June 15, 1931 – September 5, 2022
In loving memory ~
Leonard Mike Barisoff, inspired woodcarver and eclectic dancer, passed away peacefully in the house that he and the love of his life, Anne Derhousoff, built along the Kettle River for their five children more than 50 years ago.
Len, who was predeceased by his dearest Anne, and his eldest daughter Laurie, leaves behind a legacy of two sons (Daniel and David), two daughters (Linda and Violet), seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Len began his life on June 15th, 1931, in Arran, a Doukhobor block settlement located in eastern Saskatchewan. He married his beloved Anne in 1953, and together with their kids they moved into the house that they had built along the river in 1970.
At an early age, Len discovered a passion for craftsmanship which would sustain him long into his early retirement; when not long-distance bike riding, tending his garden, baking, hiking, ballroom and salsa dancing, or cross-country skiing, Len could be found tinkering in his shop, surrounded by his myriad award-winning wood-spirit tree carvings, a workshop centrepieced by a Studebaker Len had built from the ground up. And while Len’s creativity knew no bounds, he left plenty of time for card games and jokes with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Len’s captivating smile will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and the local artistic community.
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