William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

FAREWELL TO A GOOD FRIEND

I just heard about the passing of my old buddy Len.
We won’t see the likes of this old warrior again.
He fought in the tough days of the rough Korean War.
A proud Metis Soldier of the Canadian Infantry Corps.
Len worked on James Island for the folks at the C.I.L.
Working then for Central Saanich we all knew him well.
Len paraded with his Comrades on each Canada Day.
He was a staunch and proud member of the K.V.A.
I will miss him at Jake Spelt’s where we played 649.
Drinking coffee, playing Keno sure we had a good time.
I will see him again on that big parade up in the sky.
Where old warriors meet and Canadian Flags fly.
Dolly and the kids will miss you, as you were a good Dad.
Your children and grand children t hey all now are sad.
Rest in peace my good friend your long suffering is done.
You have soared to the heavens and on into the sun!

Author’s Note: The KVA and the Saanichton and Victoria Area Veterans did our GOOD comrade Len Desjarlais well, on the morning of 17th of July 2012 - The church was packed and the walls were lined with standing attendees who also came to say farewell to a good friend. I live next to the church and it was the first time that I saw the entire parking lot full. General Herb Pitts who served with Len in Korea said his mortar bunker was very comfortable and the envy of others which, considering the circumstances, they were under fire. Herb was Len’s young Pl Comd and he served with him in the front line. Herbert Pitts was awarded the MC for his brave actions in Korea. Herb was a good friend of Len’s and had visited him in hospital to find out he had just passed away. Many nice things were said by a variety of friends and relatives from near and far. The first nation drummers and singers gave their friend a fitting send off. Len was from Manitoba, which means the land of God. The Great Spirit is called the Great Manitou and the province was named after Him. His brother, who came from Manitoba for the funeral service, said that Len had gone home. The Padre led the congregation in the prayer “The Our Father” and the Veterans laid poppies on the flag and saluted a farewell to fellow comrade.

Leonard Harry Desjarlais
Leonard Harry Desjarlais
Age 80, Len left us July 11, 2012 at Royal Jubilee Hospital after his brave battle with cancer. He was born November 28, 1931 in 1 St. Lazare, Manitoba. Len (Fox) is survived by a wife of 53 years, Dolly, and their five children, Len Jr, Marvin, Michael, Corinne, and Denise (predeceased). He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Morgan, Graham, lsiah, Anna Jean and Kasinda and one great grandchild, Ryder. He is survived by his brothers, Norval, Lawrence, Renee, Ray and his sister, Patricia. Predeceased by his father, Joseph Desjarlais and mother, Claira (nee Gregory) and brothers. Albert and Chap. Len was a Veteran and served from 1951 until 1964, this included the Korean War. He was an active member of the Korean Veterans Association (KVA) of Canada and the National Aboriginal Veterans Association.

Leonard Harry Desjarlais

Leonard Harry Desjarlais