During the evening of June 14, 2021, Leslie George Squires passed away peacefully at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre in Alberta. He was 94 years old. Les was devoted to the love of his life, Isabel (Née: Cumming) and they shared a long and happy life together being married for 72 years. He was the father of Sandra (Keith, deceased), Leslie (Pat), Stuart (deceased), and Douglas (Constance) and the loved grandfather of Shauna, Patricia, Jonathon and Natalie and the great-grandfather of Jackson, Kieran and Scarlet. He will also be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews.
Les was the eldest son of Enos and Bella Squires and was born in Conistan, Ontario. He was thebrother of Robert (Marnie), Norman (Annie), and Stella Freedman (Albert), all predeceased him.
He was a fearless man, born with itchy feet and a short attention span which led him to travel and live in almost every province and territory of Canada. Les was also a jack of all trades and even a master of some. He was a hard rock miner, a pilot, a welder, an electrician, a TV repairman, a machinist, a heavy duty diesel mechanic, a long-distance trucker, a master of innumerable faithful dogs (which he spoiled shamelessly) and an entrepreneur of many businesses some very successful, some…not so much. A proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Les enlisted during World War II and served for nearly 20 years, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He was also a dedicated Free Mason and an active supporter of the charitable works of the Shriners.
Les, the eternal optimist, was an original and someone you didn’t soon forget. A man who was always willing to provide you with his sage-like advice, wanted or unwanted, but it always came from his heart. He loved to tell tall tales, some of which, just happened to be true. He was a dreamer and a man with a big heart who spent his life chasing his dreams. Les also never met a crazy scheme he didn’t like, such as attempting to start up a bus line in Africa. He loved his family and his faithful companion, his wife and his rock, Izzy. After living and travelling throughout Canada, including the Yukon Territory, where they first met and fell in love, Les and Isabel became enchanted by the natural beauty of the Crowsnest Pass, AB and its people, and decided to finally settle down and make it their home. Les had a life that was long, exciting and well-lived, he loved and was loved in return. At the end of his days, he would not have asked for anything more.
He will forever live in our hearts and our memories.
With respect for Les’ wishes, no funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Shriners Hospital for Children (www.shrinershospitalforchildren.org). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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