In loving memory of Leonard Dyck

Many of you will have heard the tragic news that Leonard Dyck was murdered in a random, senseless act of violence, his body found on July 19. He leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Helen, and their two sons, Ben (22) and Philip (19). The 64-year-old sessional lecturer in botany at the University of British Columbia (U.B.C.), was killed near Dease Lake in northern British Columbia. This became the last of Len's many sojourns into the remote countryside he loved.  Soft and thoughtfully spoken, Len was blessed with many gifts, a wonderful tenor voice, musical abilities, artistic endeavours and a keen intelligence. He studied at U.B.C. first applying himself to marine biology in his Bachelor of Science. Then he pursued botany (the study of plant life) and spent the next two decades in the study of seaweed, it's perils and persistent survival, obtaining his Master's and PhD.  He wielded his knowledge with a dry wit that endeared him to his students and peers. 
Len was very involved in his family's everyday activities, but now they face the catastrophic loss of the loving husband and father he was. The Dyck family said, "We are truly heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss of Len. He was a loving husband and father. His death has created unthinkable grief, and we are struggling to understand what has happened." 
As news of this tragedy has traveled around the world, many people are asking what they can do to help. The family is grateful to everyone who has reached out to them. Len's death leaves a challenging road ahead for his widow and sons. Although they are grieving his loss deeply they want this site to be one where you can leave a comment or memory about Len, and help them financially if you wish. They will need your prayers and support in the months and years to come.
Leonard’s parents have predeceased him and his lone sister, Doris Fleck, who lives in Red Deer County, Alberta, survives him. 
About the organizers: Eric & Ruthanna Friesen of the Calgary area, Alberta, has put this GoFundMe page together.  Leonard Dyck was Eric’s cousin.  All funds raised are for the immediate family's sole benefit and the family alone will have access to the proceeds.  The funds will be used at their discretion with foreseeable expenses for the memorial service, living expenses as well as education and vocational training for Len's sons.


  • Soren Huber
    • $100 
    • 4 yrs

Fundraising team (3)

Ruthanna Friesen
Raised $185 from 3 donations
Airdrie, AB
Helen Dyck
Eric Friesen
Team member
Raised $1,855 from 15 donations
Doris Fleck
Team member
Raised $1,325 from 4 donations
This team raised $21,735 from 160 other donations.

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