Leonard W. Clements (Len) passed away peacefully Saturday, July 2, 2016 with his family by his bedside at Hope Hospice. His death was the result of a cerebral aneurysm which occurred Sunday, June 26.

Len was born in England (Gillingham, Kent) on October 11, 1931 to Edward Albert (Sonny) and Lydia Clements. After his schooling he joined the Merchant Navy which fueled his search for adventure and his desire to leave the grey skies of England.

His ever-present curiosity about how things work led to studying electronics and working in telecommunications in Libya, Gibraltar and Exuma Island in the Bahamas before coming to the islands with his family in 1973. He worked in maintenance during Mariner’s original development of South Seas Plantation and then began his real estate career there in timeshare sales in 1977.

In 1980 he was appointed sales manager at the resort. In 1986 he established and managed the timeshare resale programs at six Sanibel Mariner resorts. Ten years later he became broker and sales director for 13 timeshare resorts on Marco and Sanibel Islands. In 2003 he was appointed real estate broker for South Seas Sanibel and Captiva Properties.

Len loved the islands and being outdoors swimming, boating, fishing, tending his fruit trees, or just walking the beach looking for turtle tracks or enjoying sunsets. Nothing made him happier than just sitting by the pool with a cold drink talking about the beauty of life and nature and watching the birds, marsh rabbits, and the occasional bobcat that would stroll through the back yard. 

He was truly creative in many aspects including video editing and woodworking. Family and friends will always have those special treasures he left behind.

He never gave up on learning to be a better guitar player, but he did finally give up on golf. Because of his varied work background, he was a true handy man, fixing everything from leaky pipes to computers.

Len is survived by his wife Gwenda Hiett-Clements, Sanibel; his daughter Tania Clements, Fort Myers; his son Nick Clements (wife Becky and her daughter Catherine), Fort Myers; Nick and Tania’s mother Molly Clements, Sanibel; his brother Cyril Clements, England; grandchildren Hayley and Ian Clements and several nieces and nephews.

Len was an active, fun-loving, witty and wise husband, father and friend who never grew old. At 85 he was much too young to leave his island paradise.

In honoring Len’s wishes there will be no memorial service. The family plans a celebration of his life in the fall. Those who wish to honor Len may make a donation in his memory to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (P.O. Box 839, Sanibel, FL 33957).