Leroy (Lee) Alton Bjorgum
1930 – 2020
We recognize the passing of a truly remarkable man. On Jan 23, 2020, the journey of Lee Bjorgum on this earth ended, but not his impact. Lee was born on Oct 16, 1930, the youngest child of homesteaders Martin and Tilda Bjorgum. He loved growing up on the farm with them and his five siblings in a vibrant Kingman community. He will be loved forever and fondly remembered by Marian, his sweet wife and best friend for more than 68 years. Together they cherished 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 19 great grands, and a large community of friends and admirers. He was the ultimate “family man”.
Lee began his teaching career in a one room country school for the Camrose School Division, spent one-year teaching at a Hutterite colony and taught grade 6 in a Consolidated Divisional school where all the children came by bus and when 46 students was not considered an unacceptable class size.
He spent another 23 years with Edmonton Public Schools honing his craft and progressively spreading his wisdom and leadership as a teacher, supervisor, counsellor, director, and principal. A champion of learning, he is fondly remembered by hundreds of teachers, co-administrators, and thousands of students.
Lee Bjorgum’s passion for faith, art, poetry, and tasty food affected everyone in his sphere. His enthusiasm was infectious. As a spirited entrepreneur he found satisfaction in investment properties and land development, particularly post retirement. He started and ran successful companies in building materials supply, oil field equipment, construction, IT data management, and resource development. He never quit. He was still taking on projects in post, post, post retirement.
Creativity, compassion, and generosity were signatures of his community contributions. Dreaming big led to his participation in countless community improvement projects in Canada, India, and Central and South America. He travelled and saw the world. He loved the art, architecture and food, but most of all, he loved the people.
Lee’s memorial will be held at Hope Lutheran Church (5104 106 Ave, Edmonton Alberta), at 3:30pm, on Feb 6, 2020, with a brief reception to follow. The family will lay him to rest at a graveside gathering at Kingman Cemetery sometime this summer.
Lee Bjorgum, always steadfast in his faith, is now at peace with his Lord.
Blessed be his memory.