Leslie Talbot Smith

Leslie Talbot Smith passed away July 11, 2014 at Kelowna General Hospital.

Leslie was born in Nakusp, B.C. on September 30, 1934. He spent his youth in Edgewood, attending school in Inonoaklin Valley, Edgewood, Fauquier and Needles. He tried various jobs in mechanics and millwork in Nelson and the Cariboo but they did not appeal to him so he went north in 1958 and found work at Cassiar and on the Alaska Highway. While there, he found his preferred work as a Heavy Equipment Operator. In 1964 he returned to work in the Kootenays as a crane operator on the Duncan and Kennylside Dam construction. He worked on the construction of the Skookumchuk pulp mill, Kaisar Coal Mine, Fording River Coal Mine, Kootenay Canal Power Plant., and building of the power line from Mica Creek to Merritt. In 1976 he moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta and worked on various construction sites there until his retirement in 1999. After retirement, Les & his wife Jane moved to Fauquier to be caregivers for Jane’s parents, Fred & Ida Shiell.

Leslie was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, first with Local 115 (B.C.) and then with Local 955 ( Alberta). He received a Life Membership from Local 955 in 2009 when he received recognition for 50 Years of Membership. He served as Shop Steward for many years.

Family was a very important part of Les’ life and he enjoyed helping with Boy Scouts and was always interested in attending school events with his children.

Les was a member of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #203, Edgewood for 37Years and served on the Executive for several years.

Leslie is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years, Jane (Shiell), son Adrian, and daughter Jeanette (Bruce) Johnson, granddaughter Amanda and grandson Christopher, sister Shirley Barber of North Vancouver and brother Monte from Unionville, Ontario, brother-in-law Jim Shiell, two nieces and four nephews. He was predeceased by his father Harold in 1973, mother Queenie in 1976 and brother Richard in 2012.

Cremation was entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home. Interment will be arranged by family at a later date. A Celebration of Leslie’s life will he held at the Edgewood Legion Hall on August 16 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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