OBITUARY

Lloyd Leslie Bodie

February 11, 1926April 24, 2021
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Peacefully, in the comfort of his home at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, Lloyd passed on from this earth in his 95th year.

Lloyd and his twin Allan were born in the depths of a Winnipeg winter in 1926. He spent his childhood summers swimming in the Red River with siblings and friends. He often spoke fondly of his father, who took them on adventures into the wilds of Manitoba to explore nature. Winnipeg was his home until he joined the Army in 1944, when he moved to the Canadian Forces Base in Shilo, Manitoba for training, and there became an instructor in marksmanship. Following the end of the war, Lloyd attended the University of Manitoba, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. One of his summer jobs took him to Bissett, Manitoba, where he met his future wife, Janice.

One of Lloyd’s early jobs was in Montreal, where he was able to spend time with his dear Uncle Roland who lived and worked there also. Later, Lloyd moved to Peterborough, Ontario, to work with Canadian General Electric. This job provided him with the opportunity to travel across Canada by train, as he was the on-board engineer taking care of the engines. During this time, his son Allan was born. When GE ceased making diesel electric locomotives in Peterborough, Lloyd moved to Toronto to work for Ontario Hydro. Here he worked in a number of positions, a favorite being the community spokesperson on the topic of nuclear power. After a long, satisfying career, Lloyd retired from engineering in 1991.

Lloyd had several places he loved to visit and spend time with family and friends. Lloyd, his brother Allan, and their Mother would meet annually in Banff for a holiday. For many years he made an annual trip to Brandon and Clear Lake, Manitoba, to visit with family and revel at the wonder of the wide prairie sky. At the age of 40, he took up skiing, which he enjoyed in Vail, Colorado. In 1971, he received the Golden Book - a treasured recognition for completing every run in Kitzbüehel, Austria, of which he was very proud. He did his last ski run at age 80. Skiing in the American Rockies led to hiking in Utah as he advanced in years. He was frequently accompanied on these skiing and hiking adventures by his lifelong friend and companion, Louise Trudel. His legacy of these travels is a marvellous collection of photographs taken with his beloved Hasselblad, and an interesting accumulation of rocks. A CANDU sales trip to Romania provided Lloyd the opportunity to visit Italy, and view some of Michelangelo’s great works, which he admired for the rest of his life.

He enjoyed travelling throughout southern Ontario in at least three MGB sportcars, loving the winding roads requiring lots of gear shifting. Lloyd had a deep appreciation of classical music and opera, with Wagner being his most favorite. He was a lifelong reader, and his curiosity led him to study a wide variety of topics including Eastern philosophies, yoga, religions, and quantum physics.

Lloyd was the last surviving member of his generation in his family. He was predeceased by his parents George and Ella (Frye), sister Margaret Mann, his beloved son Allan, brothers Allan and Roland, and sister-in-law Joan. He was also predeceased by dear friends Hubert Trudel and Louise Trudel. He is survived by brother-in-law Jim Mann Sr., niece Cindy Waldie, nephew Jim Mann and their families, as well as the children of brother Roland. Lisa Trudel, a special person in his life, also survives him.

Cremation has taken place. Lloyd’s ashes will be interred in the Bodie family plot in Carman, Manitoba at a later date.

Since moving there in 2014, Lloyd always referred to Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto as “My home”. He was superbly supported by the wonderful, caring staff who made his final years enriched and happy, for which his family and friends are most thankful.

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Andrea Trudel

May 3, 2021

Lloyd was a life-long friend to my family. Gerald (my spouse) and I first remember meeting Lloyd at my Aunt Louise Trudel’s apartment on Erskine Avenue in 1976, when we first moved to Toronto. Lloyd was a frequent dinner guest at Louise’s. He kept us entertained with discussions of science, engineering, nuclear energy, art, and philosophy. Gerald was especially impressed by the fact that he owned a Hasselblad camera--the type astronauts had taken to the moon! His technological prowess was on display, when he Macgyvered a device which enabled Louise to mute the television volume. Over the years he was a guest of Hubert Trudel’s in Ottawa, and we were honoured to have him visit us at our home. When we took up cross country skiing as a family Lloyd expressed his approval and his delight.
What can you say about Lloyd? He was a reflective, thoughtful, and insightful listener. We enjoyed Lloyd’s company. There are some very good and gentle people in this world, and Lloyd was one. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Andrea Trudel & Gerald de Montigny

Lisa Trudel

May 3, 2021

There has never been a time when Lloyd Bodie was not part of my life. He met my Uncle Hubert Trudel, my father's youngest brother, in High School in Winnipeg in the 1930's. Thus began a lifelong friendship between Lloyd Bodie and the Trudel family.

In 1966, after Lloyd moved from Peterborough to Toronto, he became close friends with my Aunt Louise, my father's youngest sister. Lloyd and Louise travelled together: skiing, hiking and driving in one of his MGBs. Lloyd and Louise were steady companions and when I moved from Vancouver to Toronto in 1987, Louise would host annual February birthday parties for Lloyd, myself and my cousin Pierre Trudel since our birthdays were all within one week of each other. Lloyd lived next door to Louise and he would arrive at her door with a dinner plate in hand and a smile on his face.

Lloyd selflessly supported Aunt Louise every day when she battled cancer in 2005. In March of 2006 as Louise was dying, I promised her that I would always look after Lloyd. For 15 years, Lloyd and I were inseparable friends and it was during this chapter of his life that Lloyd taught me responsibility, patience and kindness.

Lloyd was a gentle and peaceful man who loved opera, classical music, literature and art. He also had a wonderful sense of humour and his laughter could light up even the darkest room. Lloyd found that uniqueness that many people strive toward. He viewed life as a gift and appreciated every moment.

I shall always miss him.

Bryan Patterson

May 2, 2021

Lloyd and I met for the first time in July of 1983.
We instantly discovered our mutual longing for enlightenment and knowledge. We each had been searching for those fulfilments and someone to share them with for our whole lives .
Having found our respective soulmates we shared lunches together, at least once, EVERY month, for the next 31 year's, where we discussed philosophy, religion, politics, world events and shared many of our deepest secrets.
He was greatly influenced by, and introduced me to, the teachings of Edgar Casey, Joseph Campbell and Eastern religions for which I will be forever grateful to him.
Lloyd's favorite poem -"INVICTUS" by William E. Henley, describes the human being that Lloyd Bodie aspired to be. To me he was, and will always be, that person.
He was a man who worked hard, cared deeply and gave his best for the people in his life.
Until we meet again Lloyd
Bryan

Margaret Buis

April 28, 2021

Lloyd was a very special person to me over the last part of his life.
I have many great memories of our time together.
I will miss your joyous view of life and determination to cut out a life
that worked for you.
Love you Lloyd - bye.

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Twins Lloyd & Allan 1926

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Twins Lloyd & Allan 1926

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Lloyd Bodie and girlfriend Eileen around 1946

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