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LESLIE ROBERTSON (published on April 14, 2010)



LESLIE ROBERTSON May 25, 1921 April 11, 2010 Leslie Robertson took his last breath peacefully on Sunday, April 11, 2010 and joined his people including his birth mother and sister, who both passed on when Les was just a child himself, and his youngest daughter Louise who passed on while working as a nurse in Saudi Arabia in 1990. Les was born on the 25th of May 1921. Les joined the Canadian army and served during the Second World War in the engineers' artillery and finally as a decorated sergeant in the infantry with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. Being wounded with shrapnel in the wall of his heart he was returned home to Canada. After the war Les became an Immigration Officer. His warmth, professionalism, fairness and compassion in his dealings with immigrants were evident to all who knew him. Les remained a member of the St. James Legion and enjoyed his many visits with them reminiscing. Les and May raised their family in St. James with stops in Morden, MB and London, England. Les was involved with Sturgeon Creek United Church and Sturgeon Creek Community Club. He loved gardening and could be seen leaning on his pitchfork chatting with neighbours over the fence on the year's crop. He loved hockey and had the opportunity to act as coach for Jack. He later was Niki's biggest cheerleader in ringette. Following retirement Les remained very active, walking every day, curling, traveling the world and dancing with his wife, lover and friend of 70 years. May and Les married when they were only 18 years of age and their love story is an inspiration to all who knew them. A big part of Les' life, was his love of Grand Beach. All of his children and grandchildren have many happy memories of time spent at the cottage with family and friends. His love of Grand Beach has been passed on to his children and grandchildren. Les is survived by his wife May, daughter Sheila Austman, sons Nelson Robertson and Jack Robertson (Brenda); grandchildren Sharron Lawrence, Chris Lawrence (Martha), Bonnie Nisbet (Matt), David Robertson, Niki Robertson; great-grandchildren Elijah and Sophie Nisbet. May will miss her life partner and we will greatly miss our dad, granddad and great- granddad. Les was an inspiration and great role model to the whole family and to all who knew him. We will miss his sense of humour, even in his last days, he never complained. The family would like to thank all the nurses and aides on the 3rd floor of Oakview Nursing home, for their kindness, respect and care that you have given him. Flowers are gratefully declined, memorial donations in Les' memory may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3 or the Canadian Cancer Society Manitoba Division, 193 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7. Funeral service will be held at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive on Thursday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m. Chapel Lawn 885-9715


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