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Lackner, Marcus (Max)died peacefully at home on April 20th, 2017. He had known for some years that he had black spots on his lungs from living in Cassiar, but chose not to seek treatment. He died 5 days short of his 85th birthday.  
Landucci, Michael Joseph , Born 20 June 1946 in Trail Died 29 April 2016 in Prince George. On 29 April 2016 Michael Joseph Landucci of Fort St John BC passed away peacefully, after a short illness, with his beloved Faye at his side. He will be forever remembered with love by his fiancee Faye Reeves, son Chris Landucci, sister Kathy Harvey (Michael ), Faye's children Janine Rutherford (Noel Sundby) and Darren Pope., many cousins, nieces and nephews, and legions of friends. Mike will be lovingly remembered by his stepmother Vera Landucci, and her children Phil (RaNae)Molloy,Teresa Landucci, Mary Kay (George ) Gunville and Elizabeth (Brian ) Lamond. He was predeceased by his parents Mary and Perry Landucci, his wife Sheila Landucci and his brother Donnell Landucci.  
La Torre, Giovanni, age 74, passed away in Vancouver, BC of cancer. on December 15, 2007. Giovannia leaves to mourn wife Nuccia la Torre, sons Angelo & Nick  La Torre and daughter Elena Mchugh. Giovanni lived in Cassiar for 6-7 years in the early 1960s, during which time Elena was born there. Giovanni and his brother Salvatore La Torre are both in the 1962 soccer team photo  
Labour, Herb, the first fatality in Cassiar, died in the summer of 1953 or 1954. He was German and a truck driver in the mine. His truck went off the mine road as a switch back. Herb jumped clear however the truck struck something and flipped, this ejecting the load of ore which then crushed him.  
Lahti, Ray "PeeWee" He was an assistant manager and then manager of the Cassiar Retail Store in the 1970ís and perhaps into the 1980ís, and after Cassiar he stayed in the area for much of his remaining life. In recent years he and his partner Shannon Mark had spent the summers at the cabin on Pine Lake, and had wintered in Prince Rupert. Ray was born in the mining country of northern Quebec on March 3, 1943, and died in Prince Rupert on November 17, 2012. He is survived by his siblings Laila (Neil, Nancy, and Julie (Warren) in BC, Diane (Pat) in Calgary and Ralph (Lise) of Malartic; his childhood friend Dennis Kirkwood, and his partner Shannon and their families.  
Lajunen,Yrjo Olavi (George) 85, passed away June 30, 2009 after a long-time illness. He was hospitalized 11 years prior after having cerebral haemorrhagem following which he got progressively weaker. He was cremated in Jyvaskyla Finland July 25, 2009. Leaves to mourn his wife Hilkka and sons Jari. and Marrku. George was a carpenter in Cassiar and the family lived in Cassiar 1958-1962.  
Landucci, Sheila, 58, passed away December 19, 2006 of lung cancer in Fort St. John, BC. Sheila was resident of Cassiar from 1988 to 1992; lived in Good Hope Lake til 1993 and Principal of Mount Pendleton School in Good Hope Lake. She is survived by husband Mike & sons Chris & Scott; twin  sister Sharon.  
Lannan, Jessie (married name Morrison) a resident of Powell River, BC, died March 17th, 2002 in Victoria, BC. She is survived by daughter Morag and extended family. Jessie hailed from the United Kingdom and had been a nurse in Cassiar from the late 1950s to 1962. In Cassiar she married Al Morrison (later divorced). She served as head nurse at the Clinton Creek nursing station in the 1970s as well.  
Larsen, Don, age 54, passed away on April 8, 2007 in Smithers, BC of pancreatic cancer. Don worked in the Cassiar mine as equipment operator for many years, starting in the late 1970s. He leaves to mourn his wife Cheryl and two sons. He was predeceased by his son Michael.  
Larsen, Michael, aged 22 and the oldest son of Don and Cheryl Larsen passed away September 2, 2003 of injuries sustained in a car accident near Telkwa, BC 4 days prior. Don and Cheryl (nee Hollman ) were long time residents of Cassiar before moving to Smithers.
Lavigne, Evelyn Badry (click link)  
Leal, Arnie, aged 62 died April 20, 2001 in Mississauga, ON of an aneurism. Arnie worked and lived in Cassiar between 1960-1968, later went to Clinton Creek and lived there for another 5 yrs. In Cassiar , Arnie worked in the mines equipment division. He is survived by Noemia (wife), Tony( son) and daughter Maria.  
Leckie, James, age 25, was tragically killed in a military training accident in Wainwright, AB on April 20, 1991. See Special Losses page. James resided in Cassiar from 1977 to 1982 and attended grades 7 to 11 at the Cassiar School. James was survived by his wife Rita, parents Oliver and Colleen Leckie, brothers Dan Leckie (Barbara), and Bruce Leckie (Ursula), sisters Marvel Knudslien (Rick) and Connie Leckie, as well as nephews Travis and Jerrett Knudslien, and Adam Leckie.
February 1991
Leckie, Oliver, August 26, 2011 from cancer. Oliver lived in Cassiar with his family from 1977 to 1984 and was employed at the Cassiar Mine as a shift boss and townsite foreman. Following his departure from Cassiar, Oliver and his wife Colleen spent many summers gold mining at their placer claims in the Cassiar and Burwash Creek, Yukon areas. Oliver lived life to the fullest and spent his last summer, at the age of 80, actively gold mining in the Yukon. Oliver is survived by his wife Colleen of Redwater, AB; son Dan (Barbara) of Sherwood Park, AB; daughter Marvel (Ed) of Cold Lake, AB; and son Bruce (Ursula) of Victoria, BC. He also leaves behind five grandchildren; Travis (Amanda), Jerrett, Adam, Marlee and Nicole; and two great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son James in 1991 and daughter Connie in 2005.
Legros, Alan, Died November 17th, 2001 in Dryden, ON of a heart attack at age 38. Alan was born in Cassiar, left in 1970 and was an Ontario Provincial Police officer for 18 years, serving mostly the north. Survived by parents Dan & Lucy Legros and brothers Gerry, Douglas, Raymond and their families.  
Legros, Danny, age 73, died at the end of June 2010 of cancer shortly following diagnosis. He is survived by his wife Lucy, and 3 sons (Alan died 2001) Jerry, Douglas and Ray.  
Lee, "Shrinky"  died of throat cancer. Operated "Shrinky's" (Cassiar's Laundromat)  
Lewak, Harry died of lung cancer in the late 1974. Harry was a carpenter and cabinet maker. Harry and his wife Stella lived in Cassiar from 1951- 67.  
Lewak, Stella passed away March 22, 2002 peacefully in Ottawa at the age of 96. Mrs. Lewak was the first person to work in the store in the original tent camp site located where the tailings pile ultimately ended up being and went on to become Cassiar's first post mistress. Stella and her husband, Harry lived in Cassiar from 1951- 67.  
Liddle, Dave Eric Sr. age 54, passed away September 22nd 2006 of a massive coronary heart attack in Comox, BC, Dave arrived in Cassiar in 1979 and lived there for approximately 15 years. He worked in the mill and was Union President for a time. He is survived by wife Betty, mother Patricia, sisters Barb and Christina, children Bobbie Joe, David, Tricia, John & Jennifer and their families.  
Lionel, Rory. Worked as a driller in the mine approximately 1979-1985. He passed away June 8, 1992 in Prince Rupert, BC where he was working as a log scaler. He died in his sleep of allergic shock. Photo taken in 1982. rory_lionel.jpg (17064 bytes)
Lishy, Gunther. Murdered at Atlin Lake, BC. He was summertime prospector & wintertime trapper and built many beautiful cabins in the Cassiar area including at Chain Lakes and Pinetree Lake  
Lonergan, Elmer (Al) age 81, died after a long bout with Alzheimers on January 5, 2004 in Vancouver. He lived with wife, Shirley, and 4 children at Cassiar 1959-1962. He was a Mine Geologist and and his work was instrumental in ensuring a uniform grade of ore to the mill. He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 53 years and children Mike, Ted, Robert and Shauna.  

