William Leslie (Les) Dyble passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital at the age of 66 years. He was born on Jan. 26, 1946 in Chilliwack, BC.
Les is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Laurelli, daughter Stefanne Sutherland (Kevin), son Russ (Eden), grandson Connor, granddaughter Sydney, sisters Marie Ward (Eugene), June Hendrickson (Ron) and Doreen Currie (Gordon), and numerous other extended family.
He was predeceased by his father, William Dyble, mother Kathleen Dyble (nee Knight) and sister Louise Cochrane.
Les felt totally blessed to have two amazing grandchildren and spent as much time as possible with them both. He was a regular spectator at all of Connor’s hockey games and Sydney would be the first to state that no one has a more comfortable lap than her Grandpa. Connor was often Grandpa’s sidekick and helped him do chores at the barn and tend to the animals while Sydney would ride on Grandpa’s lap on the tractor. He was as devoted to his grandchildren as he was to Russ and Stefanne. Les was extremely proud of his kids and their accomplishments.
Les has been a long time resident of the Chilliwack/Sardis area and is a descendant of two pioneer families: The Halls and The Knights. He is well known in the agricultural environment as he has continually served as a “bovine technician” (farmer) in the Green Heart of the Fraser Valley.
Most recently, Les and his son, Russ, have worked side by side in the cattle industry involving cattle brokerage and transportation and meat sales. Dyble Livestock and Dyble Meat Sales are household names within our community.
Les and Laurelli had the opportunity to travel together and experience different cultures in various parts of the world. When not on the high seas or flying abroad, they spent many years enjoying their RV as members of Holiday Trails and the campfires are too numerous to count! Not only did he make Laurelli happy with frequent shopping trips, he thoroughly enjoyed shopping himself. He was, indeed, a very unique man who loved life, loved people and loved animals. He was a gentle giant with an enormous heart! And, of course, he was an avid sports fan, hockey in particular, and has supported the Chilliwack Bruins and Chilliwack Chiefs over the years. Les was also a Volunteer Fireman with Hall #4 in Sardis for 25 years. Les has touched the hearts of many in the Fraser Valley and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 11:00 am at Carman United Church, 7258 Vedder Road, Chilliwack, BC. A viewing for family and friends will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 7-9 pm at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack, BC.
In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with the spirit of Les Dyble, donations may be made to the Chilliwack SPCA, 6797 Hopedale Road, Chilliwack, BC.
The Dyble family would like to express their enormous gratitude for the superb care Les received at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital Intensive Care Unit. The ICU doctors and staff were exceptional. Also, a special thanks to the surgeon, Dr. Lewis, who pulled Les through the initial very serious and complex surgery. The knowledge and quick actions of Dr. Mummery and staff at Chilliwack General Hospital Emergency Unit, as well as BC Ambulance Paramedics played a vital role in the timely diagnosis and transportation of Les to Abbotsford for treatment.