Leonard BARLOW

BARLOW, Leonard


On March 16, 2009, the world lost an extraordinarily gentle man.


Len was born in Radcliffe, England on October 25, 1929. Len always loved anything mechanical. He trained and worked as a mechanic in the United Kingdom, before immigrating to Canada in 1965. After coming to Canada, Len took further training becoming a master marine mechanic, and worked in the Victoria marine industry, eventually finishing his career working with the vessels of the Marine Ocean Sciences Institute at Patricia Bay.


After his retirement, Len truly blossomed. He was able to devote much of his time to pursue his lifelong passion for motorcycles. He had many friends, and was always kind, gentle and generous to all. He loved animals of every sort, and his home was surrounded by furry and feathered creatures who relied on Len to refill the feeders he maintained each day. Len was also modest and self-effacing. Although he generously supported numerous charitable causes, he always refused any recognition for his generosity. For all who knew Len, our lives will be a little sadder and emptier for his passing.


Len is survived by his wife Muriel and by friends far too numerous to ever list.


A celebration of Len’s life will be held at Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney on Thursday April 2nd from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


“About the little chambers of my heart

Friends have been coming-going-many a year.

The doors stand open there.

Some, lightly stepping, enter; some depart.”

(M.E. Coleridge)