Les Ross Widdifield

  • "To Twyla and family: May your hearts and thoughts be..."
    - Emily Farnham
  • "Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom & Dee Dee..."
  • "Colleen/ Dave, Leslie/ Dan and families My thoughts,..."
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  • "I had the great pleasure of watching Doc Widdifield play..."
    - Les Malcovitch
  • "I had the great pleasure of watching Doc Widdifield play..."
    - Les Malcovitch

Les Ross DocWiddifield August 21, 1925 August 29, 2011 It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Les Ross Widdifield, who was affectionately known to many as Doc. Les was born to Dr. Bertram and Hilda Widdifield (Isaccson) on August 21, 1925 in Watson, SK. Although Bert was the area veterinarian it was Dad who got the nickname Doc because of the may times he accompanied his dad. He was known to friends and family alike as Doc or The Doctor! Sport played a major role in Dad's life, as a participant, coach, spectator and hockey scout. He and best friends Mac McNab were widely known as great hockey players and ball players. They often reminisced about the good old days. Dad was proud to coach the Watson Rockets, his former team, we we lived in neighbouring Englefeld. At the tender age of 17 he used a different date of birth in order to enlist in the navy to serve his country of which he was so proud. He received the Atlantic Star for his service. Dad was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Dad joined the CN Railway in 1945, which became his profession. While stationed in Kamsak, SK he met and married a beautiful widow, Twyla Magee, whose young daughter Colleen made him an instant and much loved Dad. Moves with the CNR took them to Hudson Bay (SK), Greenway (MB), where daughter Leslie was born, Englefeld (SK), Dauphin (MB) and retiring as Manager of Carload and Express in Regina. Dad's knowledge, business skills and mathematical skills were well served as SecretaryTreasurer of the railway Union. No matter what he did, you could be assured it was done meticulously and with speed and attention to detail. The day of Dad's retirement party a call from Max McNab started Dad on an incredible career as a scout with the NHL New Jersey Devils; a position he proudly held until his passing. One of Dad's treasured gifts was to bequeath a Division Final ring to granddaughter Blaire and his 3 Stanley Cup rings to grandsons Geoff, Gregg and Taylor. Our grateful thanks and appreciation to this outstanding organization, and in particular to CEO/President/GM Lou Lamoriello, for the extraordinary kindness, compassion and care extended to the entire family as a valued member of the Devil's team. Dad was predeceased by brother Howard and sister Isabelle (Douglas). Left to cherish Dad's memory is devoted wife Twyla, daughters Colleen (Dave) Scott, Leslie (Dan Konkin) Widdifield-Konkin and grandchildren and great grandchildren, Geoff (Stephanie) Scott; Brandon, Caden, Ty, Suri; Gregg (Tracy) Scott; Maxwell, Samuel, Jack; Taylor Konkin; and Blair Konkin. Our heatfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff of Prairie Spring Care Home and to Stensrud Lodge for their excellent care, compassion and love extended to all of us. Special mention is extended to Hope and Niels Tonder for their faithful and enduring friendship. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Earl McRAe for his companionship with Dad over numerous hockey seasons. Funeral Services will take place at Saskatoon Funeral Home (4th Ave. & 25th St.) on Friday September 2nd at 1:30 pm followed by a reception at the Edwards Family Centre. Condolences may be sent to [email protected] In lieu of flowers donation made to Kidsport, the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, or any charity of choice would be appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to SASKATOON FUNERAL HOME 244-5577
Published in The Leader-Post from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2011
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