Les Watmough

The family of (Albert) Leslie Watmough is heartbroken to announce the passing of their dear husband and father.

Les passed away Sunday of a heart attack that took him swiftly to the Lord, even though he was just talking to Him in church earlier that day.

Les was a pillar of the Thornhill and Terrace communities and gave himself selflessly to many causes. He was instrumental in many Regional District endeavors as well as being passionate about social justice which included many years of devoted service to the NDP party, Hospital and Library Boards, the Christ Lutheran Church, and political activism. His love and deep respect of First Nations issues, nature and the outdoors guided him in his life and writings.

In his early years he worked in the logging industry and trapping and in his later years he loved to write creative non-fiction and was working toward being published.

He will be sorely missed by his wife Diane (nee Arbour) of 52 long years, his four children Alice, Marilynn, Katherine, and Albert and six grandchildren, all now residing outside of Terrace. He also leaves behind brothers Gordon and Charlie, a sister Hazel, and all of their extended family.

He will be missed and very fondly remembered by his many many friends and even by some of his (friendly) enemies.

He knew every word to every unknown song, had a song for every occasion, and sang them all very poorly. He had a great sense of humor, played the banjo and mandolin, loved to read, and was a great storyteller.

There will be a scholarship created in his name at Caledonia Sr. Secondary School and we would appreciate anyone who would like to donate to that scholarship to do so at the school.

An open house will be held at Christ Lutheran Church on Sparks St. in Terrace between 2 and 4 pm, Friday November 1st. Les was cremated per his wishes and his ashes will be spread at a future date.


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