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Leonard Edward Fielding

Posted By obits On February 10, 2017 @ 4:32 pm In Obituaries | 42 Comments

One of the last true cowboys rode off into the sunset the night of February 9, 2017.

Born December 21, 1932 in Vancouver BC, Dad was a long time resident of Maple Ridge. In his teenage years he worked at Lubbocks Burnaby Lake Riding School, the major horse centre in the Lower Mainland. His love for horses drew him to the Lansdowne & Hastings Park Race Tracks and further to a dude guest ranch at Canim Lake. As an adult, he worked at Auto Marine Electric and BC Hydro. He is survived, and will be sadly missed by his loving family, brother Doug (Sally), sister Margaret, Pat, children Cherie (Tom), Christine (John), Larry (Connie), Darlene (Mike), Mark (Dominika), numerous grand & great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and too many friends to mention by name. The family expresses gratitude to Emily and the Ridge Meadows Hospital staff for their kind, caring support.

Celebration of Life
Celebration of Life will be held at the Maple Ridge Equi-Sports Centre, 21973 132 Ave, Maple Ridge, on April 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Expressions of sympathy can be made below.

Contact information:

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Condolence from Frank Hauzer on February 11th, 2017 7:59 am

Sad to hear my cowboy friend has left us, at the same time I am happy he is no longer in pain.

Condolence from Bill Fraser on February 11th, 2017 10:41 am

I was so sorry to hear about Len. I enjoyed working with Lenny for many years. My condolences to the family – Rest in Peace my friend

Condolence from Brenda Biggs on February 11th, 2017 9:04 pm

So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. my sincere condolences to the family .

Condolence from Inger Visser (Cruickshank) on February 13th, 2017 10:16 am

Len was a big part of our Horseshoe Stables, giving lessons for several years. We always had a good time. So sorry to hear he has gone.

Condolence from Judi & Gord Hart on February 13th, 2017 6:10 pm

Sorry to hear of Len’s passing. He truly loved life and lived it to the full extent of his physical abilities. We have known Len and his family for many many years. He will be missed by so many. We are fortunate to have had him in our life, as both our children went to school with his children. Rest In Peace Len and keep those horses in control.

Judi & Gord Hart and families

Condolence from Judi & Gord Hart on February 13th, 2017 6:14 pm

Our condolences to the Fielding family.

Condolence from Catherine Reisler on February 14th, 2017 10:25 am

So very sorry to hear of Len’s passing, he was always fun, we use to see him at cattle penning’s and smile and great conversation to match.

Ride on into the sunset Len,

Catherine (Laity) Reisler

Condolence from Nikki Henkels on February 14th, 2017 11:02 am

So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. Len was a true gentleman and cowboy. I have lots of great memories of Len teaching us on our “girls” night riding lessons.
Rest well Len – you will be missed.
Condolences to the family.

Condolence from Dick Cameron on February 14th, 2017 2:09 pm

Very sorry to here about Len he was a great friend and raised a great bunch of Kids it’s my pleasure to have known them all
Good Ride Cowboy, Good Ride

Condolence from Don and Cheryl Pengilly on February 14th, 2017 6:44 pm

Len was the true cowboy in heart soul and horsemanship. His passing is a great loss to everyone in the horse world. Take a deep seat and a far away look old friend.

Don and Cheryl Pengilly

Condolence from Kerry Verchere on February 15th, 2017 9:31 am

Your dad was a legend in his own time. I remember when we shot this portrait at Jamie and Skips place on 236th he told me that he was colour blind and didn’t know the colours on this shirt, so I shot it in B&W. Len was a true horseman, and I remember him saying more than once, “It’s a long ways from his heart.”
He was honest and a man of his word. You don’t meet many like Len, and I am truly saddened to hear of his passing.

Condolence from Lori & Rick Isherwood on February 15th, 2017 10:50 am

Condolences to the family, so sorry to hear about your Dad. Words just don’t say express enough about Len and all that he meant not just to his family, but to all that were lucky enough to know him. Rest in peace Mr Cowboy. Will miss running into you around town.

