Leslie John Payne passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2009, at the age of 82 years. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara Anne on May 24, 2005. He will be greatly missed by his sons Glenn (Debbie) and Brennan and his daughter Claire (Yves) and granddaughter Amelie and his step children, Dara, Sharla and Scott. Les was born in the UK and served in the Royal Navy (Fleet Air Arm) and following his transfer to the Royal Air Force, he served in Egypt, Cypress and Singapore. Following his release in Singapore, he came directly to Canada in December 1947. He joined Northern Electric Co. (now Nortel Network) in Montreal and retired as Vice President – Personnel with Nortel subsidiary NEDCO. He then joined BXL Plastics Distribution in Toronto as President until he retired in 1991, moving with his wife, Barbara, to Coldstream, BC where they both enjoyed bowling and tai-chi.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. A tea will follow in the tea room. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the ALS Society of BC, 119 – 1600 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R3.
Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.