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FLEET, Leonard Manchester C.D., of Exeter

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On December 17, 2016 @ 7:52 PM In Exeter,Obituary | 58 Comments

FLEET, Leonard Manchester C.D., of Exeter

July 27, 1941 to December 17, 2016. Deeply loved and cherished husband of Barb (McNeil). Loving and devoted father of Josh and Lisa, and Emily and Steve. Proud grandpa of Isabelle, Lily and Elliot Fleet; and Nora Henry and Felix Holloway. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our dearly loved husband, father and grandpa peacefully at home. We thank God for the precious years we shared with Len and we draw strength and comfort in the knowledge that he has entered Eternal rest. Len leaves a very large circle of friends from both his military and civilian life. He is survived by his brothers Ralph and Carol, Wayne and Jean, his sister Wilda and Steven, and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. The family will meet visitors at the Zurich Mennonite Church, 37818 Zurich-Hensall Road, Zurich, one hour prior to the funeral service which will held on Thursday, December 22nd at 2 PM. An RCR tribute will begin the service followed by the message from Pastor Ryan Jantzi.

Len requested that those wishing to remember him will do so by visiting a friend to share a laugh and brighten their day or by lending a hand to someone in need. If you wish to make a monetary donation, please consider Zurich Mennonite Church for the extending of God’s Kingdom. Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter (519-235-1220) entrusted with arrangements. 

Condolences for the family of “FLEET, Leonard Manchester C.D., of Exeter”

Condolence from Joan Cleave on December 17th, 2016 10:54 PM

Barb; and Family…..I am truly saddened to hear of Len’s passing…..I know he will be in your hearts forever….just focus on all your memories…and he will be with you always……Hugs Barb
Joan C

Condolence from Brenda & Peter Allen on December 17th, 2016 11:38 PM

Barb & Family:
So sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure talking to Len. Our lives have crossed many times over the years. We will be thinking of you while we are in Florida. Take care.

Condolence from Linda Marsden on December 18th, 2016 6:49 AM

Barb, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this very difficult time. Hugs.

Condolence from Harv & Evelyn Vincent on December 18th, 2016 8:39 AM

Barb and family,
So sorry for your great loss. Rejoice with you that Len is in heaven. Praying for God’s comfort and peace during this difficult time. It was great to have him as part of the ZMC family. Blessings.

Condolence from Jerry and Alice MacLean on December 18th, 2016 9:20 AM

Dear Barb and Family, We were sorry to hear of Lens passing.He was a brave ,kind and loving man who will be missed by many. We always enjoyed being in his company. Sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Jerry and Alice.

Condolence from Dave Frayne & Cathy Cade on December 18th, 2016 10:14 AM

Barb and family: We are saddened to learn of Len’s passing. Many good memories of him at the Branch.
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Ron and Anne Helm on December 18th, 2016 10:28 AM

Barb and Family,
Anne and I were so saddened to hear of your loss with Len’s passing. We would like to extend our most sincere sympathies in these sad times. Len was great to be around and passionate in his Legion work. He will be greatly missed by his comrades.
Our thoughts are with you.
Ron and Anne

Condolence from Brenda Burkholder from VS on December 18th, 2016 10:32 AM

Barb and Family
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Len and for your children and grandchildren to lose their father and grandfather.
Len sounds like he was a remarkable man even thinking of others at his time of death wanting people to reach out to others with a kind word or deed.
Christmas time is especially heartbreaking to lose a loved one.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.
Sincerely Brenda Burkholder

Condolence from Ve ra Ar mstrong on December 18th, 2016 10:36 AM

Life can often be difficult it’s hard to explain why all of us must go through times of sadness, times of pain.
Though this doesn’t furnish answers it shows you people care so perhaps this time of sorrow will be easier to bear.
With deepest sympathy, Vera
Lest We Forget

Condolence from Leon and Helen Coolman on December 18th, 2016 10:49 AM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss and wish to offer our condolences. Glen was a wonderful person, so kind and caring.
We hope your memories and your friends and family help you through this sad time. He will be missed by all as he touched a lot of people.

Condolence from Karen Dickins on December 18th, 2016 11:42 AM

Barb I am so sorry for your loss…thinking of you.