Condolence from Jack Linington on February 15th, 2017 12:32 pm

To the family of Len Fielding,

It is with much sorrow that I read in to-days paper about a very old friend Len. I was the master of ceremonies at Len and Pat’s wedding. Also past President of both the Burnaby Lake Saddle Club and the B.C Western Horseman Association and kept my horses at the Lubbock’s Farm.

Condolence from Lisa Vickers on February 15th, 2017 6:47 pm

A living legend … everyone who knew Len will miss him. The horse world will never be the same without him … I still remember the day he loaded my horse into a single horse trailer that the horse did not want to go into … Len made it happen 🙂

Deepest sympathy to the family.

Condolence from Wanda R McGillivray on February 15th, 2017 7:50 pm

A living legend he was condolence to all the Family
wil be missed by many but will be joining all the other
Cowboys god bless
The McGillivray Family

Condolence from Tina on February 15th, 2017 8:12 pm

One of the last cowboys, you will be missed Len. Condolences to the family at this sad time.

Condolence from Murray MacCutcheon on February 15th, 2017 10:36 pm

Sad news..he was always kind, friendly and helpful to us in dealing with our horses…people like that are very rare and we are grateful for having known him.

Condolence from Patricia Leonard on February 15th, 2017 11:30 pm

RIP pleace Len will miss our phone calls
I remember all the horse shows at Kenlor stables on Prairie road in Port Coquitlam where you came to judge the horse shows. Plus all the get togethers we all had at Payton’s Barn or the Black sheep pub. Will miss you a bunch

Condolence from Sharon Porter (Hogan) on February 16th, 2017 10:30 am

We were so sorry to hear of Lens’ passing. Our deepest heart-felt condolences goes out to the Fielding family at the loss of an “all round “good” person . I, along with Howie have very fond, fun memories of Len starting with the Lubbocks’ horse show and rodeo days, racetrack, PNE horse shows, trail rides, and many more shared times. The ALWAYS “willing and able” pair of hands are now at rest. ” Ride on there Cowboy”!!!

The Porter Family

Condolence from JUDY SPEAR on February 16th, 2017 11:11 am

WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT LEN’S PASSING. HE WAS A BIG PART OF OUR LIVES AND WILL SADLY BE MISSED.

Condolence from shelley cheetham on February 16th, 2017 6:37 pm

A man of sharp wit, snappy comebacks, and endless stories about just about anything. He was always there to help a friend, or even a stranger…loved his animals, and was ready with wisdom and advice for just about anything that involved horses. Len was one of the few people that come to mind when I think of the word “gentleman”. Although he could swap barbs and sarcastic remarks with the best of them, he would also be the first to open a door or pull out a chair for me. He always made me smile if I ran into him around town. It’s true what they say. The good guys do wear white hats. Miss you, Len.

Condolence from Mike Mayer & Cindy Dale on February 17th, 2017 7:22 am

We were so sorry to hear of Len’s passing. What a wonderful man and a great mentor to all. A fitting quote from “A COWBOYS LAST REQUEST” By Terry Ike Clanton

“I know it’s hard
But, please don’t cry
Fer I’m now ridin’ Gods trails
High up in the sky”

Condolence from Elfi Redpath (Skuce) on February 17th, 2017 10:44 am

Condolences to Len’s family , memories go back many years, we lived across the street and our kids went to school together. Len was always so patient as he taught my girls to ride. Thru the years as I moved away tried to keep in touch . He was a great mentor to so many, a true gentleman who loved life in a world that has forgotten to enjoy the simple things and how to slow down. He will be riding high up in the sky .

Condolence from Linda Pocock on February 17th, 2017 8:20 pm

Our condolences to the family from Linda Johnson/Pocock niece of Rob Johnson as well as jack Pocock jack has a lot of good memories cattle roping

Condolence from Bernie and Seamus on February 18th, 2017 11:35 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Debbie Anne Paulson on February 19th, 2017 12:20 am

So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. My condolences to his family. He was a mentor to us “young folk” back in the Horseshoe Stables days. He will be missed.

Condolence from Peter Sargent on February 19th, 2017 9:38 am

Sorry to hear of Len’s passing. Great guy to have known. With Len you knew where he was coming from and what a kind hearted man he was . Will miss your honesty.
Rest in Peace my friend.

