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Date of Passing: May 16, 2013

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LESLIE (LEE) A. SHIRTLIFFE It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lee on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Grace Hospital. Lee was born March 21, 1947 and was the eldest son of Alice and Allan Shirtliffe. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lydia; his sons Paul (fiancée Melissa Pope), and Ryan; his sister Karen (Harald) Thimm of Calgary; his niece Laura (Jason) Sullivan of Calgary; and his brother-in-law, Ed Konik. After graduating from high school, Lee went on to the Manitoba Institute of Technology (now Red River College) and obtained a Diploma in Instrumentation in 1969. After a short stint at TransCanada Piplines, he returned to Red River College in 1970 as Instructor in the Instrumentation Engineering program and dedicated his career to teaching students in the field of instrumentation. He taught an array of subjects at the College such as industrial hydraulics, fluid power, programmable logic controllers, fluid mechanics, final control elements, process devices and practices and process measurements. He joined the Instrumentation Society of America in 1971 and was a charter member of the Winnipeg Chapter Section. Lee also coordinated the electrical licence for the instrumentation trade in Manitoba as chairman of the Safety Legislation Sub-Committee. In May 2000, for his outstanding contribution toward education and training in science, engineering and technology of instrumentation, Lee was selected by the Instrumentation Society of America, to receive the Donald P. Eckman Education Award in recognition for his 30 years of continuous service in teaching instrumentation at Red River College and inspiring and mentoring students for the betterment of the instrumentation field. It was a notable accomplishment to be nominated, selected and approved for this honour and he received the award at the 2000 ISA Honors and Awards Banquet in New Orleans. In July 2008, Lee retired from the College after 38 years as Lead Instructor in the Instrumentation Engineering program. Lee had many fond memories from his childhood. He met Lydia at Red River College and they were married July 1981. Lee took great pleasure and enjoyment in spending time with his sons and was very proud of their many accomplishments. Lee will be remembered for his love and devotion to his family, his strong work ethic, his love for books, his love of tools for the many construction projects at home and the cottage, Monday excursions to Princess Auto, his curiosity and generosity. In lieu of flowers, the family hopes to establish a memorial scholarship at Red River College in Lee's name. Please contact for information. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., Chapel Lawn, 4000 Portage Avenue. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn 885-9715
Publish Date: May 21, 2013

LESLIE (LEE) A. SHIRTLIFFE It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Lee on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Grace Hospital. Details to follow in Tuesday's edition. Chapel Lawn 885-9715
Publish Date: May 18, 2013

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 21, 2013

Condolences & Memories (51 entries)

  • I just heard about your passing while talking to another one of your students. You were a great man Mr. Shirtliffe, best instructor I've ever had. You were caring, and you set the bar higher than I ever thought possible and made me rise up to get it. I still use many of your sayings and teachings every day. There isn't a person that I know of that would ever say anything but good things about you. Thanks for everything. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Dennis Fortin (Student) on: Aug 04, 2015

  • Lydia and family....So sorry to hear of Lee's passing. I remember him as a loveable "Nerd" and sharing those halcyon days at RRCC. May God grant you and yours peace and cradle Lee's soul. - Posted by: Morris Widish (Graduated with Lee (instrumentation) back in 1969.) on: May 11, 2015

  • I was saddened to hear of Lee Shirtliffe's passing. He was a good friend and colleague, we worked together for almost 40 years. Lee was a very intelligent and caring individual. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. - Posted by: WARIS SHERE (Colleague) on: Jun 29, 2013

  • Lydia, I am so sorry to hear of Lee's death. I didn't know Lee but we would recognize each other in the halls at RRC. He always had a smile and said hello. Take care. Les - Posted by: Leslie Walsh (Red River College) on: Jun 04, 2013

  • We were neighbours with Lee and Lydia back in the 70's and early 80's in St.James. As a young man, I always had questions for Lee about this and that. He took the time always to explain things and helped me work through mechanical issues that would arise. I had not seen Lee for sometime until only a few years ago. I am glad I dropped by. God be with you Lee. Prayers for you Lydia and family. May time heal you and make you strong again. - Posted by: Greg,April,and Shelagh welter (Neighbours) on: May 29, 2013

