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CORBETT, Leonard “Len” Michael Patrick

August 1, 1953 – Calgary, AB
November 15, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Len, beloved husband of Patricia “Pat” Corbett (nee Peters) of Calgary, AB, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the age of 60 years.

Leonard (Len) Corbett, son of Leonard and Eva Corbett, grew up and attended school in the Bowness area of Calgary. He was a member of the track team (middle distance running) at Bowness High School. He worshipped at Shepherd of the Hills and was an active member in the Coffee House group. Len worked at the Bay Downtown as a ‘burner and bailer’ and was invited to join maintenance when they saw what a hard worker he was. This led to Len attending SAIT in the power engineering program. He then attended Concordia College in Edmonton in 1975 and began a long learning journey.

Len and Pat (nee Peters, of Mayerthorpe) met in September, 1975 and married the following May. In preparation for ministry training, Len studied in the Social Work program at the University of Calgary (1979) and then Luther Seminary in Saskatoon (1983). In Calgary, he was introduced to hospital visiting through Lutheran Ministry to the City and served as interim pastor at Assiniboia, Saskatchewan before his ordination at Shepherd of the Hills in 1983. His first call was to Brunkild in the Red River Valley of Manitoba. Len enjoyed visiting while riding along on the farm equipment. From there the family moved to Winnipeg where Len returned to school earning a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Winnipeg (1992) and served first as interim pastor at Rockwood Correctional Facility and then Glenboro/Baldur in Manitoba. Len learned his special niche was in working with seniors.

Adam (26) and Nathan (24), his sons, were born in Winnipeg and have grown to be creative and unique young men. The family moved to Churchill, Mb. where Len loved to go ‘on the land’ with the boys…a pastime he had shared with his father, Len Sr. while growing up. In Churchill Len held the double role of social worker and part-time minister. From there the family moved to High Prairie, AB where Len worked as Mental Health therapist, leading to an interest in nursing. He returned to University of Calgary (Nursing) and became an RN, working first at Bow View and then at Bow Crest Care Center, earning a certificate in Geriatric Nursing and then in Skin and Wound Care.

Len is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pat, their sons Adam and Nathan, his mother, Eva and father, Len, his brother, Randy and his wife, Audrey; ; sister-in-law, Fran (Frank) Manaj; nieces: Annette (Alan) and their children Nala and Lucius; Vicky and her children, Tetris, Serena and Dominick; Tara (Darcy) and their son, Cole; Tanya (Jon) and their children, McKayla and Owen; Kim (Scott) and their children William and Clara; Dawn and her son, Brayden; and nephews: Philip, Kevin, Richard, Steven and Dale. He is predeceased by his sister, Colleen and brother, Rick; his son, Aaron; parents-in-law, Edward and Betty Peters and sister-in-law, Valerie.

A Celebration of Len’s Life will be held at Foothills United Church (3803 – 69th Street N.W.) on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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  1. Cheryl and Russ :

    Our prayers are with you, Pat and family, grampa & grama Corbett, Randy & Audrey .. May The joyful memories be with you always …with Love Cheryl, Russ and families

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  2. Lori and Ken Weller :

    Dear Len & Eva (and Len’s family)
    We send our sincere condolences in the passing of your son, Len. His life story reveals a very generous and supportive of others individual who will be missed by many. May each you feel the warmth and comfort of God’s embrace at this sad time.
    Lori & Ken Weller, (St. Thomas United Church)

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  3. Heather & Douglas Henwood :

    Sending condolences to Pat and her Children
    From the Family of the LateMargaret MacKay. (Leonard’s Aunt.)
    Margarets Children Alan, Heather, Robert and Gordon

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  4. Service was beautiful…as is our family. We will miss Uncle Pat deeply. Lots of love, hugs and prayers to all of our family. Xoxoxo The Busslinger’s

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  5. Carole Thannhauser :

    We were so blessed to have spent an evening with the two of you a few weeks ago, sharing memories and stories from this journey called life. Len was so strong. We are thinking of you Pat. May God grant you strength. You are in my prayers. Carole

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  6. Richard Bickel :

    Len was my first roommate at Concordia College in 1975. I remember his excitement when he met Pat and he wasn’t around much in the dorm after that. I’ll l remember him yelling at the top of his voice into the hallway and then dashing back into our room at Concordia as a prank on the proctor Larry Fry. what a hoot!
    we were both early arrives that fall at Concordia so Len took me with him to Calgary for the weekend and I met his family. I think we drove in an old VW. I am really sorry to hear of Lens passing. I knew Len as a commited spiritual person full of life and laughter and he was briefly a special person in my life. I don’t know if you remember me Pat but all the best to you and your family. Richard Bickel

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