FRANCIS, Albert Leslie
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Les died peacefully at the Burnaby Hospital on February 25, 2014 in his 100th year. Left to remember this special man are his daughter Janet Levang, son Dave (Debbie) Francis, grandchildren Susan (Emile), Todd, Michelle, Bryan, brother Jack (Joan), step-daughters Judy Kenzie (Russ), Marilynne Elliott (Frank), step-grandchildren Debbie (John), Aaron (PJ), Stephanie, Sam (Ruby), Tanya (Jason), step-great-grandchildren Olivia, Cooper, Thomas, Raechelle, step-nieces Jennifer, Vicki, Valerie and step-nephew Phil. Les was predeceased by his first wife, Gladys, his second wife, Agnes and his son-in-law, Dave. Les was born in London, England and moved to Canada with his parents at the age of four. He spent his entire life in Burnaby, leaving school at age 16 to work for the municipality as an office boy and retiring as Burnaby Works Superintendent in 1979. He served in the RCAF during World War II and spent one year in Zambia, improving their water system. After retirement, Les continued an active life volunteering at Science World (9000 hours!), Friends of Interurban 1223 (Burnaby Historical Society), Burnaby Beautification and Burnaby Wildlife Committees, Summer Games, and Police and Fireman Games. He enjoyed collecting postage stamps, travelling (especially cruises), plugging the slots at casinos, playing cards, working in the garden, watching the BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks and being with his family and friends. Les was a member of the Burnaby Gyro Club for 65 years and an honourary member of the BC Water and Waste Association, serving as historian, organizer, presenter and was the recipient of many BCWWA awards.
Throughout his life, Les always stepped forward when needed and was the one who could be counted upon to get the job done! His children and grandchildren have been blessed by his dedicated work ethic and special love. He faced life with acceptance and had a smile for everyone! Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm at First Memorial, Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Rd., North Vancouver, BC. Donations may be made in memory of Les to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, himself a contributor for over 25 years.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2014