  • I missed Lee's obituary so I only just learned that he has passed away. The long list of people who have posted condolences attests to Lee's impact on Red River College during his career here. He left a hole when he retired but it was consoling to know that he was still around and might drop in for a visit at any time. Now even that consolation is gone. Lee was a fan of the RRC Library and he regularly brought his students in for sessions on library research. He also arranged grants from the local Instrument Society of America for the purchase of books and videos on instrumentation topics. He was always very appreciative of anything we were able to do for him and he regularly showed up every Christmas with a box of chocolates for staff. Lee obviously loved being a teacher and his concern for his students extended well beyond the classroom. As a result many of his students remained his friends after graduation. Lee drew on these friendships to benefit his current students by arranging work placements for them. One of Lee's former students and friends was my cousin, Barry Norman. We were both deeply affected by the ups and downs of Barry's long illness and this gave us another, sadder topic of conversation when we met in the hallways or over coffee. Barry died in 2009 and Lee gave the eulogy at his funeral. Little did we realize that less than four years later we would also have to say goodbye to Lee. - Posted by: Norman Beattie (Colleague) on: May 29, 2013

  • I just read about Lee's recent passing and I would like to wish Lydia and her family my deepest condolences. When I worked at RRC, I dealt directly with Lee to coordinate the Employer On-Campus visits for Student Employment Services specifically targeting his students. Lee had a great sense of humour and was very helpful. Lee was committed to ensuring his students were informed of potential employment opportunities, I saw that he truly cared about his students. Lee, thank you, you will be missed. - Lourdes R. Alarkon - Posted by: Lourdes Alarkon (Former Coworker at Red River College) on: May 28, 2013

  • My condolences to Lee's family. I was fortunate enough to meet Lee while in my first year at Red River, and his enthusiasm for the opportunities that existed in Instrumentation was enough for me switch to his program for year 2. I owe a lot in my life to that decision and the hours in the basement instrument lab. Thanks Lee. You were one of the best. - Posted by: Stephen Farr (Student, class of 78-80) on: May 27, 2013

  • Lee was my Instructor (1980/81) class. Lee then contacted me to work at RRC with him in the Instrumentation lab which I accepted. I have so many good memories of working with Lee in the Instrumentation. I will always remember all the former students that used to visit Lee and thank him for what he had done for them. I to want thank Lee for everything he did for me. May God give you rest. - Posted by: Joe Bettencourt (Former student & Co-Worker) on: May 24, 2013

  • Dear Lydia, I am so sorry hearing about Lee's passing. Without a doubt, he was the most cheerful of all my colleagues at RRC, always up-beat and enthusiastic about his work. It must have been a pleasure to have been one of his students. At one point my son-in-law, weary of his job, considered a career change. I recommended he see Lee Shirtliffe. Lee contributed greatly to the renown of our college. Thank you, Lee. My condolences to you, Lydia and to your family. - Posted by: Peter Elvers (Friend and former colleague.) on: May 24, 2013

  • Undoubtedly the world lost one of its best. It's hard to put into words what Lee did for instrumentation in the province of Manitoba. He continually challenged each and every one of his students to achieve their full potential. He made sure that not only did you learn but that you understood and could pass on the knowledge to everyone else. Many a time in his class, struggling with some concepts, he'd pull out a piece of paper and go over material in depth and be able to draw and explain them off the top of his head. The attention to detail and his drive to have you learn as much as possible during labs and class helped me become a better Instrument Mechanic, and for that I will be forever grateful. Thanks for everything Lee. You'll truly be missed. - Posted by: Marc Landry (Former Student) on: May 24, 2013

  • Too young …too young! Only the good as it is said. I spent over thirty years in the halls of "A" building (shared with Lee) and he always had the time to stop and talk. Lee had the amazing ability to make you feel as though you were best friends. A great part of who he was. My condolences to Lydia and family; dwell on the good times. Rest in peace Lee, my good friend, Wayne Park - Posted by: Wayne Park (collegue) on: May 24, 2013