Condolence from Don and Karen Balcom on December 18th, 2016 11:46 AM

Dear Barb and family,
So sorry for your loss.
Len was a great friend to everyone that knew him and he will be missed is so many ways.
His community work as well as his military friendships.
He gave back to the community and was always willing to help anyone in need.
His sense of humour will certainly stay with us for years to come.
Always a laugh when he was around. Great memories.
Sincerely Don and Karen Balcom

Condolence from Maureen Wood on December 18th, 2016 11:51 AM

Barb & Family ; Thinking of you at this difficult time, With deepest Sympathy ,

Condolence from Donna Perry on December 18th, 2016 12:12 PM

Barb and Family So sorry to hear of Len’s passing he was such a kind caring man. I know you have many wonderful memories to help you through this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy Donna

Condolence from Dave & Darlene on December 18th, 2016 12:55 PM

barb & family,
We are sorry to hear of len’s passing. We have many good memories of both of you over the years. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time & comes with our love for you & your family.

Condolence from Bob & June Fisher on December 18th, 2016 1:07 PM

Barb & Family, sorry to hear of Lens passing. Great neighbour.
Because of our military , we always had something in common
to talk about. We will miss Len. Bob & June from AZ.

Condolence from Bernice Thompson on December 18th, 2016 2:18 PM

Barb and Family;
Sincere condolences to you Barb and your Family.It was my pleasure to have known Len and one could tell
that he had a deep love for His Family.Remember all the good times that you all had with him.

Condolence from Don and Joan Heywood on December 18th, 2016 4:08 PM

Barb we are very sorry to here of Len’s passing. If there’s a lake in heaven Len and his buddies will be wetting a line.

Condolence from Mervin & Denise on December 18th, 2016 6:15 PM

We were so heartbroken to hear of your dad’s passing. We will keep you & your family in our prayers. God Bless & take care XO

The Finlays
Conception Bay South, NL

Condolence from Connie Bourne Kapp on December 18th, 2016 6:19 PM

Barb and family.
Sorry for your loss. We are all thinking of you in your time of sorrow

Condolence from Bill Wheeler on December 18th, 2016 7:29 PM

Barb; and Family
I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Len’s passing, Len was such a family man I know Len will be greatly missed not only by his Family but also by his many friends both military and civilian.
Hold on to your memories, they will help you through this.

Condolence from Wendi Schwindt on December 18th, 2016 9:18 PM

Barbara and family…I enjoyed hearing all about your family and how much Len enjoyed times together. Hold those memories and treasure them… keeping you in my thoughts.

Condolence from Kathy Knechtel from VS on December 18th, 2016 11:12 PM

Barb and Family…my thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m so sorry and sad for your loss during this Christmas season. You are rich because of the love and the full life you lived together, blessed with your strong faith and many friends. I wish I had known Len. Take care and hold each other close.

Condolence from Paul and Debbie Marsden on December 19th, 2016 7:30 AM

Josh and Lisa.

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

Debbie and Paul Marsden

Condolence from Tom and Rose Merrigan And family. on December 19th, 2016 7:42 AM

Barb and Family……We are saddened to hear of Len’ s passing. I know he is in a better place. lots of great memories he was and is a great friend . We are family call on us anytime you need us . Love you to the moon and back. R I P Love you buddy and we see you again in heaven.

Condolence from Linda Killan on December 19th, 2016 10:13 AM

Dear Barb, Emily and Josh, We will always remember your Dad with a smile on his face and a good story to tell. Usually food was involved. You were great neighbours and we hope your sadness will soon be replaced by all your happy memories. The Killan family

Condolence from John Field on December 19th, 2016 10:34 AM

Barb and family: There are no words to express the profound sadness we feel at Len’s passing. He was a good friend for many years. In fact, Len’s rather friendly, but insistent manner is the reason I have veteran license plates on my car today. We shared some great times, the most recent was attending the Cenotaph ceremony on November 11, 2016. He will always be remembered as being the best man at our wedding and I will miss him. He will be often on my mind and forever in my heart. Our prayers are with you as you journey through this very difficult and painful time. Love from John and Moriah Field

Condolence from Colleen on December 19th, 2016 12:48 PM

My thoughts are with you and your family Emily. I have fond memories of many fun times spent with your family. Colleen Trafford and family.

