Leonard Sydenham

Obituary of Leonard Sydenham

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It is with sadness we announce the passing of Leonard (Len) Sydenham of Clementsport on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. He was the only son of Leonard and Ruby (Wattley) Sydenham of Barry, Wales, UK. Len was born in September 1940 in the mining village of Maerdy, Rhonnda Valley, Wales and while still a young lad moved to Barry. Len is survived by his companion and wife Beverly Jean, his loving daughter, Julia Chenier of Kingston, Ont, his step children Wendy Train of Toronto, Jeff Train of Afghanistan and Brett Train of Toronto. Len was very proud of his grandchildren Kieran and Dylan Chenier of Kingston, Ont, Steven and Jesse Train of Toronto. In Wales, he leaves his loving sisters Janice Jones of Pontypridd, Wales, and Elaine Burrows of Barry, Wales, including nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Len began his career by working in the Dal Corning Silicone Division and while there studied at night for his degree in Industrial chemistry. He came to Canada in and began employment with CIL, Paints Division where he and his team earned the #1 Certification with Ford. Len and his team also created the paint finishes for Wayne Gretsky's hockey stick, 1 of which hung on his office wall at CIL. Len then became Director of Operations for Akzo Coating, Sikens and finally Wyandotte Canada. After retiring he operated Capt Snow's Country Bed and Breakfast in Port Wade, NS. He was enjoying his retirement when an opening occurred at Acadian Seaplant, Cornwallis. He retired from Acadian Seaplants 2010 after 10 years service. The joy of his life was his music. Throughout his life he was in 5 bands, in Wales, Toronto, and Nova Scotia. He was knowledgeable in music and the masters of Dixieland, Jazz and Big Bands. He delighted the Annapolis area for 15 years, playing both piano and drums. Len was proficient on the piano; however, his first love was the drums. He was a member of the Clementsport Royal Canadian Legion. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of the Kaulbach Family Funeral Home, Annapolis Royal. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 14 at 1:00 pm until the time of the celebration of life service at 2:00 pm, all from the funeral home. Rev. Gordon Neish officiating. A reception will follow at the Annapolis Royal Canadian Legion, Annapolis Royal. On line condolences may be sent to www.kaulbachfamilyfuneralhome.com
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