regional Hospital.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at South Shore Regional Hospital, the EHS Staff who attended Leonard at the home and the RCMP. Also, a special thanks to Jen and Dr. Riding for their care and compassion.
Arrangements entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater where online condolences may be made by visiting: www.sweenysfuneralhome.com