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ALDRIDGE, Leonard Logan (Len)

June 22, 1941 – Calgary, AB
October 10, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Dr. Len Aldridge, beloved husband of Barbara Aldridge passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014 at the age of 73.

Len moved to Edmonton as an infant with his parents A. Evelyn and W. Leonard Aldridge. He spent his childhood in Edmonton, and earned his BSc (1965) and Medical (1969) Degrees at the University of Alberta. Married in August, 1964, Len and his bride Barbara Shields, moved to Calgary in 1969 where they raised their family. Len’s Spirit will live on in his four children and seven grandchildren. Suzanne L. (Kevin) Stepaniuk, Emilea and Paige; Shannon R. Aldridge; Cameron L. (Joanne Saher) Aldridge, Matthew and Adam; Lindsay J.(Todd) Wagner, Oscar, Dewy and Wylde. Len was the eldest of five children and will be remembered by his brothers and their families; Kelly (Mary) Aldridge, Douglas (Pat) Aldridge and Dennis (Siobhan) Aldridge.

He will also be remembered by Marjorie and David Garner and Elaine (Robt) Emes and their families. Numerous patients, colleagues and friends will recall his compassion, kindness, and never ending care. Len was predeceased by his father W. Leonard (1974), his sister Judith (1997) and his mother A. Evelyn (2012). The family thanks Unit 72 at the Rockyview Hospital for their kind and compassionate care. We are grateful for the special attention given to “Dr. A” by the care-ladies at the residence where he spent his last few months. We are especially overwhelmed with gratitude for the endless time and personal support given to Len and his family over the years by his Doctor, colleague and friend, Dr. Mark Sosnowski. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Len’s name to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary. #201 222-58 Ave SW. Calgary, Alberta T2H 2S3 or online at

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 1:00p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

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  1. Dear Barb, Suzanne, Shannon, Cameron, Lindsay and families…

    Working at the Clinic with Dr. A was always fun; he was caring, knowledgeable, willing to share his wisdom and an excellent teacher. Heaven has gained an angel. One with a twinkle in his eye and chocolate in his pocket. He will be missed.

    Thinking of you during this sad time and sending hugs.

    Tracey, Ken, Kayla and Ayli Smith

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  2. R.I.P. Dr. A. It was a privilege to work with you for many years.

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  3. Bonnie Helm-Northover :

    Warm memories and kindest thoughts of the Aldridge Family who were my family’s great neighbours in Edmonton. Thinking of you all at this very sad time and wishing you all the very best. xo Bonnie

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  4. Dave Galbraith :

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all the family in this difficult time. Love from Dave & The Galbraith Family

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  5. Bill Jean allan :

    Lindsay, Todd, Oscar, Dewey, and Wylde. We are sorry for your loss. We will not be able to be there for you in the flesh but we will be with you in spirit.

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  6. Gordon Chaytors :

    I don’t know if you remember me but I was a med school classmate of Len’s and we did our Family Med internship in Calgary. Len was one of the “old married guys” in the class of ’69 but I always found him kind and helpful to us wet behind the ears kids in the class. I was saddened to hear of his passing. My kindest regards to you and your family at this very difficult time.


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  7. My condolences to the Family and to all at Lynnwood Clinic,
    I remember the first time I met him, he did a house call when I had the mumps, he also brought my son into the world, he was happy and fun to see, may he rest in peace.

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  8. Dr. Brian and Gail Liggett :

    Years ago I had the privilege of working with Len when I first started my family medicine career at the Calgary General Hospital. He was a valued teacher and colleague who was most generous in sharing his medical knowledge. He had a lot of insight into handling patients, especially the older population. He was the Good Doctor and you knew your patients were well taken care of when Len was on call.
    Gail and I extend our sincere condolences to all his family and friends at this most difficult time.
    Dr. Brian Liggett

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  9. I worked for many years with Dr. A. He was the first doctor I met when I became a unit clerk. I have so many wonderful memories of him. But I will always remember every Christmas and the candy covered nuts he would bring.
    Rest in peace “Dr A” you will be missed.
    All my best to the Aldridge family.

