It is with great sadness that we share the loss of a favorite Uncle on July 14, 2020 at Teck Pioneer Residence after a brief illness. Len was born July 1, 1926 to Elsie and James Teague in Cobalt where Grandpa had come to work in the silver mine. The family later moved to Chaput Hughes, and lived on the Macassa Mine property. Len became a precision machinist; he started his career locally at Kirkland Minerals, Heath and Sherwood, and then the Kerr Addison Mine. After that, he worked for Hydro Construction, and saw many projects develop in places such as Otter Rapids, Little Long, Lambton, and finished his career at the Bruce Generating Station in Tiverton. Len was well regarded for his machining skills, and was sought for solutions to problems that were difficult to tackle.
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In 1978, Len had a major setback in his life when he was hit by a drunk driver while walking to work. He was not expected to live, but with determination and family support, he survived.
Len had many passions in his life. One of his first loves was skating: he took part in many figure skating competitions and especially loved the ice dance. He was an outdoorsman to the core, and he loved fishing, hunting, and nature. For many years, Len hunted on Manitoulin Island with a group of friends and family. Len had the most beautiful flower gardens at his house on Tweedsmuir Road; most of his retirement was spent tending to his flowers, trimming the hedge, or weeding. He took part in the community garden for a few years, and passed on his knowledge to those who were willing to learn. He won many awards at the horticultural show for his gorgeous dahlias, peonies, and oh, his roses. His roses were always a picture and sometimes it was hard to believe they were real. He had a very creative side, and made many stained glass designs for lamps and mirrors.
Hockey was probably number one in his world. A Saturday night never passed without Uncle Len watching the game. Whenever the puck hit the net, I swear we could all hear him yell “HE SCORED!!!!” from our homes.
He loved music. He had an electric organ, an accordion, a ukulele, a banjo, several harmonicas, and he played the spoons. He had a large collection of music that he listened to, played along with, and sincerely enjoyed.
Uncle Len always looked like a million bucks and could be seen around town with a clean shirt and tie, leather jacket, highly polished shoes and his signature shining, thick, curly, silver hair. He arrived everywhere early and always reminded us to “be careful” when he said good bye. Although he often preferred to stay home on holidays, he ensured there was a case of Pepsi, a magnum of Spumante Bambino and a cake with ice cream for the celebration.
When it became a challenge to continue to live on his own, Uncle Len discovered a new home with a lot of “family” at Teck Pioneer Residence. Ironically, he lived on Macassa Lane. He loved to dress up in masks, funky glasses or outrageous wigs and scare the life out of anyone he caught by surprise. He found a new passion for bingo, and if he won, his yell made sure that nobody was sleeping through the numbers. The staff at TPR was so wonderful to Uncle Len. They made sure he knew he was loved there, too.
Len is survived by his faithful and special brother Norman Teague (late Shirley), his brother in law William Beard, (late Dorothy) and his nieces and nephews Alison Whyte (Glenn), Susan Johnson (Michael), Laura Breukelman (David), Michael Teague, James McLenaghan (Kathy), Patricia Ahola (Allan), Sandra Dal Pai (Carlo), Nancy O’Connor (Sean) and Marjorie Harvey (Paul). He was predeceased by his parents James and Elsie Teague, his sister Mary McLenaghan and her husband Robert as well as his sister Dorothy Beard. Dorothy and Uncle Len shared a special bond, and he died on the anniversary of her death: it is a comfort to know they are together again. Uncle Len is also survived by many great nieces and nephews who were special to him.
We are most thankful for the loving kindness shown to Uncle Len during his time at TPR. Anna Rodgers, NP, Dr. Jessica Moore, and all the nurses and PSW’s who looked after him so professionally. It is when times are difficult in the world that we recognize what we have in our little town. Kirkland Lake certainly has a heart of gold in Teck Pioneer Residence.
Arrangements entrusted to the McDonald funeral home. As per Len’s wishes, cremation has taken place.
In Memory, Uncle Len would be very happy if we helped Teck Pioneer Residence Activity Fund continue to provide the outstanding care, love and enrichment to those who make it home. Cheques can be sent to:
Teck Pioneer Activity Fund,
145A Government Rd. East,
Kirkland Lake, On., P2N 3P4
Family is where life begins, and love never ends….