LESLIE WINSTON YOUNG
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Les Young. Les was born on June 28th 1942 in Eston, Saskatchewan to Cassie Gould and Leslie Young. Soon after his birth he moved to Edwin, Manitoba where he was raised by his grandma Gould and extended family until his father remarried Irene Hargrest.
Like many Canadians, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17. He served on the HMCS Stettler and Assiniboine, to name a few, where he travelled throughout the Pacific and East Asia for three and a half years.
It was on a shore stay in Victoria that he met his wife, Anna Maj at a ships company ball. Anna Maj was working in Victoria as a nurse’s aid at the time. Life for both Les and Anna Maj would forever be changed after that dance and within a year the two were married in 1964.
Les and Anna Maj lived for 3 years in Victoria and then moved to Alberta, where they lived several years in both Calgary and Edmonton as Les worked in sales for a plumbing company.
It was in Alberta where they began their family and had 2 daughters Jody and Kim.
Looking for a change of occupation and better weather they moved to Vernon where Les held several jobs from Janitor to Jail guard. Eventually Les moved his family to Armstrong where they purchased a small acreage in Spallumcheen. Being a man of many talents and not afraid of either change or risk, he began a trucking company that hauled chickens from local farms to the processing plant. He built his company to be a successful business and sold it after several years.
He spent much of his time serving in both the Royal Canadian Legion and the local Spallumcheen Council. He served as President of the Armstrong Royal Canadian Legion and received the Legionnaire of the Year Award. He also sat on the Spallumcheen Council serving as a councillor for several years. Les volunteered many hours of his time supporting his 2 daughters as they grew up. He became a 4-H Swine Club Leader and spent time at the IPE with the Armstrong 4-H Swine Club. Les also earned his 75 unit pin award for blood donation. He was a proud and often colorful supporter of his daughters’ sports teams, coaching many of their teams and driving them to many games.
Fuelled by his travels in the navy, Les had a passion for travel and did so travelling with his wife and family to many destinations such as Indonesia, Hawaii and the Cook Islands. When he wasn’t able to travel to far off places he would go on local Sunday drives both in the mountains and on the back roads.
As an early retiree with time on his hands he gave back to the community by volunteering to drive the transport bus for Pleasant Valley Manor and organizing the Legendary Legion Meat Raffle. Les lived life to the fullest and with an ‘earlier’ retirement spent his days tinkering in his shop, hunting, fishing and enjoying his grandchildren.
Les is survived by his brother Garnet Young from Priddis Alberta and his sister, Marion Moffat from Vernon. He is also survived by his aunt Mary who just celebrated her 100th birthday. Mary played an influential part in his life and later on in his daughters’ lives.
Les is also survived by his wife, Anna Maj, his daughters Jody and Kim and his son in law Hiapo and his grandchildren, Kalani, Kea and Koa. He loved his grandchildren dearly and spent his days towing them around behind the tractor and dancing ballet with his granddaughter.
Les touched the lives of many in his community and will be missed by all those who knew him. His kind smile and gentle demeanour will be remembered by all. Les set an example for how to live life; enjoy the moment, cherish your family and live life everyday with a smile.
A celebration of his life will be held on April 27th, 11am at the Armstrong Bible Chapel, 2145 Rosedale Avenue. In lieu of flowers please send donations to The North Okanagan Hospice Society in Vernon or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 35. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca
Cremation arrangements entrusted to
ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES®
Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866