Condolence from Bob and Jane McLean on December 19th, 2016 1:01 PM

Barb and Family
Our sincerest sympathy is with you and your family during this difficult time.
May our prayers and thoughts help comfort you.
Bob and Jane McLean

Condolence from Ann Hoffman on December 19th, 2016 1:36 PM

Barb, Josh, Emily, and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss.
Thinking about you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Wayne & Sharon Fleet on December 19th, 2016 1:51 PM

Len was a wonderful uncle to his nephew Wayne (Sharon). We will miss him dearly. We are so thankful for the vacations spent at Len and Barbs home. They welcomed us with open arms. It has been wonderful to reconnect and get to know Wayne’s cousin , Josh and his family. We reconnected with Emily on face time as well we were in Exiter. We love you all. Len will be greatly missed by so many but we will keep his memory in our hearts and in our memories.?

Condolence from Millie & Boyd Holloway on December 19th, 2016 2:55 PM

Barb & family
So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. We enjoyed the times we spent with you and him especially our first year in Florida. Len was a good family man and we will miss him. May God give you strength for the days ahead. Our thoughts are with you. .. Love
Millie & Boyd Holloway

Condolence from Marion Astle on December 19th, 2016 4:36 PM

Barb & Family, I am saddened to hear of Len’s passing; he was such a caring man! Memories last forever, cherish them, they will only get better. Blessings.

Condolence from Tom and Rose Merrigan And family. on December 19th, 2016 5:20 PM

Barb and family . We are so sorry to hear of Len’s passing. We had share so many good times together. The one that I liked the most is when you Barb had a surprise birthday party for Len. We all met in Eacome Seacome Nova Scotia. What a time we had . I can still see the look on Len’s face and the tears falling as each trailer pull in . The meals he would cook for us and all his army buddies where so good. Great memories . The world is a better place because Len was here. Love you to the moon and back Barb …. Len Rest In Peace my friend and I will see you in Heaven.

Condolence from Johm & Sharon McNeilly on December 19th, 2016 7:38 PM

Barb and family – We are very sorry to read about Len’s passing. He was a very caring individual and always a pleasure to visit with. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers and trust that all the wonderful memories you made during the years you were together, will sustain you during the difficult days ahead.

Condolence from George Myatte on December 19th, 2016 8:22 PM


It is with great saddness we heard of Lens passing.

In the short period we had with you both it was easy to fell very comfortable with you.

We at MFT Strathroy team are very sad to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we could do for you Barb.

George and MFT family.

Condolence from Aunt Maisie & Uncle Earle on December 19th, 2016 9:09 PM

Emily, Steven & Family,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts are with all of you during this very difficult time.


Condolence from Tom and Rose Merrigan And family. on December 19th, 2016 10:12 PM

To Barb and family…. So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. We have so many memories over the years . One of our best was when you and the kids gave Len a surprise birthday party. We all said goodbye as you pull out for Nova Scotia and four days later we all met in Len’s hometown Eacome Seacome N.S. I still can see how surprise Len was to see us. The tears where flowing as we all started to pull in with our trailers. He felt the love of his family and friends. We sure had a party down east style. Well Len love you buddy and I will see you in heaven . Rest In Peace .

Condolence from Cari Cadeau on December 20th, 2016 9:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to the whole family. I will remember the big smiles and the hilarious stories.

Condolence from Dave and Louise Boyd on December 20th, 2016 10:10 AM

Barb and family

So sorry to hear of your loss. Len was a kind, generous person and a great friend both in the military and after we retired.. We have great memories of special times camping and he always kept us supplied with fish cakes and the occasional lobster. We heard many stories of all the lobsters he had to throw away because he couldn’t eat them all knowing that I like lobster.He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Isabelle and John Biehn on December 20th, 2016 10:54 AM

Barb and Family:

Saddened to learn of Len’s passing, although we knew that the end was near. Always upbeat and positive.
A true friend indeed. Happy he was able to be managed at home. Well done Barb. He will be missed.
Sorry to be unable to be with you on Thursday.

