January 5, 1927 – Vancouver, British Columbia
February 15, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta
We are sad to announce that Len Thorne of Calgary passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at the age of 88 years.
Len grew up in Vancouver with his parents, Rose and Bertie, and brother Bert. He obtained his mechanical engineering degree from UBC in 1949. After a decade in the industry he started Thorne Consultants Ltd, specializing in optimizing oil well productivity. His career as a consultant and lecturer allowed him to travel the world.
Len was a loving family man who devoted his life to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was a strong advocate for persons with developmental disabilities, and also volunteered with his church. He had a love of all sports, especially those involving his children and grandchildren.
Len is survived by his children Dr. Lorraine Thorne (Dr. Lee Stilling and children Carlyn, Dr. Erik Stilling and Joan); Maureen Thorne; Dr. Jim Thorne (Kari Gundersen and daughter Stine) Sheila Swindells (Gordon and children Jacqueline, Gordy and Michael); Susan McEachern (her children Heather, Ross and Donny); James McEachern; Joan McGowan (Dr. Dan McGowan and son Sean) Sister in laws Anita Thorne, Helen MacDonald, Doreen Morgan, June Merriman and numerous additional extended family. Len was predeceased by his wife Margaret, his son Lennie and his brother Bert. Len’s family would like to thank the numerous medical professionals who helped Len over the years and most recently, the staff of Unit 57 at the Rockyview Hospital.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W.) on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Len’s name can be made directly to L’Arche Calgary, 307 – 57th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2T6
Tel : (403) 571-0155 www.larchecalgary.org or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.
In living memory of Leonard Thorne, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences