August 30, 1963 – September 12, 2020
On September 12, 2020, we unexpectedly lost our beloved husband, dad, son, brother, grandpa and friend, Leonard Charles Hamblin, at the young age of 57. His wife, Cindy, will always remember him as her best friend, partner and rock. They were married on January 3, 1987. He always treated her with love, respect and kindness, and they proved to be an outstanding example to others in having a truly happy marriage.
His sons, Charles (Brianna) and Matthew (Chantelle), will never forget how dad’s stories and fact-telling would always culminate with gut-wrenching laughter. They would often hear from his friends of how highly he spoke of ‘his boys’ and how proud he was of their accomplishments. If you wanted to see how soft dad really was, all you needed to do was see him with his grand-daughter, Lily. Grandpa was so proud of how smart she is!
Leonard was born in Smithers, BC. to Charles David Hamblin & Merle Jacqueline Hamblin and was a brother to Nadina, David (Mary), Rocky (Penny) and Aaron (Brenda). He had many uncles, aunties, nieces, nephews, and cousins, and was a dependable friend to so many people. No doubt they will continue to call to mind Proverbs 18:24 when thinking about Len: “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
Leonard was well-respected in the communities of Hinton, Edson, Jasper and Grande Cache as a professional window-cleaner. He loved fishing, hunting, spending time camping and relaxing with a glass of wine after a day’s work.
As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Leonard made teaching others about the Bible the focus in his life. What he learned from the Bible gave him a real purpose and a hope for the future. As such, he wanted others to benefit as he did from the guidance it contains and would always know the perfect scripture to read in order to encourage a friend, or to give advice. His courage and zeal for his beliefs were well known in Houston, BC. where he was raised, as well as in Hinton, AB. where he spent the last 23 years.
We look forward to seeing him again in paradise on earth, where we can hear him laugh again.
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