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CHARLES DANIEL (DANNY) LEES (published on January 16, 2010)



CHARLES DANIEL (DANNY) LEES, MD August 15, 1920 - January 11, 2010 After an eventful 80 years of vigorous life and 10 years with Alzheimer's disease, Danny Lees died on Monday, January 11, 2010 peacefully at Riverview Health Centre. Danny is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Dorothy; his children Georgia Klass (Daniel), Virginia Lees (Ron Kibbins) and J. D. Lees (Ruth); nine grandchildren, Jennifer Jones (Becky Walter), Laura Jones (Adam McCauley), Kristen Jones, Benjamin, Jeremiah, Samuel, Rebecca Klass, Payton and Reagan Lees. Danny was born in Winnipeg. He was only 11 years old when his mother died and thereafter he was raised by her sisters ( the aunts ... Vera, Bunny and Teddy Baskerville) and his father (Tiny -6' 4 -Lees). At 19, he suspended his university education and worked in Mills Lake, Northwest Territories as a heavy equipment operator. He quickly became foreman of the project, building a runway for Canada's wartime air defence. At war's end, Danny restarted his education, graduating from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 1950. After a year of general practice in Oak River, Manitoba, he became a respected orthopedic surgeon and, later, Medical Director of the Manitoba Workers' (the Workman's) Compensation Board. At 56, he retired from the WCB and renewed his career as a heavy equipment operator, this time as a trucker. He was owner/operator of an 18 wheel semi-trailer and hauled gravel for Nelson River Construction. At 60, a serious accident cut short this career and he became a farmer and wood-cutter at Prawda, Manitoba. Danny was a man of many talents and interests; an avid outdoorsman, canoeist and hunter, as well as a skilled builder, plumber and electrician. No hired repairman ever crossed the Lees' threshold, as Danny could fix anything! Singlehanded, he built the Lees family cottage at Victoria Beach, where his father had been the original manager of the Victoria Beach Company. An adventurous motorcyclist, he and his best friend, Jack Graham, covered much of North America on their bikes . Danny was an enthusiastic cross-country skier, right up to his 80th year, and a lover of all dogs, especially Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds. He was a magnet for countless friends and admirers from all walks of life. He outlived them all. He was gruff on the outside (his older daughter's term of endearment for him was KC , the abbreviation for King Crab), but closer scrutiny revealed a man of great warmth, charm and loyalty. Most of all, he was the best dad anyone could ever hope to have. He devoted all of his free time to being with his kids, leading them on exciting and perilous adventures; canoeing to Elk Island, skiing, snowmobiling and exploring deep into the hinterland of the south east corner of Lake Winnipeg around Victoria Beach. Whatever scrapes he managed to get into, he always would find a way to save the day, and preserve his and his children's hides. He never was too old for something new. He always wore blue jeans, loved rock music and Clint Eastwood movies! He was more than a great dad; he was also a dear friend. In compliance with Dad's wishes, no formal Funeral Service will be held. Our family deeply appreciates the wonderful staff at both Parkview Place, 6th floor, and at Riverview Health Centre, CD2. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society, 10 - 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2 or the East Beaches Animal Shelter at Victoria Beach.


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