LESLEY, Stanley (Stan) McClellan
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January 2, 1923 - March 5, 2013
It has been a year since Dad died peacefully in his sleep in his 91st year in Courtenay, British Columbia, and we miss him every day.
Dad was predeceased by his devoted and loving wife of 60 years, June; his parents, Frank and Margaret (Gillespie) Lesley of Victoria , and his younger brother, Douglas of Vancouver. He is survived by his sons, David (Marie-Andree Lajoie), Gordon, Stephen and Peter (Bonnie), as well as his grandson, Simon Lajoie-Lesley.
Stan was born in Edmonton, Alberta and also lived in Calgary and then Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where his Father was Chief of Police. Dad often remarked that "you could do little wrong when your Father is Chief of Police", not that his sons ever thought he would have wanted to.
Dad served four years during World War II with the RCAF in the Radar group, serving in Canada, Iceland, England and North Africa, although he spoke very little of his time in the Service. Upon his return, he obtained his BSc from the University of Alberta and then his MA and Doctorate from the University of Toronto. During his time at the Uof T, he married June Elaine Dickinson on July 29, 1950 in Victoria, BC.
Stan, June (and now David) moved to Ottawa where, over time, Gordon, Stephen and Peter were born. Dad spent the rest of his career working as a exceptionally dedicated plant research scientist with Agriculture Canada's Chemistry and Biology Research Institute with many publications in his name (S M Lesley), or co-authored with fellow scientists. One milestone in his career was his year-long research sabbatical in 1972 with the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association in Honolulu. When not deep into research for AgCan, Dad took great pleasure in first planting approximately 30,000 red pine trees with David, and later making maple syrup with sons Gordon, Stephen and Peter, all on family land near Ladysmith, Quebec.
Upon his retirement in 1985, Dad and Mother moved to their beloved waterfront home in Royston, BC where they enjoyed many years of gardening turning a 3/4 acre bush lot into a truly remarkable garden filled with rhododendrons, a fig tree and many other plants and trees. They also loved travelling, exploring all of Vancouver Island and BC, and Southern California in the winter. They also took long trips to Greece and Australia. Dad greatly enjoyed many salmon fishing trips primarily with Peter, but also with his neighbours in the waters off of Vancouver Island, as well as eating, with June, the oysters he collected in front of their property in Royston.
Deeply felt appreciation goes out to Dr. Tancon who attended to Dad in his last years and on what became his last day. Many thanks are also extended to Drs Schovanek, Monk, Tinmouth, Chow, and Jackson for all their care over the years.
Heartfelt appreciation is expressed to Karen Dickie, Flor and all the staff at Comox Valley Seniors' Village where Dad spent the last couple of years charming the staff with his red hair and blue eyes. Additional thanks are expressed to Tom and Colleen for all their wonderful visits and care, and also to Crispin Morris and Agnes Knowles.
The tide comes in and the tide goes out and Dad is now fishing for salmon while Mother waits to help cook and enjoy the meal.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Canadian Kidney Foundation, or the St. Joseph's Hospital Mental Health Crisis Unit in Comox BC.
Links and addresses are available on the Dignity Memorial website.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 5, 2014