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Leonard John Johnson

June 22, 1940 ~ October 3, 2020 (age 80)

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Leonard John Johnson, P.Eng. June 22, 1940 - October 3, 2020

Deeply missed by wife, Bernice nee Jeffery, daughters Christine Newland and Valerie Johnson, grandsons David Newland and Alex Newland, brothers Martin (Pearl) Johnson and Clive (Sue) Johnson, brother-in-law Martin (Sue) Jeffery, sister-in-law Barbara Jeffery. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Margaret (nee Martin) Johnson, brother Nick (Jill) Johnson, brother-in-law Ed Jeffery, father and mother in law Art and May (nee Cotton) Jeffery.

Len’s youth and the beginning of his adult life were spent in the Oxford area in the UK. In British Columbia, he married in Vancouver and raised his family in Surrey. He travelled back to the UK as often as he could.

He completed his Apprenticeship in Engineering in England and in 1965, travelled to Canada for a holiday. While in Canada, he fell in love with Bernice. They married and settled down in Surrey, thus planting his feet firmly on BC soil. He upgraded his engineering and became a Professional Engineer and proudly used his P.Eng. designation.

During his career as a highly regarded Professional Engineer, he was self-employed for many years and also worked at Columbia Trailers, Premay Equipment and Aspen Trailers. His work took him to Oman in the Middle East and many locations throughout the United States and Canada. His brilliant mind excelled at designing a wide range of equipment, from the design and building of a float plane dolly to designing heavy hauling equipment, capable of moving buildings or massive vessels for the oil sands.

His interests included reading books, music, playing the fiddle, singing, cycling (he cycled 20 years in the 120km Rotary Club Bike-a-Thon) and he was an avid train enthusiast, spending many holidays with his brothers-in-law exploring the Kettle Valley Railway.

Those who knew him will remember his mischievous smile, sparkling blue eyes and especially his kind and gentle nature.

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