In Loving Memory
Friday, April 6th
Kelvington Legion Hall
Donations can be made to the Kelvington Villa, the Kelvington Senior Center or Shuttle Bus in Kelvington
Leslie James Beard was born on October 7, 1918.
He grew up on the farm and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1939. He served overseas for five years.
In 1947, Les married Viola Longman. Together they farmed the land, raised cattle, pigs and chickens – as well as horses. They worked hard until they retired and moved to town in the fall of 2004.
When they moved into town, Les got involved with the Legion. A proud member, he considered it an honour and duty to participate in the Remembrance services every year. No doubt he enjoyed the social outings as well.
Throughout his life, Les valued honest, hard work and friendship. When there was time, he enjoyed curling, playing cards and the horse races. He was often seen touring the country, checking the crops and wildlife He was an active member of the Agricultural Society and each year found time to help at the fair grounds.
Les’s humour and wit got him through most of the difficulties he encountered. He never complained – he would just “rub some Gold Bond lotion on it.” He was determined to remain independent and was never home if he could get out to visit.
In 2011, Les settled into the Kelvington Villa. At the Villa, he enjoyed meeting his buddies for coffee and regular shuffleboard games.
Les was predeceased by his parents; two brothers and their wives, Bev and Joyce Beard and Doug and Ella Beard; brothers-in-law, Max (Eva) Longman, Stan (Dorlene) Longman, Larry Longman and Elmer (Mabel) Borrowman; niece Sharon; Orville Foster; and many close friends whom he missed greatly.
Les leaves to mourn, Vi, his wife of 70 years; daughters, Linda (Len) Polachek and Elaine (Garry) Donald; granddaughters, Pam (Rick) Weisgerber, Karlee (Jay) Willard and Mandi (Chris Mercereau); and great-granddaughter Lydia Willard.
Les loved his family.
We were always proud you were our Dad and Grampa.