July 1st 1933 – January 16th, 2008

Lenard L. Hickson, born in Lashburn, Saskatchewan July 1st, 1933 went to be with his best friend, Jesus, January 16, 2008 at Hospice House, Vernon, B.C., at the age of 74 years, after a long battle with cancer. His mother, father and his brother, Ralph, predeceased him. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his children: Gary of Portland, Oregon, Daryl of Vancouver, Lenard of Vancouver, Bradley (Lori) of Coldstream and Barton of Kelowna; his granddaughters Ashley and Shannon, Brad and Lori’s children. He is further survived by his sister Muriel of Surrey and brothers: Grant of California, Lyle of Armstrong, Harold of Vernon, Wayne of Vernon as well as many friends. His foster child Luis of Paraguay will also miss his love and support. A more kind and loving person you could never find as Lenard was always there to help and give with a smile. He will be remembered for his great love for flowers. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1802–45th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. with Pastor Lee Patterson officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Special thanks to the staff at Vernon and District Hospice House. For those who wish to do so, memorial donations in Lenard’s memory may be made to Vernon & District Hospice Society, 3506 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4. Arrangements entrusted to Personal Alternative Funeral Services, #1, 4311-25th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1P5 (558-0866).

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.

I’m following the path God has laid, you see.

I took His hand when I heard His call.

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,

To laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way,

I found the peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joys.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,

O yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow.

I wish you in the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee.

God wanted me now, He set me free.

Thank you, Jesus.

Vernon Morning Star

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