Len Hamm, formerly of Kamloops, and lately of Mission, BC is at peace.
He is survived by his loving family: daughters Ruby (Larry Reynolds) and Pauline Johnson (Ron); sons Emil (Anna), Homer (Ivana), Bernard (Cathy), Calvin (Rhonda), Flick Billingsley (Margie); eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his beloved wife Bertha in September, 2003, parents Peter and Mary Hamm, and sister Esther Schmidik. Survived by sisters Hannah Neufeld, Edna Hobbs, Gertrude (Frank) Martens, and brother Clifford (Marie).
Dad was born in Herbert, Saskatchewan and led a rich and varied life. He was a farmer, woodsman, musician, carpenter, craftsman, and romantic. Len married the love of his life, Bertha, on June 18, 1944. They were together for 59 adventurous years. Their odyssey took them from Didsbury, Alberta to Radium. For a number of years they settled in the Edmonton area. Warmer weather and construction prompted a move to Kamloops in 1966. The opportunity to build his dream home lured mom and dad to Mission in 1976.
Len was unwavering in his convictions and his faith. He helped build a number of churches, in Kamloops, Kitimat and Mission and served the church in numerous other capacities.
Sawdust was in dad’s blood and if something could be built out of wood, he was up to the challenge. Some of his happiest hours were spent working on ‘projects’ with his children and grandchildren in his wood shop. Loving reminders of dad are present in all of our homes.
A memorial celebration of Len’s life is scheduled for Thursday, September 2, 2004 at 2:00 pm at the North Side Community Church, 33507 Dewdney Trunk Road, Mission, BC.
In lieu of flowers, and consistent with dad’s life-long love of reading, donations may be made in his name to The Wycliffe Bible Translators or any other literacy group.
“… let the lower lights be
burning … ”