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It is with great sadness the family of Leonard Haver announces his passing on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

Peacefully, with his nieces by his side, Len has gone on to embrace a home free of pain and to join his loved ones.

Leonard was born on December 30, 1928 in Winnipeg, Man. to the late Fred and Mary Haver. Along with his parents and siblings, he lived in Ericksdale and Mulvehill, Man. during his younger years and then in 1947, the family moved to farm in Crozier, Ont.

Over the next several years, Leonard worked along with his father and brothers at various jobs around the district and eventually would gain employment with the local pulp and paper mill until his retirement.

In the early 1960s, he built his own home in Crozier.

On May 21, 1977, Leonard was united in marriage to the late Elvera Kleven, with whom he gardened and travelled throughout their time together.

Leonard had an immense love of gardening and being outdoors; most will remember catching a glimpse of him hard at work in his gardens as they passed by. He took much pride in sharing his harvest with his family, including his awesome dill pickles and homemade sauerkraut.

The family also looked forward to our get-togethers, where Len always offered to make our favourite wild rice casserole.

Later in life, Leonard would suffer a serious health setback and would then join his brother, Arnold, and sister, Nellie, at Rainycrest in Fort Frances, Ont., where he resided until his passing.

Leonard will be dearly missed by his sister, Nellie Jerry; brother, Ronald Haver; sisters-in-law, Irene Hill-Haver and Erna Haver; nieces; Val (Loren), Evelyn (Gord), Harlene (Dane), and June (Bruce); nephew, Abby (June) and their families; and long-time friend, Mary Lou, and his Rainycrest family.

He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Elvera; brothers, Arnold, Norman, and Edward; brother-in-law, Harley Jerry; and sisters-in-law, Alma Haver and Marie Haver.

To share memories, a visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 from 11-11:30 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, followed by a come-and-go tea there until 1 p.m. for family and friends.

A private family interment will take place.

Should family and friends so desire, donations may be made in his memory and in appreciation of his care to Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home or the Rainycrest Auxiliary c/o Green Funeral Home.