Leslie James Walkeden passed away peacefully at the Glenmore Lodge, Kelowna, BC at the age of 94. Born in Tribune SK, he was predeceased by our Mom Joan (2009), grandson Travis Gerlitz (2016) and son-in-law Dave Dargie (1985).
Dad is survived by his loving children Bonnie (Doug), Patty (Jim), Linda (Ron), Barbara (Ross), Leslie (Patti), Paula (Joe), Jackie (Claude), and Richard (Lorie), 13 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild, Sister Evelyn Sim and many nieces and nephews. Dad grew up in Saskatchewan; met and married the love of his life, Joanie, in Ontario and they made homes in Calgary, Canmore, and Cochrane before settling in down in Kelowna, BC.
Dad was larger than life and he lit up a room. He captivated his family and friends with stories of his travels, time in the bush, life on the prairies, and delighted us with many good old belly laughs. He brought joy with his smile and fear with the rattle of a newspaper. Dad’s legacy - without question – was being a taste tester during the creation of the Bloody Caesar at the infamous bar in Calgary. A story we grew to dread but wish we could hear one more time.
His entrepreneurial spirit carried him through his amazing career in the construction industry, (Colray, Ambassador, Equal Door to name a few) as well as his personal life. A lover of wine, every home had a ‘wine making room’ and the fine aroma of ‘you brew’. He won awards, operated a small wine supply business, and even taught a wine making course at Mount Royal College. He loved to travel; Dad visited Columbia with Les and Patti and together, Mom and Dad adventured through Europe, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. They spent many winters in Florida and summers in the Shuswap.
Dad was a handy man extraordinaire and there was nothing he couldn’t fix or make. He was a numbers guy with a background in accounting. Only one staple per page. He did well in the stock market and taught us the importance of dividend stocks before they were important. He loved to dance the night fantastic in his 90’s. His shorts were all season, the Stampeder’s were his team. He loved to curl, was an avid reader, golfer, and serious card player. He loved food and cooking, baked a mean ciabatta and a perfect apple pie. He could grow corn in clay and his tomatoes caused fierce family competitions. A self-professed ‘proof-reader’, media typos were a thorn in his side. He was proud of his association with the Nineteenth Medium Regimental Pipe Band.
Dad was loved by all, is back in Mom’s arms and we will miss him dearly.
There will be no funeral service at this time due to COVID-19. Special thanks and much love to sista’s Linda and Patty for being angel caregivers to Dad during the last few years. Thank you also to the staff at the Glenmore Lodge and the Dorchester for the care provided to our Dad.
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