Leroy (Lee) Alton Bjorgum

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.

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Hope Lutheran Church - Edmonton

5104 106 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 1G2

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Mary Manley

Mr. Bjorgum taught me at Grandview Heights Elementary in about 1970. He was the principal at the time. He was the only teacher/mentor that I ever had throughout my schooling that identified a hidden secret that I had that only a person with a subtle compassion could identify. He cared deeply about his students and his craft. A wonderful man.

Bob and Karen Buckle

It was such a pleasure to have met Lee. He was constantly learning and interested in so many things.
We’re very sad to learn this lovely gentleman is no longer with us.
Our condolences to the family.

Patty Belton

A truly amazing man who will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many.
Sincere condolences to Mrs. Bjorgum and the entire family.

Scott Kolstad

I will miss the monthly talks that Lee and I had on the way to and from our Torsk meetings. Lee was such a positive person that made me laugh as he told me many stories about his love for Marian and how proud he was of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I will miss my friend dearly.
I am truly sorry for the loss of your Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-grandfather.

Scott Kolstad

Terry Dubetz

I remember years ago when I was in Drama class with Jon at Bonnie Doon High and Mr. Bjorgum came to our class for a visit and to share insights on teaching Drama. Mr. Bjorgum was personable and easy to talk to. I still remember him years later. Rest in peace Sir!

Solglyt Lodge 4-143

Sons of Norway, Solglyt Lodge 4-143, would like to extend sympathies to the family on behalf of its members. Those of us who had the pleasure of meeting Lee, came away with a sense that he was a genuine, sincere and kind individual with gracious ways and support and for, what we believe, was his favourite Sons of Norway lodge.

Kaare Askildt

Our deepest condolences. What stands out in my memory about Lee was how much I enjoyed his company on a number of sailing trips at the west coast, where he dazzled us with his culinary skills. Rest in peace my friend.

Barry Walker

So sorry to hear of Lee’s passing. He was always o gentleman in all our business dealings. He will be missed.

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