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CISSELL, Leonard Wilfred “Len”

March 11, 1932 – December 4, 2011

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Leonard Cissell of Calgary after a short brave battle with cancer.

Len is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-four years Michalene (Micky) of Calgary; his loving son Brian (Anne); daughter Sheila; grandchildren, Brenda, Lisa, Vanessa, Krystal, and Andrew; and son-in-law John van Rooy; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, extended family and close friends. Len will be greatly missed by three brothers, Joseph (Vicky), Paul (Elsie), and Bernard (Beatrice).

Len was predeceased by his big brothers, Don and Gordon (Bernice) Cissell; big sisters, Bernice (Arnold) Linder and Helen (Svend) Larson; and brothers, Delbert and James, who died in infancy.

Len enjoyed the great outdoors the most, especially hiking, skiing and biking. In his earlier years, Len was employed in the construction and operations of refineries and gas plants. Later in accident prevention and safety positions with the provincial and federal governments. He strove to make the work world a safer place.

He was active in various executive positions with the Alberta Association of Safety Personnel and was an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering as well as an active volunteer with St. Luke’s Catholic Church.

He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Catholic Church (1566 Northmount Drive N.W., Corner of Northmount Drive & Northland Drive N.W.) on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank our loving nephew/cousin Ron (Ilia) Linder, the Doctors and Nurses of Unit 91 at the Foothills Medical Centre, Palliative care nurse Jennifer King and her unit. A special thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at Rosedale Hospice for the outstanding care given from such wonderful caring, loving people.

In living memory of Leonard Cissell, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Joe & Anne Marie Sullivan :

    I have many, many fond thoughts and memories of working with Len at Labour Canada and later with HRDC. I believe that Len is now in Heaven with the angels, and, that Heaven is a better place now with him being there. Please accept our sincere condolences with Len’s passing.

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  2. Thelma Wagner :

    Dear Micky,
    It is with great sadness I learned of the passing of your precious husband Len. I shared numerous hiking trips with Len and will always remember his perpetual smile, his gentle voice and his love of nature. He was a true “gentleman”. May God give you strength and courage as you move forward with your life.
    Blessings, Thelma Wagner

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  3. Barry Simpkins :

    I had the good fortune to share Len’s amiable company on many, many hikes with the Calgary Weekend Hikers over the past 25 years or so. He was one of the most decent, good-natured people I have ever known. Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Len, and hiking with him in Alberta’s great out-of-doors, will miss him greatly. My wife Barbara and I send our condolences to Mickey and all the family.

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  4. Barbara Ann Davis :

    I am very sad to hear about Len’s passing. I did not know that he was sick or I would have visited him in both the hospital and the hospice.

    I enjoyed hiking & skiing with Len and the thing I remember most about him is that he always looked so dabber. Being in the clothing business, I notice these things and I always had occassion to compliment Len on how well he wore his clothes. But then again, given his charming personality, perhaps it was the Man and not the clothes.

    All of us in both the hiking & ski club will miss Len. My deepest empathy and sympathy to Michalene and the family.

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  5. Len enjoyed a long and adventurous life.
    He will be missed.
    Best wishes
    Tony and Donna Lamb
    Norseman Ski Club – Calgary

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  6. To Len’s family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Len’s passing. I have many fond memories of Len on the hiking trails. He was such a kind and gentle man. He will be missed by many.

    My sincere condolences to you.
    Lynn Andres

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  7. Micky, am so sad to hear that Len has passed away. I remember the fun of sharing a table with you and Len at the Norsemen fall party so many years ago and the many hikes and skis that Len shared his gentle humour and love of nature with us. I will miss him and send you my heartfelt sympathy. Cheryl

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  8. Gord and Sue McLure :

    It was always a pleasure to see Len in the parking lot at the beginning of a skiing or hiking trip. He always greeted you with a big smile, and when he asked how you were, you always felt that he really wanted to know. We will miss his gentle, affable presence. Our sincere condolences to Mickey and family.

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  9. Deepest condelences to Micky and family on the passing of dear Len Cissell. Len was a caring, intelligent and respectful man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him in the Crowfoot 50+ Coffee and Conversation group. Our hearts and prayers are with you, Micky.

    Shelley Regnier

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  10. Robert and Marilynn Joy :

    Dear Micky and family:
    I was saddened to hear of Len’s passing. Lyle Sharko called me yesterday, December 9th, and informed me. As you know, I worked with Len with the Dept. of Labour in Edmonton for a number of years. Len was a mentor and a friend. We shared many good times together and although I have not had any contact with Len over the last number of years, We talked of him often when I met with Joe and Lyle in Kelowna.
    May “God hold Len in the palm of His Hand” and comfort you and your family during this trying time

    Robert and Marilynn Joy

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  11. It was a pleasure to hike & ski with Len because of his always most very pleasant nature. I will miss seeing him on the trails .

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  12. PAULA & JACK SISKO :

    Mickey: We have fond memories of Len attending bridge classes and birding trips as well as chance meetings with you and Len at St Luke’s. He was a true gentleman and we will miss seeing him at St Luke’s.

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  13. Theresa Osborne :

    Len was patient at my dental office and I enjoyed talking with him about hiking.
    He was keen to hike the Devil’s Thumb and thanks to him I know where that prominent rock formation is. When Bill and I finally get to Devil’s Thumb we will be thinkin of him.

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