Leonard Patrick Lean
December 7, 1928 – November 16, 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat Lean. Pat was born in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia on December 7, 1928, with his twin brother Leslie. He was very active in the Merritt community. He loved the Nicola Valley and served as government agent for many years. He loved the people that he served. He was instrumental in creating Merritt's Coat of Arms, Flag and Motto. Pat also belonged to many organizations such as, The Nicola Valley Archives, The Canadian Cancer Society, and the Catholic Church. He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus.
Pat had many hobbies including stamp collecting, history, writing, reading and enjoying a coffee at Starbucks. One of Pat's favorite past times was walking. He always said that walking was the best exercise and if you keep walking, you will live a long life, and so he did! Pat also loved dogs. Boone and Hailey were his favorites. However, Pat's greatest love was his family, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Pat was a man of great strength and character. He was proud of his work, and also very humble. He never sought fame or glory. He did his work in a very quiet way, that is the way he was. He truly loved people and was very kind and compassionate.
Pat fought valiantly through medical conditions the last few years of his life, but he never complained and always had a big smile on his face.Pat was a great man, and now he is a great spirit. He will be sadly missed.
Pat is survived by his loving wife, Carmelle, sons Eddie (Laura), Donny (Michele), daughter Geraldine (Bruce), step daughters Patricia (Kevin), Natalie (Peter), sisters Kathleen and Mona, numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren, nieces, cousins, friends and relatives.
Pat is predeceased by his daughter Debra Rose, two brothers Leslie and Robert, his mother Demaris and father Meredith.
The family would like to thank the staff at Overlanders for their care and compassion shown towards Pat. There will be a celebration of Pat's life to be held in Merritt at a late date, to be announced. All family and friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in Pat's name.