Passing of Life Member Reg. No 14551 S/Sgt. Lloyd Libke

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lloydLibkeLloyd Libke died peacefully at his home in Cobourg at the age of 92 on 10 August 2016, surrounded by his family. Born on a farm near Dundurn, Saskatchewan, on 18 January 1924, to Henry Libke and Lily Peters, Lloyd was the second youngest in a family of nine children. He was married for sixty-six years to Gwendollyn Griffiths of Toronto, who predeceased him in 2013. He is survived by three daughters: Janet (John Purkis), Marla (Grant Paterson), and Lana (Rick Pegoraro); grandchildren, Sarah Purkis (Joe Pratt), David Purkis, Seth Purkis, Devon Pegoraro, and Jessie Paterson; great-grandchildren, Gwendollyn and Elsie Pratt; sisters-in-law, Donolene Harris and Hazel Libke; and many nieces and nephews. Lloyd’s life was without a doubt a testament to good sportsmanship and outdoorsmanship. An avid hunter and conservationist, his interest in firearms, sportsmanship, and the shooting sports remained as one of the common links between five major career changes during his working life. Shortly after graduating from high school in Saskatchewan, Lloyd joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the age of nineteen. Following his basic training in Regina, he was posted to various detachments throughout Ontario, including Toronto, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and Hamilton. He was a member of the Musical Ride in 1949. In 1958, he was stationed as Commissioner’s Orderly at Headquarters in Ottawa, the same year he won the coveted Connaught Cup for Top Handgun Shot in the RCMP. In 1963, shortly before his retirement the following year, he was presented with the RCMP Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.  By the time he retired as Staff Sergeant, Lloyd had devoted twenty-two years to the Force, with service ranging from general police work to narcotics, intelligence, and counter espionage, as well as attendance at the United Nations as the personal escort for Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1960. In 1964, Lloyd accepted a position as sales manager with Winchester Western (Canada), based in Cobourg, Ontario. From 1971 to 1973, he took a leave of absence to join the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) as number-two man of a nine-man team to set up security on the Williamson Diamond Mine in Tanzania, East Africa. When he returned in 1974, he became the Manager of Advertising and Public Relations in Canada for Winchester. In his capacity as an employee of Winchester Western, he interacted closely with many outdoor professional organizations. In 1980, Lloyd joined as a staff member of the Canadian Wildlife Federation after the Canadian branch of Winchester Western closed down. His extensive history as an avid sportsman and outdoorsman served him well as he promoted affiliate relations and led eco-tours with the CWF. In 1983, he formed his own company, Lloyd Libke Police Sales, which supplied firearms and ammunition to police services across the country. This successful company ran for twenty years, and Lloyd retired in Cobourg in 2003. Lloyd devoted much of his professional career, and his time as a volunteer, toward instilling a sporting ethic among young people and his colleagues throughout Canada.  Lloyd was instrumental in organizing the Ontario Chapter of Safari Club International and he was a member of the Cobourg Trap Club. In 2015, Lloyd published his memoirs, Get the Hell Back on Your Horse, an account of his growing up, his varied careers and adventures. The family would like to thank the cancer clinic at the Northumberland Hills Hospital, the Community Care Access Centre, and the nurses and the personal support workers of St. Elizabeth Health Care. A service celebrating Lloyd’s life will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King Street East, Cobourg on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Lloyd’s name to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation, Canadian Wildlife Federation or Ducks Unlimited. Condolences received at www.MacCoubrey.com.