Lesly Charles Needoba passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on Thursday, January 16, 2003, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Dad will be lovingly remembered by Elsie, his wife of 62 years; three daughters Gerry (Elmer) Cucheron of Armstrong, Shirley (Garnet) States of Armstrong and Janet (Fred) McCullough of Sidney; one son Bill Needoba (Mary Cunningham) of Burnaby; eight grandchildren Todd (Lori) Cucheron, Kevin (Jill) Cucheron, Lorenna (Steve) Dubland, Jacqui (Wade) Schneider, Brent (Tracey) McCullough, Darren (Shelli) McCullough, Shannon (Jared) Wight and Michael McCullough; nine great grandchildren Justine, Rachel, Lauren, Noelle, Conner, Nathanael, Bergen, Kaylee and Austin; several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. He was predeceased by his brother Clay and sisters Alice and Lil. Born in Melville, Saskatchewan, on September 29, 1918, Lesly moved with his family to BC in 1919. The following year they moved to Portland, Oregon, where they lived for nine years before returning to BC. Les married Elsie Thomas on March 30, 1941, in Armstrong and together they farmed a large acreage on Grandview Flats where they raised their four children. In 1969 they moved to Armstrong and built their own home on Van Kleek Avenue. As well as farming, Les worked at Billy Smith’s sawmill, Pea Growers, Armstrong Lockers for 10 years and as a meat cutter at the Army Camp. He also worked at Buckerfields for 20 years until retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Rangers from 1940 — 1945, served on the Water Board of Grandview Flats and was a volunteer fireman in Armstrong for many years. Lesly loved the great outdoors, gardening, hunting, camping, curling, photography, trips, family gatherings and especially fishing! He was an avid stamp collector as well as a creative and gifted artist and craftsman. After retirement he became a member of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery where he devoted many hours researching the archives, compiling data for family research and organizing art events. His later years were devoted to the care of his wife, Elsie. He sought solace in his beautiful flower gardens which he meticulously tended and loved to share with others. He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and to all who knew him, a kind, generous man, always active and well respected in his community. A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate his life at the Zion United Church in Armstrong on Saturday, January 25, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. with refreshments following. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Les, donations may be made to the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery, the Hospice House in Vernon, the Alzheimer Society of BC or a charity of your choice. A very special Thank you to Dr. Sherwin and the Homecare Support Team for their time and compassion shown to us all during this difficult time. We’ll miss you Dad. We love you and will forever! Arrangements in the care of Mountain View Funeral Home, 546-8294.

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