Lethbridge said his belief in spirituality was also the strongest when he was in the great outdoors and close to nature.
“I always thought there was some devine power greater than us… I travelled the country fur trapping when I was 13 years old. I spent many long nights 150, 200 miles in the country by myself with my two dogs. And when you are that close to nature, you start wondering about things. And that carried me all the way through life and gave me a lot of support through the years.”
Lethbridge went on to work for the provincial government in Cartwright and for the federal government in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. He retired in 1995.
He and his wife Evelyn, who live in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, have three children.
Lethbridge speaks fondly of his mother – a woman he describes as a very religious woman. A woman, he says, who died too soon.
“I can’t even remember sitting on her lap. The disease that took her life was tuberculosis which was rampant at that time.”
Lethbridge lived his life believing that heaven awaits after death. He looks forward to his reunion with his mother.
“I want to see her. I want to get to know her. So I’m going to try to live my life as best I can and do as much as I can to help other people along the way.”
An accomplished author, Lethbridge has had his own share of sickness. A two-time cancer survivor, he earned a degree in theology after five years of study through correspondence courses.
He was ordained as a deacon in 2003 and has been active in his church in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for many years.
“I’ve had an interesting life, a very busy one. I can’t say that I ever remember being bored. All my waking hours I always had something to do. I guess I was blessed with a little more energy that most and there’s no harm in that if you use your energy the right way.”
Lethbridge said the ordination as an Anglican priest is something he’s always wanted but felt was out of his grasp.
“That was one of my goals in life that I aimed for but I never thought I’d ever complete.”