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Lennie Watkins

Posted By obits On May 12, 2011 @ 11:23 am In Obituaries | 37 Comments

In Memorial

November 5th, 1958 – April 28, 2011
With great sorrow we announce the passing of Lennie by a tragic snowmobiling accident.
He will be dearly missed by his wife Laurie, son Michael, Daugther Courtney, Father Leonard Sr.Brother Ed(Kim) sisters Brenda(Andrew), Darlene(Jody) and predeceased by his mother Marge.He will also be greatly missed by all his nieces, nephews and many relatives, business associates and close friends.
The family would like to thank all those involved in the recovery efforts that occurred.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday May 20th @ 2:00pm at the Harrison Hotel, St. Alice Exhibition Centre, Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.
Contributions in the memory of Lennie may be made in lieu of flowers to “Lennie Watkins B.C. Search& Rescue Memorial Fund” at any Scotia Bank in B.C. or mailed to 9486 288st. Maple Ridge, B.C. V2W 1L1

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Condolence from Cindy McRae on May 12th, 2011 6:27 pm

Hi Darlene…The whole Dyer family wish to give you our deepest condolenses to your Family.
Love & Sincere wishes.

Condolence from Debbye Shelton on May 12th, 2011 6:33 pm

My prayers are with you and all your family. I didnt know your dad but know you…and was told by Erika that you were very close with him and alot like him…so he must be a great person as I know Erika, and you are so special to her and she has a good sense of good people.
I wish you strength during this time and know that you are a great comfort to your mom, brother and all your family. Please know that we are all wrapping our arms around you and giving you a big hug!!!! Love, Debbye

Condolence from Lean and Drew Stewart on May 13th, 2011 10:48 am

To the Watkins Family… Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

Love Leah,Drew,James,Karlee and Tiffanie Stewart

Condolence from Dave and Mary Lowe on May 13th, 2011 3:51 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family Darlene, Such an amazing young man taken far too soon, Sending our love, Mary and Dave

Condolence from Aurora weinlein on May 13th, 2011 5:08 pm

So sorry to hear about lennie. My thoughts are with you and your family

Condolence from Gary Fraipont on May 13th, 2011 6:06 pm

Laurie, Michael, Coutney and all the family. My heart goes out to you all at this very sad time. I am going to miss my buddy big time! Lennie was always reaching out for the Ultimate Experience. Unfortunately he has paid the ultimate price. It’s not tragic to die doing what you love to do and Lennie loved to do so many things. He was the master at playing hard. Lennie lived the real life giving it 200% in everything he did. I feel very lucky to have had Lennie as a friend.

Condolence from Kristen B on May 13th, 2011 6:40 pm

Lots of love to Courtney and family from all of us here in Los Angeles.

Condolence from Dixie on May 13th, 2011 8:42 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Lennie. I’m sure my Dad, George Slusarchuk, thought of him as his son. (or the son he never had)They shared alot of time together & it pleased my Dad, when Lennie contacted him not too long ago.
Please know our prayers and love are with you.
Dixie Slusarchuk

Condolence from Lynne Christensen on May 13th, 2011 9:50 pm

Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau Members, Directors and Staff offer their deepest condolences to the Watkins family. Everyone was so sad to hear the news of Lennie’s unexpected passing. Lennie’s contributions to the shake and shingle industry were many, and we all enjoyed the spirited discussions around the boardroom table. His passion for cedar shakes and shingles was readily apparent and Lennie was proud to be part of a multi-generation family business. He will be missed.
We urge you to draw strength from your family and friends who support and care for all of you. Our industry has lost one of its staunch supporters, and we mourn with you.
Lynne Christensen
Director of Operations

Condolence from Tom Faris on May 14th, 2011 6:08 am

I have known and worked and played with Lennie in our industry for 30 years. There is no question he lived life to the fullest. My condolences to the entire Watkins family and especially to Leonard and Ed whom I have known and worked, and yes played with over those same 30 years!

Condolence from Lois Marsden on May 14th, 2011 8:46 am

We just read about your husband’s death and have the greatest empathy for you and your family. Your strength will carry you through this awful time and you will regain your smila again. For now, know that people care and are with you in spirit. The happy memories will be with you forever…a big hug for you. Lois Marsden

Condolence from Bruce & Hope Vandale on May 14th, 2011 9:32 am

So tragic, so sad, too soon!
Our heartfelt sympathy to you all.
Hugs, Bruce and Hope

Condolence from will & jane bicknell on May 14th, 2011 9:51 am

Dear Laurie,Courtney,Michael

we have no words to express our sorrow at the loss of your husband and dad,please know that you are in our thoughts. love to you will & jane bicknell

Condolence from Kelly & Mike Vaille on May 14th, 2011 11:02 pm

To all the Watkins family: Our thoughts have been with you all since we heard the tragic news. Our hearts go out to you as you move through this. Take comfort in those close to you and feed off each others strength. Lennie’s character will live on and will be there in the most unexpected moments.

We will miss him.
Mike & Kelly Vaille

Condolence from John & Val MacDonald on May 15th, 2011 1:02 pm

Val and I would like to wish our sincere condolences to the Watkins family.

I knew Lennie through the cedar Business and will greatly miss his one liners that always cracked me up.


Condolence from Aunt Isabelle on May 15th, 2011 5:59 pm

Laura. Michael & Cortney, and entire Watkins family. Your loss is ours also. Lennie was a very careing, thoughtful, young man, loved his family deeply. He always had a smile and loved to kid and have fun. We all loved him. Aunt Isabelle and children.

Condolence from Shawn Webster on May 15th, 2011 7:46 pm

Dear Laurie, Michael, & Courtney,

It has been many years since I have seen you, but Steve always kept me updated on what you were all doing, and I often spoke to Lennie when I called Steve at work. He always wanted to have a chat and know what was happening with me. I so appreciated that he was so warm and friendly, and I know he meant the world to Steve. My prayers are with you all as you deal with his loss….it was far too soon. I know that you have many happy memories to hold close, and may those help you all smile again.

With sincere condolences,
Shawn Webster

Condolence from Harold, Joel, Jay,Anne, Tim, Ian Graboski on May 15th, 2011 7:58 pm

To the Watkins Family

We were saddened to hear of your terrible loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Wishing you peace.

Harold Graboski and family

Condolence from Len Taylor on May 16th, 2011 6:25 am

My condolences go out to the family, Lennie will be missed.

Condolence from Andrea and Jake McRae on May 16th, 2011 3:59 pm

We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, dad, brother, uncle, son and friend and want to extend our condolences to the entire family.

May you find some kind of peace in knowing Lennie will live on in the memories of so many.

A loved one, remembered in our hearts, lives on forever.

Condolence from Cindy Thomas, Matthew, Lisa, Darcy & Isaiah on May 16th, 2011 4:38 pm

Dear Laurie, Michael, Courtney, Uncle Leonard, Edward, Brenda, Darlene and families

Our hearts are truly grieving with you during this very difficult time. We love you all and pray for you daily.

Condolence from Esther Han on May 16th, 2011 7:19 pm

My love and prayers go out to you Laurie, Court, and Michael. I feel very fortunate to have known Lennie for the short time I knew him. I will always remember him as a man who loved and was very proud of his family, and someone who knew how to live life as it was meant. I love you all, and will be celebrating his memory on Friday.


Condolence from Tyler Wagman on May 16th, 2011 10:05 pm

Lennie thanks for all the awesome rides and memoires and being such a role model. C ya 1 of these days

Condolence from Darlene Korotva on May 17th, 2011 8:31 am

Laurie, Michael and Courtney, my deepest condolences go out to you. I am shocked at this news. He will be missed by all who have had the honour to have known Lenny, a great father and husband.

Condolence from Al & Helene Mein on May 17th, 2011 9:53 am

Dear Darlene,
We are so very sorry and sad. It is so devastating for the family to loose someone so young. I loss my only brother quite a few years ago, it is a painfull experience. Our love is with you Darlene and we wish you strenght.

Helene and Al

Condolence from Delano, Dawn and Paige on May 17th, 2011 2:31 pm

Laurie, Michael and Courtney – words cannot express our sadness at your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love Delano, Dawn and Paige

Condolence from Chris Browes on May 18th, 2011 9:09 am

I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Courtney and the entire Watkins family. I was privileged to have met Lennie; a kind man willing to invite me into his home.

