LESLIE ANDREWS SANDERSON 82, died peacefully Friday, May 27, 2011 at the Belleville General Hospital, surrounded by his family following a four year valiant struggle with cancer. Les leaves his wife of 57 years, Marjorie (Lewis) Sanderson; his son Brian and wife Nicole of Oshawa, Ontario, their children, Leanne Sanderson and Shane Carmanico; his daughter, Heather Sanderson and her husband, Len Polsky of Calgary, Alberta, as well as their children, Daniel, Katherine and Karen Polsky. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Norrie of Ayer's Cliff, Quebec and his brother, Eugene (Sandy) Sanderson of Phoenix, Arizona. Les was born March 27, 1927 in Barnston, Quebec, the oldest son of Hugh Stanley Sanderson and Althea Elizabeth Sanderson. In 1948, after graduating from high school in Coaticook, Quebec, he joined the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Ayer's Cliff, which then merged with the Imperial Bank of Canada to form the current CIBC. Les rose through the ranks with the Bank in Quebec and, in succession was transferred to various branches in the Eastern Townships, then on to various branches in the Val d'Or area, Montreal, St. Jean, then, as manager to Thetford Mines, Huntingdon, back to St. Jean, then into Montreal where he was the manager at St. James and McGill as well as 265 Rue St. Jacques. Les retired from the Bank in 1989 after 41 years of service. Les was highly regarded and well known in the banking industry in Quebec and, in particular, in Montreal, for his expertise, decisiveness and fairness. He joined and supported each of the communities in which he lived throughout his career, through Rotary, Kiwanis and the Masons. He was particularly active in Huntingdon where, in addition to the service organizations of which he was a member, he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Huntingdon County Hospital for several years. On his retirement from the Bank, he and Marj moved from Montreal to Belleville, Ontario where they lived since. In retirement, until cancer stole his stamina, Les finally had time for his passions: gardening and landscaping, photography, computers and woodworking. He was never still. Above all, Les was an inspiration to his children, co-workers and staff for quiet perseverance and dedication to being the very best he could be at whatever task was before him. He will be sorely missed. At Les' request, there will be no funeral. His family is planning a ceremony for close friends and family to inter his ashes at the Belleville Cemetery in July of this year which will be followed by a reception at home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Les' memory be made to Prostate Cancer Canada at https://prostatecancercanada.donorportal.ca/ Online condolences www.burkefuneral.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star on May 31, 2011