Leonard Cecil King

November 26, 1950 to January 25, 2018



Passed peacefully at St. Clare’s Hospital on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Len was a retired teacher, an avid golfer, and loved softball and music.

Predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Marion King; brother, Max; and father and mother-in-law, Rev. T.E. and Enid Smith.

Len was a loving husband, dad, pop, and loyal friend. He leaves with fond and loving memories his wife, Elaine (nee Smith); daughters, Jennifer (Robert) Collins, Anna (Dan) Haydon, Stephanie (Wes) Ryan; son, Michael (Heather Power); sister, Gloria King (Fred Fagan); grandchildren, Hunter and Hailey Ryan, Nathaniel and Maggie Power-King, and Lucy Haydon; brother-in-law, Derek (Jean) Smith; sisters-in-law, Pat (Merv) Clarke, Marilyn (Roland) Dawe, and Dale King, and a large circle of nieces, nephews, and friends. Special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.

At Len’s request, cremation has taken place. Visitation will be at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, on Saturday, January 27th from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm and on Sunday, January 28th from 10 am-5 pm. Funeral service will be held at the Carnell Memorial Chapel, 329 Freshwater Road, on Sunday, January 28th  at 7:00 pm. Flowers are gratefully accepted but donations in Len’s memory are preferred and may be made to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.



2-5 p.m. on January 27, 2018

7-9 p.m. on January 27, 2018

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on January 28, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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7:00pm, Sunday January 28th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
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Just learned of len.s passing.
I had the privilage of umpiring with len on PEI.
We had some chuckles and had a great time on and off the field.
My sincere condolences.
Sonny Campbell from Nova Scotia.

Elaine & Family,
So sorry to hear of Len’s passing.

Sorry to hear of Len’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow.

Fond memories of Len when we started university many moons ago. We always had a few laughs. Hi to Elaine and children.
I’m sure there are many great memories.

So sorry to hear of Len’s death. I remember lots of laughs the few times we were in Len’s company. My condolences to you Elaine and all your family.

I was shocked to learn of Len’s passing. I haven’t seen you both in years my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

I was first shocked, and then very saddened to learn of Len’s passing. I’d been seeing him rather regularly at Sobey’s on my return visits twice yearly to St. John’s and had no indication he was sick. I hadn’t seen him at Christmas but talked to him last fall when he tracked me down here in Halifax to pass on some information on a mutual friend – Bram Chruchill. I was somewhat surprised by the call but that was Len – anything he could do for a friend he would.. We shared a lot of good times together going to school and later MUN. I will always remember the friendship and that laugh. I know these must be difficult times for you and your family, but take heart in the fact that Len was known and loved by many and will be remembered by them.


Dearest Elaine and Family,
SHOCKED!!!! Len always did everything in style.. now even going to the other side.Those amazing days at Memorial University in the 1960’s. The time the group sent us into the Battery as we knew we were past curfew. The Battery Motel kicked myself and Len out as we tried to pretend we were husband and wife!! All the good clean fun and laughs Len and Elaine that we had. The last time we were together we had that wonderful barbecue at your home and had many hardy laughs. Thank you Dear Lord for that!!!! Just TOO many amazing memories! We will meet again one day Dear Lord. Peace, Grace and Mercy Dear Lord to Elaine and all the Family!! Salt of the Earth were Len and Elaine ! Rest In Peace Dear Friend. We will meet up yonder one day!As Ever: Curtis Cutie and Friends Forever; Maxine Stirling Dawe nfldmax@ gmail.com


We are saddened to hear of Len’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Roy and Evelyn Stockley

Dear Stephanie and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I did not know he was sick so it was quite the shock. I remember meeting him several times and thinking what a lovely man he was.
I’m in Squamish so I’ll not be able to make the funeral or home but I’m thinking of you all at this sad and difficult time.
May your beautiful memories always sustain you and keep him in your hearts.
Karen Martin

Elaine and family…
So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. Good memories of the old days at the Y. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
…Mike & Judy Bugden


I was so sorry to hear of Len’s passing. It has been many years since those badminton days and the drop ins at your and Len’s apartment at Bells Turn with Pat and Merv. I always remember how welcoming and kind you and Len were to us teenagers. Len was always the comedian and I loved when he was around – I loved to hear him laugh. He was also a great badminton player! Elaine, to you and your family please accept my sincere condolences. God Bless.

Debbie Hutchings

Rob/Jen and Family,
Please accept our deepest condolences and have you in our prayers.

King Family

Thinking if you in your time of sorry. Cherish your memories and hold them close.

Sending heart felt condolences.

Len, you were a respected individual around the field. Thanks for always ensuring we had umpires so we could play the game we all care so much about. Sure going to miss our arguments this summer lol may you Rest In Peace friend the world lost a great man. Cheers

Lafontaine Softball Team

Elaine, Jennifer, Anna, Stephanie, Michael and family, we are so so sorry for your loss. I’ve known Len for many many years having worked with him and we became very good friends as well. Anyone who was lucky enough to be a close friend knew him to be loyal and would do anything for you at a moments notice. He will be forever remembered and missed.

Dianne and Wayne Harnum

So sorry Elaine for your loss. Len was a great man. I only knew him for a short time but will miss him on the golf course for sure. Our Monday and Friday foursome will never be the same. He will be irreplaceable. We all love the game of golf but the laughs and company meant more.

Len, I hope you find a new golf course soon.

Your golf buddy,
Ron Murphy.

Elaine and family, I am extremely saddened by the loss of my good friend, and fellow umpire. I got to know Len about five years ago an I immediately found him to have great passion for the game of softball. He worked hard putting in long days and nights umpiring. He was also very instrumental in recruiting and training of new umpires. He will leave a huge void at the ball parks.. God Bless and Rest my friend.

