LENNARD WASHINGTON SAMPSON December 25, 1933 – March 4, 2017
With dignity and grace, our family Patriarch, Lennard Washington Sampson, died and was welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Saviour, surrounded by his family, at Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg. Len will be deeply missed by his wife of 59 years, Barbara; six sons, Keith (Debbie), Kirk (Kim), Kerry (Sandra), Kester (Lorelei), Kordel and Kyle; 16 grandchildren, Korbin (Jenny), Kyra (Kyle), Kasandra (Aaron); Terrell, Kayne, Kareem and Kory; Tyler, Terrence and Taylor; Kyle (Joan) and Kayla (Arnie); Kollin (Kaytie) and Matthew, Noah and Owen; 12 great-grandchildren, Kali, Dominik, Melody, Aria, Taliyah, Chloe, Yazmin, Micheal, Vida, Drayden, Maleena and Olivia; his sister Cleorita Ramcharan and her family; sister-in-law Shirley Cooke and her family; brothers-in-law, Sherwin, Jack and Jeff Sheppard (Althea) and their families, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, a large extended family, and many dear friends. Lennard was predeceased by his parents, Sydney and Millicent Sampson; father-in-law and mother-in-law Augustus and Violet Sheppard; brother Livingston Medford; sisters, Ursil Charles, Velda Walters, and goddaughter Sherry Sheppard. Len was born on Christmas Day 1933, in Usine, St. Madeleine, Trinidad and Tobago, the youngest of five children and was educated in San Fernado. He was employed as a machinist with Texaco in Pointe-a-Pierre.
In 1968, he along with his wife and five young sons, immigrated to Winnipeg. Len was employed as the General Manager of Cyclo-Chrome Industries and later employed with Dominion Tanners. He was also an entrepreneur and owner of Trin-Tech Industries, and later owned and operated Krystal Crankshaft right up until his passing. Len was an ardent community servant and leader, often referred to as the Captain. He served on numerous committees and organizations including, Cari-Cana, Caripeg, Trinidad and Tobago Society, Barbados Association of Manitoba, Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba, Folklorama – where he served as an adult ambassador, High-Life Steel Orchestra, Independent Order of English Mechanics, Preston Unity, where he was the Grand Master of Canada and a member of the Supreme Council, London, England, and a member of St. John’s Cathedral for over 40 years.
Len was a family man, his family was always number one to him. He was also very respected and loved by all who met him. His home was always open to anyone and everyone. His kind and genuine nature, infinite wisdom, sense of humour, his many stories, his guidance and constant words of encouragement will be greatly missed. We are truly blessed to have had him in our lives. Viewing will be held on Friday, March 10, at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg, conducted by the Very. Rev. Paul N. Johnson with viewing one hour prior to service. Interment to follow immediately after the service in St. John’s Cathedral cemetery.
Goodbyes are not forever,
Goodbyes are not the end;
They simply mean we’ll miss you,
Until we meet again.
“Rest in Peace Daddy.”
CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL, Winnipeg
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 09, 2017