I am confident that he will rest in peace with the knowledge that part of him will live on in his wonderful children.

Best wishes,

Chris Browes

Condolence from Ev (Kennedy) Kricheldorf on May 18th, 2011 11:45 pm

Thinking of you all Leonard Sr. Ed and family, Brenda and family, Darlene and family and even though I did not know Laurie, Michael and Courtney, words can’t express how sad this is, keep close to your family for comfort.
Growing up in little old Agassiz, playing in that big field behind Vimy Road, lots of great memories of snowmobiling in that field back when the Kennedy and Watkins kids enjoyed the good old Agassiz Winters. Take care our thoughts are with you all. Ev, Jean, Larry, Sharon

Condolence from Wayne & Shelley Reilly on May 19th, 2011 1:47 pm

To The Watkins family, So sad to hear of your tragic loss Lennie was a fun loving person that was evident to all that met him he will be sadly missed. Take comfort in your memories it will help you all through this difficult time and know that only time will ease your pain. Wishing you all the best

Condolence from Ernest Hepnar on May 19th, 2011 9:28 pm

I had the opportunity to grow up with Lennie, through high school, basketball, water skiing at Harrison, he was a great sportsman and great guy to know. Although our lives grew apart, I always enjoyed crossing paths at the fall fair. I know he will be truly missed and I am thankful I could call him friend.
My condolences to the family,
Ernie Hepnar

Condolence from Erika Egan ( Shelton) on May 19th, 2011 11:33 pm

Gareth and I would like to wish our condolences to the Watkins family. We are so very truly sad for your loss and will continue to say our prayers. I am very happy to have met Lennie on several occasions and I know he will be missed dearly by many. Courtney you are like a sister to me ( and Gareth) and we both love you so very much. You know we are here for you always. Much love to Laurie and Michael as well.

Erika & Gareth

Condolence from Angie Meier on May 21st, 2011 6:28 pm

Laurie, Courtney and Michael, My condolences to you and all family members, I am so sorry for your loss, way too soon.


Condolence from Delores (Lunt) Dickey on May 22nd, 2011 10:53 am

Went to high school with Lennie in Agassiz. Was friends with Brenda and Darlene at one point or another through our school years. Remember going to the Watkins house on Vimy for lunch many times. Although I never met his wife Laurie, children Michael and Courtney, my heart goes out to you all at this time. For all the lives Lennie touched, he will live on forever. Delores and Keith

Condolence from Andy&Judi Patterson on May 26th, 2011 7:25 am

Laurie, Courtney and Michael; We just heard about Lennie. So sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Time heals all but it is hard to be without someone you love and miss. Sending our thoughts and prayers your way.

Condolence from Heather Steele on May 28th, 2011 2:59 pm

To Laurie and family

Just heard recently of your loss, Lennie. It has been a long time since I have ran with you Laurie, but you are in my thoughts and prayers. It is hard to lose a loved one to soon. Take care

Heather Steele

Condolence from Dennis, Dorothy & Family on June 1st, 2011 2:59 pm

Dear Jody, Darlene, and Family

We recently heard news of Lennie, and are deeply sorry for your loss. We hold you in our hearts and our thoughts as you grieve through this difficult time. We wish you much love and strength, finding comfort in those who love you and with the strong bond you hold as a family.

All our Love,
Dennis, Dorothy and Family

Condolence from Linda R on June 5th, 2011 2:49 pm

To Laurie, Courtney and Micheal, my deepest sympathy to you on the tragically unexpected loss of your husband/father. I will always be grateful to Lennie (and George S.) for giving me, (a greenhorn), a chance to acquire a new set of work skills and gain the experience that took me to many places and opportunities, beyond the 1984 boondocks of Coal Harbour. That was a long time ago, but it goes to show you that memories are sturdier than life sometimes. Death took one from my family barely four months ago so I’m sorta there emotionally. Anyway……………Thank you for having this site up and taking messages when no other delivery method seemed feasible. So long from an ex-Coal Harbourite, ex-Ruskineer….sorrowfully yours, Linda R.
“We mustn’t be afraid to die while living our lives.”

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