Condolence from Angela Finley on February 19th, 2017 11:18 am

Mark -Riane and I are so sad to hear of Len’s passing. He was so sweet and kind to us allowing Riane to use both Stormy and Marco and guiding her as a junior cutter. He will always have a special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

Condolence from Barry Sky on February 21st, 2017 8:42 am

Always enjoyed being in his company. He will be missed.

Condolence from Jeannie Laidlaw on February 23rd, 2017 3:33 pm

So sad to hear of Len’s passing. He certainly was a very special man and will be missed. He was kind, always made those around him smile and was true to his cowboy ways which he loved. On behalf of all of my family I extend my condolences knowing the sadness of your loss.

Condolence from Jane Baker on February 25th, 2017 12:00 am

So sad to hear about my neighbour Len. He was all about his horses and his dog Jessie. We would look out for each other. My grandkids loves to go to see Len and feed the horses and check his mailbox for him . He even took the kids out on his horse and walked around with them and they loved it, He was a great man with a lot of friends in his horse community I think everyone in maple ridge new Len. On behalf of myself and my family we express our heartfelt sympathy to his family and children in this time of sorrow

Condolence from Dave Hodgens on February 26th, 2017 11:40 am

This cowboy will be missed. Once thru heaven gates, he will head straight to the rainbow bridge. Ride on Len , thanks for the memories

Condolence from Valerie E Neilson on April 20th, 2017 4:50 am

I’m sorry for your loss. I remember Len from Burnaby all those years ago. He was a wonderful kind person. May he ride forever with no pain.

Valerie Neilson

Condolence from liz Saamanen on April 20th, 2017 6:13 am

He was a great man and always will be remembered always so supportive.Keep
riding

Condolence from Pam Smith on April 20th, 2017 10:07 am

I’m so sorry to hear of Len Fielding’s passing. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and friends. May you all take comfort in your treasured memories of him. It is so hard to say goodbye to people you have known all or most of your life. Rest in peace, Len.

Condolence from Judy Simpson & Tom Griffith on April 24th, 2017 8:27 am

Our sincere condolences to Len’s family. We knew Len from the Maple Ridge Equi Centre. We were fortunate to have many long conversations with Len and were always keen to hear stories of his life experiences. We were so sad to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed xo…

Condolence from John Vos on April 26th, 2017 1:01 pm

I always enjoyed our time together Len, playing crib and poker at lunch time made work at the steam plant bearable. You always would say, ” I thank you and my horse thanks you” for a favour done. As you ride past me and off into the sunset I’m sure folks will join me saying, ” There goes one great cowboy and one he’ll of a man”

Condolence from Dan Klassen on April 29th, 2017 8:56 am

Dan Klassen, April 29-2017. I had the pleasure to work with Len at BC Hydro, he was a mentor to many of us young punks but was always willing to pass on his knowledge which was endless, a true gentleman but one tough Cowboy. I recall we were all in the machine shop, there was a Anvil that weight a ton, Len made a few $ betting us young fellows as he was the only one who good not only left it he could also carry it. Condolences to the Family

Condolence from Deb Harper on April 30th, 2017 10:59 am

I remember the first time I got a blue ribbon at the Mission Horse Show under Len ….it was a victory on many levels because he was a tough but fair judge! God speed Len…you made me a better horseman

Condolence from Debbie Smith on April 30th, 2017 11:50 am

Yes Len was truly one of our last cowboys..How we had fun at the horseshoes! Happy Trails my friend..Dave and Debbie Smith

Condolence from Heather Allen on April 30th, 2017 5:14 pm

Growing up Len was a ‘reoccurring extra’ in my life. We
got a few Christmas trees from this place near 240th.
At the riding centre he was there as I ran around as a kid and as a teen. He’d kindly pass forward riding advice, ‘quiet hands, long legs.’
And when we’d pass each other around town it was always a big hug and hello. I’ll remember Len for his big smile and that copper bracelet for arthritis that was on his wrist.
Such a good person to my family.
I’ll miss you Len, you’re a gem.

Condolence from Shirley johnson on November 4th, 2017 5:54 am

I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I enjoyed his sense of humor riding lessons and being his neighbor before moving back to saskatchewan. So long partner till we meet again on that trail ride in the sky.

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