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Date of Passing: Aug 28, 2017

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LESLIE ANDREW ALLISON Les passed peacefully at Carman Memorial Hospital at the age of 92 on August 28, 2017. Les was predeceased by Phyllis, his wife of 65 years, in 2013 and his grandson Christopher. He is survived by four children: son Neil and Diane, Jane and Finn, son Keith and Catherine, Andrew and Ben, daughter Heather and Bill, Evan and Keiran, daughter Robin and Robert, Michael and Krista, his two great-granddaughters Alice and Audrey and his sister Joyce Conquist. Les was an RCAF Second World War veteran serving in England, Belgium, Denmark and Germany. Postwar he joined the Winnipeg Rifles Band while taking his Agriculture Diploma at U of M. He then farmed the land that his family homesteaded in 1879, moving on to piano tuning and restoration. Les and Phyll shared a lifelong love of music that they passed on to their children and grandchildren. He played cornet in dance and community bands including the Prairie Red Coats. Being a Legion member/horn player, he played Last Post at 68 Remembrance Day Services in Carman, and for over 600 veterans' funerals. Les's lifelong passion was to commemorate the Air Force. In 1978, after eight years of research, he published "Canadians in the Royal Air Force". In 1992, his 10 years of research for the Brandon Commonwealth Air Museum ended with their publication of "They Shall Grow Not Old". In 2002 he was a contributor to "Geographical Names of Manitoba" and "A Place of Honour". He was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, September 22 at the Roland United Church at 2:00 p.m. Doyle's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 02, 2017

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