  • Lee, words can't express the amazing things you have done for me and so many others. Even if I wasn't your favorite student, I am certain that you were without a doubt my favorite teacher. Your detailed method while teaching has not only helped me become a better Instrument Technician but more importantly a better man. For that, I can not thank you enough. You will be greatly missed. Thanks Lee. - Posted by: Tyler Grime (Former Student) on: May 24, 2013

  • My condolences to Lydia and family. Lee was always friendly to everyone, such a pleasant man. - Posted by: Terry Bottrell ((Red River College)) on: May 23, 2013

  • Lee was a very passionate and compassionate colleague, who cared deeply for the students, his profession and all those around him. He worked endlessly to improve and advance the program; to see it recognized, accredited and certified; and to advance the role and professional reputation of Instrumentation technicians, technologists, apprentices and journeypersons. There is no one else in the province, and maybe no one in the country, that did as much for the trade and the profession as Lee did. I can recall our conversations where Lee would speak so passionately and with such commitment about how to improve some element of the program or the college, or the “system”. No task was too big, or too small, for Lee if it would help make things better. In addition to the generous gifts of time, energy and enthusiasm that he gave to the college he also cared deeply about his students. That is the mark of a good teacher. It is so very sad when life ends too soon, and with such struggle, but I hope it helps to think about just how many people Lee helped over his 38 years with the College. - Posted by: Ken Webb (Friend) on: May 23, 2013

  • We will always remember Lee as we were his last class before his retirement. May God receive his soul and may He rest in peace. - Posted by: Jonathan Kalombo (former student at RRC(2007)) on: May 23, 2013

  • A little air will get you there...Lee you will be missed and never forgotten. You are the grandfather of instrumentation. Student, graduated 1980 - Posted by: Leon Collins (Student, graduated 1980) on: May 22, 2013

  • Lee was a popular and much-respected mentor and teacher. I know of no one who supported and went to bat for students more than he did. He leaves a legacy to be proud of. Sorry we also had common ground re- the 2011 Flood on Lake Manitoba. I much appreciated Lee's sharing of documents and expertise. Peace and condolences to Lydia, Paul, Ryan and loved ones. - Posted by: Glenn and Noreen Duncan (Colleague at Red River College) on: May 22, 2013

  • As one of Lee's former students (1979), I can attest to Lee's dedication to his craft and to his profession. His love for what he did was obvious, and he in turn, passed that on to his students. I am one of them. Lee, you'll be missed. Thank you for the knowledge you selflessly gave me, the knowledge that allowed me to pursue a career and a love for our profession. - Posted by: Michael Dudar (Former Student) on: May 22, 2013

  • I am very privileged to have known Lee professionally and as a human being. His legacy will live on. Heartfelt sympathy to you Lydia, your sons and the whole family. - Posted by: Marie Sichler (former RRC colleague) on: May 22, 2013

  • I will remember Lee as a good neighbor and a helpful one at that. He was a very gentle man who was also a very intelligent man the way he spoke and what he talked of. His value, gentleness and kindness he has taught his children well and what values a parent leaves to his or her children is the greatest tribute to their memory. - Posted by: Jason C. Loewen (neighbor) on: May 22, 2013

  • The last time I saw Lee was a month or so ago at our regular “Old Timer’s Supper”. Lee was always such a friendly, kind-hearted and generous soul and was very much the formative figure in the Instrumentation Technology Department. I always valued his counsel - I will miss you Old Friend. Our condolences go to Lydia and family in their loss. Allan and Dorothy Robbins - Posted by: Allan Robbins (Co-worker at RRC) on: May 22, 2013

  • This is sad news indeed. Though we had lost touch in recent years, when we were younger our families were together regularly. Michael, my older brother, would inevitably hang out with Lee and as his younger brother I would spend time with Lee's younger sister, Karen. Lee will be fondly remembered for his enthusiasm for his work and his teaching, and for his dedication and love for his family. Condolences and sympathies to Lydia, Karen, and the rest of the family as you remember and honour Lee's life. - Posted by: Eric Turner (Cousin) on: May 22, 2013

  • I always enjoyed the talks I had with Lee, a very intelligent and caring individual. His caring and dedicated service to the students was the effort in making the college a great place to obtain a persons future career. A fellow who will be missed. - Posted by: Steven Lipischak (co-worker RRC) on: May 22, 2013

