It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Les on Monday, December 13, 2010 at the age of 71.
Les will be forever missed by his wife Barb, daughter Sandy (Brian), son Brian (Michelle), their mother Patti and stepson Glen. He will be also be greatly missed by his grandchildren Alex, Andrea, Sam, Adam, Tanis (Jeremy), Chantel and Meghan as well as great-grandchildren Kyleigh, Noah, Domenique, Jayce, Paige and Raistlin. Les is predeceased by his sister Mary, stepdaughter Shannon and granddaughter Breanna.
Les was born December 2, 1939 in Sexsmith, AB. He moved to BC in his early years with his parents Murdock and Lillian and sisters Jo, Mary and B where they made Burnaby their home. He graduated from Burnaby South Secondary school and began working at Scott Paper until 1965 when he became a full time member of the New Westminster Fire Department. Les had a long and successful career as a firefighter and retired as an Assistant Chief after 31 years.
Les had a long and illustrious lacrosse career. He joined the Junior Salmonbellies in 1958 and was pulled into the Senior ranks in 1959. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1989. Les took up curling after his lacrosse career ended and was an active member of the BC Provincial Firefighter Curling Association. Les also enjoyed skiing. He was a volunteer in both 1988 Olympics in Calgary and the 2010 Olympics in Whistler working with the Weasel Worker downhill crew. Golf was another love of Les’s. He often mixed his love of golf with his love for travel and has golfed during his many vacations throughout the world including participating in the Fire and Police Games in Australia as well as locally here in Burnaby.
A Celebration of Les’s life will be held at the Roma Hall, 940 Ewen Ave in New Westminster on Monday, December 20, 2010 @ 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, if you so desired, donations could be made to either the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund – #463 – 4800 Kingsway Burnaby, BC, V5H 4J2 or your local Minor Lacrosse Association.