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  10. Mary & Doug LeBlanc :

    Our deepest sympathies to Barb & all the Aldridge Family. Dr. A was a very supportive and caring person to me, and to all staff, when I worked at Carewest from 1998 – 2007. He will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him. May all your great memories of him bring you peace. Sincerely, Doug & Mary LeBlanc (PEI)

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  11. Carol And Robert Anderson :

    Deepest sympathy to Dr. Len Aldridge Family He was our doctor for 40 years at Lynnwood he was always a chuckle all the time . My husband would find a pebble and come in and tell him he had kidney stone Dr. Aldridge would say really , my husband pulled out the pebble and they laughed so loud . He would always wait for a candy each time I come . Thank you Dr. Aldridge for your help always, Rest in Peace Amen

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  12. Chris Aldridge :

    My sincere condolence to Len’s family, we have lost a valuable member of the Aldridge clan. Never forget the fact that his memory will be with all you knew him forever.

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  13. Barb, Suzanne, Shannon, Lindsey and Camerson,

    Heartfelt sympathy to all of you on the loss of your husband and Dad. I will always have fond memories of my friendship with him in earlier years. He was a caring man and well respected.

    Take care of yourselves, GREG DIGNEY

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  14. Brian and Christine Himmelreich and Family :

    Dear Aldridge and connected families:
    My family were fortunate enough to be patients of Dr. A and his Lynnwood medical team since 1975. We soon discovered that Dr. A was an amazing human being and doctor, filled with kindness, compassion and fierce protectiveness of every one of his patients, our family and our many handicapped foster children included. He recognized our foster children were human beings with challenges. I’d like to relate one of many incidents with Dr.A.
    Our down syndrome son Joel was about two when he developed breathing difficulties late one night. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. He was diagnosed with Croup and the treatment was a croup tent. I knew there was something wrong. I went into the croup tent with him, and his breathing and heart rate doubled almost instantly, and he was obviously struggling to breath. I mentioned this many times at the nurses desk, but they just said I would have to be patient and wait for the treatment to take effect. After about a week, at about 300 hours, Joel was essentially bringing his toe nails up when he coughed constantly, so I went and stood in front of the nurses desk with him. He was obviously not doing well and I could see they were scared. They finally called down a resident, who gave Joel a shot of steroids and within about ten seconds, you would have never known there was anything wrong with him. So began our experience with Joel and asthma, which is very rare for someone with Down Syndrome. Joel had not yet been prescribed Ventolin. He had another severe Asthma attack shortly thereafter. I rushed him to emergency. I told the young resident he had asthma. His comment was that he got so many parents that thought they were doctors, that Joel was having an attack of croup, and he needed to be in a croup tent immediately. I again told him that Joel had asthma and treatment for croup was absolutely the wrong treatment. He said since I was refusing the proper medical treatment, he was very busy with other patients and would get back to us later. I didn’t know what to do. He wouldn’t listen. I phoned the after hours service. Dr A was on call. I told him what was happening and he asked if the doctor was close by. I said he was sitting beside me. He said let me talk to him for a minute. I don’t know what he said exactly, but that doctor’s arrogance disappeared immediately and he was falling all over himself to get Ventolin for Joel. It is obvious that Dr. A was offended with medical mediocrity and would fight to the death for his patients. That is just who he always was with every patient. As I started out, it was our extreme privilege to be blessed with Dr. A. Our family has been through this process seven time. It never gets any easier, but I can assure you that in time, the grief you feel now will be replaced by comforting, special memories of an absolutely amazing man and human being.

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  15. Dear Barb and family,

    Please accept my sincere Condolences on your loss.

    Dr. Aldridge was a very special doctor and medical leader. He was knowledgeable and worked very hard. He would come very early in the morning to make his rounds to see our clients at Carewest. He would answer our call right away to solve our problem. I remembered many times that I had bothered Barb to relate our call when he was busy with other things. He had contributed so much to our clients and very supportive to palliative care program.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Halley Leung

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  16. Gisèle Betts :

    Dear Barb:
    I was so sorry to hear that Len had passed away. I was not aware that he’d been ill, so needless to say, I was very surprised and saddened. I’m so very sorry for your loss, Barb. Please also forgive the lateness of this note, as I only just found out a couple of days ago. I am thinking of you and wishing you peace.

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