  • Lee was such a dedicated person whom I enjoyed working with for over 30 years in the technology program at RRC. I am very sad to hear of his passing and extend my sympathy to all the family. - Posted by: John A Bell (Co-worker) on: May 22, 2013

  • Lee and I graduated from our respective engineering technology programs around the same time and we both returned to teach at Red River in the early 70's. When ever we met, usually in the hallways of Building A, Lee was always warm and welcoming - a good colleague, a "great" teacher - honored to know him! - Posted by: Ralph Caldwell (Red River College co-worker) on: May 21, 2013

  • Lee almost always had a smile for everyone, even when work was sometimes a burden with so many subjects to teach at once. Even though we see one another now only periodically, I will miss him. - Posted by: Bob Barr (Co-worker and former instrutor at RRC) on: May 21, 2013

  • My condolences to Lydia and the family. Lee was a hardworking, dedicated and conscientious colleague. He was the heart of the Instrumentation Technology at RRC. He will be missed and well remembered by the hundreds of students that he mentored and by his fellow staff - Posted by: L Borys Shulakewych (colleague at RRC) on: May 21, 2013

  • Lee revived my Engineering education in the one year that I was in his class. I appreciate the knowledge he gave me every day. I hope to pass some of that knowledge to other students. - Posted by: Susan Crawford-Young (student and now RRC Instructor) on: May 21, 2013

  • My deepest sympathy; sorry to learn of the death of Lee. It was a pleasure to have known him and, for his very useful chats. Take care "May the good Lord be with the family" - Posted by: Kenneth Appiah ((Supply-counter guy)) on: May 21, 2013

  • Sorry to hear of Lee's death. I always enjoyed our chats in the hallways of the college. Lydia, sincere condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Joan Kunderman (Former Chair of Community Services, Red River College) on: May 21, 2013

  • I had the pleasure of working with Lee indirectly for most of his career. He was one of the most dedicated, hard-working instructors at RRC. He grew the Instrumentation program into something special. Both Lee and the graduates of his program were respected and admired for their knowledge and skills. Rest in Peace! - Posted by: Dale Watts (Colleague; former Dean, Red River College) on: May 21, 2013

  • We were very saddened to learn that Lee had passed away. We have fond memories of your husband and father going back to the days when our boys were young. Lee helped us set up our first home computer - I believe it was your family’s old computer - I was so confused and he was so very patient. We will remember Lee as a kind, friendly and generous man. - Posted by: Cathy and Bob Hummelt and family (neighbours) on: May 21, 2013

  • So sorry to hear of his death. My prayers are with you. - Posted by: Brian Timlick (co-worker) on: May 21, 2013

  • I had the privilege of getting to know both Lydia and Lee at RRC dating back to 1974. It was always a pleasure meeting Lee in the hallways and catch up in what life had brought upon us. Lydia and family, my deepest sympathy on your loss. Hopefully, the pain can be eased slightly knowing that Lee was cared for by many. Armenia Evaristo - Posted by: Armenia Evaristo (RRC staff) on: May 21, 2013

  • This is a sad day and a great shock as well. As Lee's cousin, my family and his visited each other regularly when we all lived in Winnipeg, though I confess I had lost contact over the years as I moved first to Halifax and later to Ottawa with my wife Denise. (Also a Winnipeg native.) But on the all too rare occasions we did get together, Lee's enthusiasm for his profession, dedication to his students and keen interest in fluidics, control systems and measurement technologies always shone through in our conversations. I am sure that he was sorely missed by the College and his students when he retired and it's a shame he didn't have longer to enjoy his retirement years. My sympathies and condolances to Lydia, Karen and the rest of the family on this sad day. - Posted by: Michael Turner (Cousin) on: May 21, 2013

  • I attended Okanagan College and The University of Winnipeg before Red River College. When I found Lee's Instrumentation courses at Red River however I knew I had found what I was looking for. It was undoubtedly my favorite year of schooling. I met my business partner in that year and now have a successful instrumentation service company. I even met my wife in that class and now have two beautiful daughters. I can honestly say that the best changes in my life were sparked to life in 1998. Everything just came together in that basement room at RRC, all in that one year of Instrumentation with Lee Shirtliffe. So, though I had the chance at ISA meetings and other events over the years, I don't believe I ever really properly expressed to you my gratitude. So... Thanks Lee. Rest Easy. - Posted by: Mike Unger (Instrumentation Graduate 1998) on: May 21, 2013

