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It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Leslie R. Peterson on April 14, 2015. Les' integrity and vision helped shaped BC into the province it is today. His story began in 1923 on a farm just outside Viking Alberta with his parents Margaret and Herman Peterson. Dedicated and passionate about education, Les worked part-time to fund schooling from Camrose Lutheran College then McGill University. He served in the Canadian Artillery from 1942-46 and furthered his education at the University of London and UBC. Les was called to the Bar in 1949. Then in 1950 he founded the law firm Peterson and Anderson and married the love of his life, Agnes Rose Hine. Their son and daughter; Raymond (Sherry) and Karen; along with their children; Erik (Tania), Severin, Krista (Jesse), Lars, Todd; and Les' sister Lorraine (Mal) and her children Shirley (Paul), Alan (Janice), Carol (Moe) will forever be heartened and inspired by Les. Les served BC for over 17 years as the Minister of Education (1956-68), Minister of Labour (1960-71) and Attorney General (1968-72). During this time he opened over 100 schools, created BCIT and SFU and administered judicial independence for the Provincial Court of BC. Les returned to Boughton & Co. in 1972 and from 1987-93 he served as the Chancellor of UBC where he tapped the heads of over 36,000 graduates and equalized opportunities for students of any financial means. Les also impacted many through leadership positions in charitable, religious, business, and political associations including the Freemasons and Shriners. This inspiring leadership coupled with his selfless and hard-working nature earned him the Order of Canada and BC, and honorary doctor of law degrees from SFU and UBC. Thanks to Lions Gate Hospital, North Shore Hospice, Dr Annette McCall, caregivers Cecilia, Lenie and Akrum, Reverend Don Johnson and our good friend Jim Webster for all their care, love and support. A private family ceremony will be held followed by a celebration of life to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Les' name.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2015.
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September 30, 2017
I worked with Les from 1972-1973 at Boughton Street, when he joined after stepping down as the A.G. I was the office clerk and he was always very kind, friendly, and polite. Connie Reynolds (Emmerson then)
Connie Reynolds
June 26, 2015
Auntie Agnes, please accept my heartfelt condolenses at the loss of Uncle Les. I very much enjoyed getting to know you both at our family reunions.
Cindy Reeves
April 29, 2015
Please accept my condolences. I only met Leslie a few times but I always came away with the feeling that I had met a true gentleman with a keen insight into the world. He will forever live in my memory
Ian MacDonald
April 28, 2015
My sincere condolences. I knew Mr. Peterson from his political career, but later when he was chancellor of UBC, where I worked. Even later, I knew him as a member of the 78th Fraser's Highlanders. He was a fine, fine gentleman, and is much missed.
John Donald Redmond
April 28, 2015
Dear Agnes... I am so sorry for your loss of Les, the greatest guy I had ever known. He will never be forgotten.
April 19, 2015
We were so sorry to hear of Uncle Les' passing. Our love goes out to all of you...
Walt & Cathy Charlton
April 18, 2015
Les was an immense influence in public and private life and a wonderful Freemason. We will all miss him
Philip Durell
April 18, 2015
Dear Agnes, please accept my condolences. What a legacy! During his political career Les truly did shape British Columbia in so many ways and how thankful we are. My late husband, Gerry Morris (Vancouver Board of Trade and later Motor Carrier Commission) valued his friendship. He will be missed.
Janet Morris
April 18, 2015
It was with great sadness that we learned of Les' passing. He was a kindhearted man who touched so many lives. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Dawn and Dennis Goldwood
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