Lyle Darnell LeBere, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Lyle was a resident of Colorado Springs for 36 years.
Lyle owned and managed The Paint Spot, a local independent paint and sundries business for contractors and retail customers, from 1996 to 2014.
Lyle was born on January 12, 1940 to Fred and Lila (Perry) LeBere in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Canada. He was a phenomenal and renowned hockey player in his youth in Canada, and was preparing to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks training camp when an industrial accident led to the amputation of his right arm at age 17. He continued playing in West Coast hockey leagues as a premier goalie for several years. He was quoted as saying, “My team’s motto is, ‘We always play short-handed.’”
He is survived by his loving wife, Karen; his children: Lyle Jr., Marc, and Kent; his brothers: Dan (Valerie), Wayne (Connie), Del (Barbara), Lorne (Helen); and his grandchildren: Colin and Peyton. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Mooch.
Lyle was known for his humor, his generosity, his loyalty to his friends and family, and his love of sports and athletics, particularly hockey. His absence leaves a hole in the hearts of many.
Following Lyle’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial services.