  • I'm sorry for your loss Lydia & family. I remember Lee for always taking the time to say Hello whenever we passed in the hallway at RRC. Thinking of you all. - Posted by: Kathy Keon (Red River College) on: May 21, 2013

  • Lee will be missed. Our heart and hugs go out to you and your family. You are a strong woman and a wonderful person who always takes care of everyone (family/co-workers) but now you must start to take better care of yourself. Take care. Our deepest condolences, The Jost's - Posted by: Bill, Rose-Ann and Delaney Jost (co-worker) on: May 21, 2013

  • Sorry to hear of this sudden death, a month ago, we had "Old Timers" meating with Lea. Lea was born on the same day, month, and year as myself. I have had lunch with Lea every day for 18 years or so and Lea put his students ahead of himself and gave them the best "showel ready" education that he could. At Norwood hotel when the instrumentation Society held his retirement get together, his old students had nothing but the best to say about him, there were too many of them to count. He will be remembered for that. He gave life his best shot. Condolences to Lydia and the boys. - Posted by: George Foster (Fellow Instructor) on: May 21, 2013

  • My sincerest condolences to Lydia and sons. RIP Lee. - Posted by: Louie Girden (RRC Staff) on: May 21, 2013

  • Dear Lydia, Just wanted to let you know my heart aches knowing Lee will be missed by you and many loved ones. I wish for you many fond memories of your time together with Lee and hope those memories will help to ease your sorrow. Lee was a pleasure to greet in the hallways of RRC. I will remember him for his warm smile and quiet,calm manner. Sincerely, Brigitte - Posted by: Brigitte Mulvihill (Coworker of Lydia) on: May 21, 2013

  • Dear Lydia, Thinking of you and your family. May we treasure all the good times. Please accept my sincere condolences. - Posted by: Chau Le (Friend of Lydia at RRC) on: May 21, 2013

  • The father of many Instrumentation brothers and sisters. He truly cared about each and every one of his students. Thank you Mr. Shirtliffe. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Noel Fernandes (Former Student) on: May 21, 2013

  • I did not have the privilege to know Lee, however, I do have the privilege to know his son Paul. Lee must have been an exceptional father and role model to have raised such an exceptional young man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Lee's family during these saddest of times. Greg Troilo and all of his friends & colleagues at the office. - Posted by: Greg Troilo () on: May 21, 2013

  • Though Lee continually confused me with other students he had taught, I never held it against him. He has helped hundreds of people learn the life skills they have today. Rest In Peace Mr. Shirtliffe - Posted by: Remi Beaudin (2001 Intrumentation Graduate ) on: May 21, 2013

  • Thank you Lee for all you taught me at Red River College. - Posted by: Miles Tetlock (Student) on: May 21, 2013

  • Lee was a great friend and neighbor. I always enjoyed having conversations with him. He will be sadly missed by the whole Kingston family. - Posted by: Alf Kingston (Friend) on: May 21, 2013

  • I met Lee in 1962 when we were in grade 9 at Viscount Alexander school in Fort Garry. We were never in the same class at Viscount Alexander or at Vincent Massey high school but we shared a common interest in electronics and ham radio. I later served as the best man at his wedding to Lydia in 1981. We maintained a continuous friendship for almost 51 years. His retirement was way too short. He missed the best part of the life cycle (retirement). He will be missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Ron Lypka (friend) on: May 21, 2013

  • I only known Lee for the last couple of years. My first impression of Lee was this man is brilliant. I wish we had more time together. I was a pleasure to have known him. - Posted by: Jan Schippers (Friend) on: May 20, 2013

  • Lee was one of the most dedicated instructors that I had the privilege of working with in the EET department at Red River College. His legacy lives on in the many instrumentation technologists that he taught over the many years. Condolences to Lydia and the boys. Remember the many good times. - Posted by: Will Miller (Former Chair of Electrical Engineering Technology at Red River College) on: May 19, 2013

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