Condolence from Rob & Winnie Robicheau on December 20th, 2016 11:09 AM

Barb and family,
We are thinking of you and your time of mourning and may God comfort you. Len was a great friend and his great sense of humor will be missed. May you keep all the memories of the great times shared and may they bring comfort to you and the family. His great fish luncheons will be remembered by his many friends and buddies.
Rob & Winnie Robicheau

Condolence from Jenn and Jamie McBride on December 20th, 2016 1:33 PM

Josh and Lisa so very sorry for your loss. Our condolences Jenn and Jamie (25 Milford crt)

Condolence from Jeannette Wales on December 20th, 2016 7:54 PM

BARB and Family.
I am so very sorry to see of Lens’ passing.
HE will be missed at the meetings that we attended out of town.

Condolence from Betty& Bob Kirk on December 20th, 2016 8:37 PM

Barb and Family,
So very sorry to hear of Len’s passing. May he rest in perfect peace.
His sense of humor and kindness is a happy memory.
Bless you, Betty & Bob Kirk

Condolence from George & Liz Mulcahy and Family on December 21st, 2016 7:51 AM

Barb and family,
We are truly saddened to hear of Len’s passing, he was a lovely man, always made us smile/laugh with his
jokes and quick sense of humour. Our memories of the hockey days with the families are always filled
with smiles and one-liners. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Marion McCurdy on December 21st, 2016 8:04 AM

Barb: Wishing your family peace and comfort at this most difficult time. Cherish the memories, they will last forever.

Condolence from Mike and Wanda Morin on December 21st, 2016 1:38 PM

Sincere condolences from both of us…

Your niece Wanda and Mike (Moncton NB)

Condolence from Mike and Wanda Morin on December 21st, 2016 1:44 PM

Barb and family..
Sincere dondolenecs from both of us…

Your niece Wanda and Mike (Moncton NB)

Condolence from Bill and Donna Nicol on December 21st, 2016 4:50 PM

Dearest Barb and Family. Our hearts and prayers are with you Barb. Sure gonna miss Len, phone calls out of the blue just to see “how’s it going eh?” Always one with a story to cheer you up, and a hand to help you out.
Save me a spot Len, I hear the golfing and fishing is just heavenly where you’re at.
Hugs and Love
God Bless
Donna and Bill

Condolence from Donna and Bill Nicol on December 21st, 2016 5:05 PM

Dearest Barb and Family. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Len is really gonna be missed. An unexpected phone call asking “How’s it goin eh?” or an east coast story would always make one smile. Whether you needed advise or a helping hand Len was there.
save a sport for me Len cuz I hear the fishing and golfing where you’re at is just heavenly.
Hugs and Kisses Barb and Family
God Bless
Bill and Donna

Condolence from Don & Donna Webster on December 21st, 2016 8:00 PM

Dear Barb:
Thinking of you at this time. We always enjoyed working and
visiting with Len.
Our deepest sympathy.
Don & Donna Webster

Condolence from Robbie Naftel on December 21st, 2016 9:58 PM

Dear Mr. J Fleet
I am sorry that your father has passed away and is now safe in God’s arms.

Condolence from Shelley Bender on December 22nd, 2016 10:29 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss Barb, thinking of you at this so very difficult time.

Condolence from Dianne Waun on December 22nd, 2016 5:51 PM

Dear Barb and Family,
So sorry to hear this sad news of Len’s death.
Thinking of your family during these difficult days.
Dianne Waun

Condolence from Courtney (Rutherford) Hanham on December 22nd, 2016 6:51 PM

Barb, Emily and family,

I was saddened to hear of the loss of Len. He truly held a special place in my heart. You all treated me as part of the family when I lived there and I will be forever greatful. I truly enjoyed the visit from Len and Barb when you were east a few years ago.
I am thinking of you all at this difficult time. With love, Courtney

Condolence from Gary Heywood on December 22nd, 2016 9:02 PM

Are deepest sympathy to the Fleet from Gary and Louise Heywood.

Condolence from George & Beverley Hardie on December 31st, 2016 4:18 PM

Dear Barb
Just learned today of Len’s death. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
You are in our thoughts and prayers as you journey forward.
Love and blessings
Bev & George

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