Lonsdale, Roy  passed away suddenly March 24, 2004 after a month fight against a lung infection in a Toronto ICU hospital.  He was a healthy and active man and some unknown infection took him from his loved ones. Roy leaves behind to morn his wife Elaine and daughter Deborah "Dawn". The Lonsdale family lived in Cassiar 1955-1957. Roy was Assistant Electrical Superintendent. and worked on installation of the original tramline. Daughter Deborah born in June 1956 with Dr. McCall, among the first children born in new hospital. Roy helped wire both Anglican & Catholic churches. Roy was 1st president Cassiar Ski Club & worked on installation of original ski tow (with Bob Kager). He was also active in curling. They lived in the panabode next to Chuck & Julie Caron & family.

Lovell, Robert "Bob" passed February 5, 2016, one week short of his 87th birthday. Bob was predeceased by his wife Helen and their daughter Janet, and leaves to mourn their children Robert, June, Judy and Susan and their families. The Lovell family lived in Cassiar 1962-67/8. Bob was Warehouse/Purchasing Agent for Equipment Garage and active in the community (Cub & Scout Master, Curling Club President, etc.). Moved to Clinton Creek in 1967 and the family followed in 1968. Helen worked in the library.  
Lovell, Helen, aged 74 passed away in Grand Forks, BC on February 6, 2004 of heart failure. Helen and husband Robert "Bob" Sr. & and children Robert Jr., June, Judy, Janet & Susan lived in Cassiar 1962-67/8. Helen worked in the library. Bob was Warehouse/Purchasing Agent for Equipment Garage and active in the community (Cub & Scout Master, Curling Club President, etc.). The family moved to Clinton Creek in 1969. Helen is survived by Bob and three of her four children.
Lovell, Janet, aged 41, died of cancer on June 7, 2002 in Calgary, AB. Janet lived in Cassiar with her parents Robert "Bob" Sr. and Helen and siblings Robert "Bob" Jr., June, Judy & Susan 1962-67/8. The family moved to Clinton Creek in 1969. Janet leaves to morn her husband Regan Petty and sons Ryan & Mitchell, her father and her siblings.
Loverin, Don, passed peacefully on November 16, 2011in his home in Dease Lake, BC. Don worked in the mine as drill operator and then blast foreman 1968-1988. He leaves to mourn wife Margery and their children Gordon, Rose, Darren, & Dawn Janine ("D.J.").  
Lowe, Florence passed away the summer of 2004, the exact date unknown. She was living alone at the time of her death and was found July 28, 2004. Florence was the spouse of Ron Lowe who worked in the mill as a welder. Florence worked in the mill from 1973 to 1980 as a bagger. She and Ron arrived in Cassiar in 1972 and lived there until 1980 when they moved to Dease Lake.  
Lux, Billy. Husband of Maggy Lux & brother of Herta Mischkowitz  


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