With a snappy sense of humour and a smile that never stops, Leonard Legebokoff looks at his 18 year old dog.
“He dosen’t do what he’s told, but neither do,” he laughs.
Legebokoff moved to Fort St. James 50 years ago from Vancouver where he helped start up Colombia Tire – now known as Kal Tire for 17 years. He was born and raised on a homestead in Swan River, Saskatchewan.
“We’re homesteaders. We lived on the land, by the land and for the land. That’s what we did. My parents came from the old country, Russia. They applied for a homestead when they came to Canada,” Legebokoff said.
And eventually, it was the land that brought Legebokoff to Fort St. James.
“I love hunting and fishing. I didn’t want to stay in Vancouver so I packed up the car and here I am after all these years.”
Legebokoff worked for the Village of Fort St. James for 30 years and at Stuart Lake Lumber for 12 years where he stayed until its very last day of operation.
“I’m retired and look how smart I look now,” he smiles.
Legebokoff has been married to his wife Vera for 50 years, raised six children in Fort St. James and has 12 grandchildren.
“There are many good people here in Fort St. James,” Legebokoff said.
“But for me, it’s the country here. When I can sit on a riverbank and look out, that is priceless to me.”