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Leonard James Brownlee
January 1, 1929 ~ January 17, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of Leonard James Brownlee on January 17, 2024.
Leonard was born in 1929 in Windthorst, SK to Thomas and Kathleen Brownlee. The family moved to the Swan River Valley in 1934, farming land NE of Bowsman for a year, then farming in the Floradale District for six years before settling in the McKay & Hall District, NE of Bowman, MB.
Leonard attended McKay School. Many funny stories were shared of the pranks that were pulled on teachers and students during those years. He always enjoyed a great joke and had a laugh that shook him with joy, took away his breath and made tears of laughter fall from his eyes.
Leonard married Shirley Kushniryk in 1958. They farmed in the McKay & Hall District until retiring to Swan River. The couple had four daughters: Barbara, Sheila, Colleen, and Rhonda, one Grandson, TJ, three Granddaughters Carla, Erin, and Ashley. Three Great Granddaughters Emma, Aria, and Penelope and one Great Grandson Cruz. He was a hard-working, kind, and loving Father, Grandpa, Papa, and Great Papa.
Leonard loved to hunt and being in the wilderness, spending many enjoyable outings in the Kettle Hills with family and friends. He also loved to play cards, especially cribbage. He proudly scored two perfect 29-point hands playing the game that he loved. He was an avid reader enjoying biographies and historical events and was very well versed in the history of Swan River Valley. He also enjoyed watching sports, curled, and played hockey in his younger years.
Leonard was predeceased by his parents and his brothers, William, and Gerald.
He is survived by his wife, his four daughters and their families and many nieces and nephews. According to Leonard's wishes, there will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Swan River Valley Hospital Auxiliary in Leonard's memory. Thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and Support Staff at the Swan Valley Hospital as well as the Home Care Workers and EMTs for the compassion and care provided for Leonard.