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Leland (Lee) Lloyd Johnson
November 10, 2023
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Leland passed away peacefully and comfortably at the Betel Care Home in Selkirk, Manitoba after a long battle with multiple cancers. Leland was a fighter and showed no weakness.
He is pre-deceased by his father Obert, siblings Keith and Lorraine and his youngest son Jesse. He is survived by his mother Jean (Livingston), siblings Joyce, Pat (Lois), Arlon (Sandy), Julie (Edmond), Jacquie (Dale), his children Amber-Lee (Keith) and Andrew (Tiffany), his grand-children Taylor, Emily, Macalister and Jayson and great-grand child Aubrey as well as his many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.
Leland was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was raised in Starbuck with loving parents and a bunch of brothers and sisters that he cherished. He worked on the family farm through his youth and even after he moved away, he still went back home during harvest to help. He had a passion for tinkering and building things which led him to his first career as a carpenter. Leland was a skilled craftsman, winning awards in the trade. He worked for the carpenters union local 1443 for many years before moving on to major developers such as PCL Constructors and Bird Construction, just to name a few. Later, over the years Leland dabbled in many other careers until he found commercial fishing which became his passion. He purchased a home in Gimli where he created the quiet life he longed for and fished until he could no longer do so. I asked him once why he chose fishing, and his answer was so humble “with fishing he could build and leave something for his children when he was gone.”
Leland enjoyed spending time outdoors. In his younger years he would go canoeing, hiking and camping in Kenora. When he had children, he focused his outdoor activities to camping with them, digging for night crawlers very late at night, spending hours taking them to the beach and building bonfires for them to roast marshmallows. He wasn’t much of a traveler but one of his fondest memories was visiting Arlon in California. He enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking and even sewing. He loved and had many animals over the years, including a cow named Betsy. These traits I’m sure came from growing up on a farm. He enjoyed the time he had with his children and was proud to watch his family tree grow with grandchildren and eventually a great-grandchild. In his later years Leland chose to live a quiet and more secluded life with a small circle of family and friends.
Many thanks to all of our friends and family who have been so kind at this sad time. A special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Betel Home in Selkirk, Manitoba.
In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023, in the Trinity Lutheran Church, Starbuck, MB at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Leland to:
CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
1160-675 McDermot Ave
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.