Leslie Robert was born November 9, 1934 in Stettler and grew up in Big Valley, Alberta, where his father ran the local garage. In 1954 he moved north to Whitehorse where he drove a truck delivering bread and even had the unique experience of delivering bread orders by canoe. Later, he worked for the Canadian Army surveying the Alaska Highway. In 1956 he moved to Grand Prairie where he became manager at the Park Hotel Restaurant and they hosted a banquet for the Honourable John Diefenbaker. While he was working at the restaurant he met a pretty young waitress, Ann Kapral, and in 1958 they were married. They had three daughters, Cindy (Scott) Meers, Dawn (Bernard) Kohrs, and Leslie Ann (Doug) Simpson.
Les was always an entrepreneur. He started his first business in Calgary in 1972 and was a small business owner until 2009. He continued calling on rural retail customers for the remainder of his life. He spent many summers with family at his cottage in Talana Bay, BC golfing, waterskiing, fishing and entertaining. Les loved to brag about his four grandchildren, Michael, Conrad, Hannah and Russell. In his later years, he met Joan Scott and shared many adventures with her and her family.
Les was predeceased by Ann in 2006; his parents, Robert and Mae Perkinson; his sisters, Alice (Dick) Schaefer, Marj (Tom) Hutchison and nephew Bob Kapral. He loved to get together with his nieces, nephews and their extended families.
We will remember Les with great love and admiration. May his memory be eternal.
In lieu of flowers donations to Alberta Cancer Foundation (Tom Baker Cancer Clinic) or the charity of your choice in his name.
**Please note that street parking has been made available in the "zoned areas" at Wild Rose United Church for the service.
Alberta Cancer Foundation (Tom Baker Cancer Clinic)
1331 29 St NW, Calgary AB T2N 4N2