Elaine and Family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on Len’s passing. It has been a long time since we have connected and I regret that but none the less I will always remember the great times we spent together, both on the golf course and at your house with him BBQ’ing those “Blue” Steaks and Jennifer being the center of attention. He was a good friend and co-worker. He will always be one of those guys I will never forget. God Bless you all!

Elaine and family,
I am so sorry to hear that Len has died. I first knew him as a teacher, then he helped me organize some NLTA dinners at Bally Haly. He was the first person Ban and I played golf with when we joined Bally Haly and he kindly advised me that my running gear would not be approved of by “some members” ???? As a new golfer was so grateful for his opinion and helpfulness. I am in Florida so unable to pay my respects.

Elaine and family. So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. It has many years since I saw him but when I did he always had a smile on his face. Can remember going to his Mom’s and Dad’s store many times while I went to St. Lawrence Condolences to you and your fam;ily

Sorry to her of your father’s passing. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Cherish your memories.
Hazel and Larry Collins

Our sincere condolences to all of Len’s family.

Elaine, Jennifer, Anna, Stephanie and Michael
I was so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Len; when ever I ran into him on the golf course he proudly told me about all the family happenings and always asked about Tim and Kate! He was a fine man, husband, dad and Pop.

I won’t be able to attend the wake or service as I am in Florida, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time
take care

Elaine and family, I am shocked to read about Len’s passing. My sincere condolences to you all. I met Len in university and have great memories of our time together especially studying at your place on Bell’s turn late into the night. Our friendship continued after university through sports. and eventually through our kids. We always talked about how our kids ended up going to school together and became friends. I will always remember his positive attitude and continuous smile.
Pat Hussey

Elaine and family, So shocked and saddened to hear of Len’s passing. I have so many pleasant memories of you both from our time at Macpherson.. I trust that pleasant memories of a life together, and the positive impact he had on all he came into contact with, will help sustain you at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you. Sincere condolences. Claude Bishop ,Kissimmee, Florida

Elaine and family, So shocked to hear of Len’s passing. I would see him often at Canadian Tire where we would always talk about how good retirement was. A great guy who was always so jovial. My sincerest condolences.

Elaine and family. Our deepest condolences. Len was a great friend and golfing buddy. We are in Florida so will be unable to attend wake or service. We know how much Len loved the warm weather here as well as out on the Islands. His quiet sense of humour and love for golf and a few laughs will be fondly remembered. All the best through the difficult time ahead but remember he enjoyed life and in particular he loved his family above all. Kindest regards, Lloyd and Janet Powell.

Elaine and family, Marg and I were so shocked to hear of Len’s passing. I worked with Len for several years, but particularly got to know him through our mutual love of golf. He was a special friend, reliable, with a great sense of humour.. Remembering him will always bring a smile to my face. Rest in peace, my friend.

To Len’s Family;
I send you my deepest sympathy in the loss of an amazing man. He always had a smile on his face, no matter the circumstances. The softball field will not be the same without him. We will miss his contributions dealry. May God give you the guidance that you need to get through this rough road ahead..

Elaine, Jenn, Anna, Steph, and Michael. Words cannot express our heartfelt sympathy and surprise on Len’s passing. I always thought of Len as a big brother I never had. I enjoyed so much his friendship, mentoring, and especially his sense of humour. I have great memories of Len which I will carry always, as I know you all will. My hope is that these memories will give you peace and comfort. He will be with you always in your hearts. Will see you soon. God speed and God bless.

Rest easy my friend…

Elaine and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Lenard.’s passing, way too soon. Although I haven’t seen him in years I remember him from our youth groiwing up in Portugal Cove.

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Elaine & family, I am so sorry to hear of Len’s passing, know that you are in the thought & prayers during this difficult time.
Hugs, Linda

To the king family.
So sorry to hear of lens passing.He will be missed in the softball community by all.

John Pittman an family

Len, What can I say, you will truly be missed at the softball diamond in CBS! You were a great person and all the young kids looked up to you. Rest in peace my friend!

Elaine, We are so sorry to hear of Len’s passing.please know that we are thinking of you at this sad time. Bern and Sandra Adey

Elaine & Family
Jeanette and I extend our sincere condolences on Len’s passing. I will always remember his larger than life personality and love of softball ; in particular umpiring.
May God Bless you as you celebrate his life.
Peter & Jeanette
Langley, B C

Elaine, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I write this wearing two hats. One as President of Metro Umpires, the other as a friend. His contribution to the game will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
by Bob Walsh

Elaine & Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Len’s passing. Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Keith & Karen

To the King Family.

So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. Although I have been involved in Softball for a long time I only met Len about 5 years ago. He loved the game and was involved on and off the field.

He will be missed by the softball community but not as much as he will be missed by his family.

Sorry I can’t be there as I am in Florida.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

To the King family,
So sorry to hear of Len’s passing. He will be deeply missed by the Softball community. He made a great contribution to the Umpiring program and his impact on the game will be felt for a long time.
Dave Feener
Softball NL

Condolences to Len’s family. I got to know Len during my time as minor director with Softball Nl. As an umpire, he was a straight shooter, never took sides and he did not mind telling players just how things were. He loved the game of fast pitch, did what he could to ensure minor games were officiated and helped developed young umpires. Thank you Len. RIP

Stephanie, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time.

Elaine and Family
We are so very sorry for your loss. Len was a special friend and we shared many good times when we worked together. He will be missed by many.
Our deepest sympathies
Elaine and Colin