Leonard (Len) Francis Tilbe, born Dec. 6, 1938 in Fort Macleod, suddenly passed away Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, in Lethbridge, at the age of 74 years.
Lovingly remembered and missed by his wife of 54 years, Janet (Lubin); son Wayne of Fort Macleod; daughter Carrie (Rob) Sproviero of Richmond, B.C.; grandchildren Joshuah Roy (Tanya), of CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Isabela and Anthony Sproviero, of Richmond, B.C.; and great grandchildren, TJ and Hailey Roy, of CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia.
Len is also survived by his sister Dorothy Smith of Sundre; and brother Jim (Sharon) Tilbe, of Calgary; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Len was predeceased by his parents Lillian Elizabeth and Ronald Thomas Tilbe, long time residents of Fort Macleod.
Len lived most of his life in Fort Macleod, except for three years as Post Master in Valleyview.
Len was, in his youth, a Boy Scout, achieving the position of Queen’s Scout. He participated in Fort Macleod’s well being all of his adult life, as a volunteer firefighter to the level of Deputy Chief and long term Elks Lodge member, with upper positions of Exalted Ruler and District Deputy. Len was ardent supporter and volunteer with the Girl Guides Camp Okeekun, completing his contribution there doing flood restoration work just days before his passing. He also served on the Community Development Board for several years. Len was also involved with many other projects, so many to mention.
Len retired as Fort Macleod’s Post Master in 2000, after a 34-year career, with Canada Post.
In his retirement he enjoyed camping with his RV, and renovating his home, which to some was known as the “Pinder House” but was their home for 50 years. Len loved driving and put this love to work as a car transfer driver for Scougall Motors.
A celebration of Len’s life will be held at his home in Fort Macleod on Saturday, Aug. 31 starting at 1 p.m.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Girl Guides of Canada, Chinook Area, Camp Okeekun, or to the Fort Macleod Fire Department.