Bender LeonardBENDER, Leonard 'Brian'  -  Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, who adored him, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, ON.

Devoted husband to Vivian Bender (Peachey), to whom he was married for 2 days short of 49 years.

Lovingly remembered by his children Amy and husband Allan Harder and Rachel Bender. Adoring grandfather to Kira Bender, Selah Harder and Joel Harder.

Brian loved and was loved by his siblings; Sanford (Joy) Bender, John (Martha) Bender, Willard Bender, Mark (Christa) Bender and Kaye (Murray) Meadows; and by the entire Bender and Peachey families.

Brian was born July 27, 1947 in East Zorra Township, a son of the late Lloyd and Leona Bender who instilled in him a strong faith and a love of farming. As a young man, Brian accepted a Voluntary Service assignment in London, ON, where he met and married his sweetheart, 'Vivi-anne'. He worked for 10 years as a caregiver to children with disabilities before moving back to the home farm.

In addition to farming, Brian worked at B&B Concrete, Kitchener and B-W Feed & Seed, New Hamburg, ON. Wherever he worked, he made lasting friendships.

Brian enjoyed giving back to his community. He served at Cassel Mennonite Church in numerous ways throughout his life and was part of the committee that founded Aldaview Home in New Hamburg. In his retirement, he enjoyed volunteering at the New Hamburg Thrift Centre.

Brian will be lovingly remembered for his sense of humor, his kindness and his great love for people, particularly for his family and church community.

Friends and relatives are invited to a memorial visitation at Cassel Mennonite Church, Tavistock on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 1 – 4 & 6 – 8.  The celebration of life service will take place at Cassel Mennonite Church on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m, led by Pastor Wanda Roth-Amstutz.  Interment in the adjoining cemetery following the service. 

As expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to Cassel Mennonite Church or the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).