Our dear son Les passed away accidently on April 8, 2022 at the age of 44.
Les was born on September 14, 1977 to Dallas and Larry. At about age four Red came into his life and had a huge role in Les’s upbringing. At age 14 they purchased a 1958 Chevy truck and together they rebuilt it. He and Red were proud of the results and Les always took very good care of it.
After high school he made a few trips out to Alberta to work. He went to Rainbow Lake with Kenny and Cory Wilson and worked there for a while residing with Jason Otto, then to Grand Prairie and worked with Kevin Roberts and they shared an apartment with Bill Dobchuk. After that he moved to Edmonton where he worked with the same company as Jason Wilson and lived with Jason and Marlin. He came back to Gladstone as he always said this was his home. He worked at a snowmobile shop in Portage la Prairie for a while and resided with his friend Wes and his family. Lester resided with Travis then Lorne after returning to Gladstone for the final time. In 2004 he married Monica, and later they parted ways.
In 1999 he began working for the Neepawa-Gladstone Co-op where he was currently employed. In 2017 he was promoted to the manager’s position at the Bear Creek site. He has a good working relationship with everyone there and with the customers as well. Lester loved his job and he was always willing to go the extra mile for his customers. He would always go get that extra tank of anhydrous, go get some chemical on a Sunday, or load fertilizer after hours. His employees and customers had tremendous respect and admiration for his leadership skills and his work ethic.
Lester always had an open-door policy where he lived. His friends and family were always welcome where he was living. Whether it was sharing time in peoples lives, going to wing night or just having a beer to discuss local happenings, Lester was always spending quality time with his friends and family. He always enjoyed visiting and spending time with his cousins at both the lake and in town.
Les’s passion was drag racing. In the beginning it was just for fun, but later he became more competitive and was a member of the NHRA. He also loved watching drag racing and Nascar on television and in person. He had attended a few Nascar races, some with his family, Monica, and friends.
Les enjoyed golfing and cooking with the smoker. He liked to experiment with it and was always trying different recipes and often he would share with us, and it was always SO GOOD.
Les had life-long school friends, many racing buddies, work friends, and many others.
Les was predeceased by his Dad, Auntie Kathy, Cousin Tracey and Grandparents. He will always be in our hearts and lovingly remembered by his Mom and Red, his Loved Ones, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and many Friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday May 7, 2022 at 2pm at the Craig Ferguson Farm . Road 72W, 2.5 miles South off of the 16 HWY to yard 80083.
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Children's Wish Foundation of Canada-Manitoba Chapter
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