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Date of Passing: Mar 21, 2014

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LESLIE CASEBOURNE WADE June 2, 1914 - March 21, 2014 After a long and active life, Les joined the loves of his life, his wife Muriel (Parkinson), his good friend and travelling companion, Margaret Edwards, and his first wife Mary (Lester). Family times, camping and fishing in the Whiteshell, especially at West Hawk Lake, will be remembered by his daughter, Agnes (Jack) in Spring Hill, FL, his granddaughter Michele in Erie, PA, and by grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Winnipeg: Bruce (Lisa), Kelsey and Kelsey's mom, Heather; Leslie (John), and Jim, Crystal and James. Les is also survived by his favourite sister-in-law, Margaret Ratcliffe (Lester) with whom he has had a long friendship. He is predeceased by his son Art, his brothers, Ernie, Percy, and sister Agnes. Muriel's family, Susan, Lloyd, Kelly, Mark, Kian, Ryan and Mayu, celebrate his long life and the memories made around the dining table and at the cottage where water skiing was his sport of choice, well into his 80s. Papa always made the toast at the beginning of the meal, had an appropriate story to tell, and later on, shared snippets of days gone by. Brenda, Greg and their family, Damon, Paula Noelle, Brooke, Tyler and Ali, in British Columbia will miss the stories and wisdom of his years. We are disappointed he will not get to hold his two new great-granddaughters who will be arriving in the next while, as he was very excited about their arrivals. Les was the oldest living member of the Winnipeg Fire Department at the time of his death. Linda Sherrin and the staff at Riverwood Square celebrated this achievement in December 2012 with the residents, members of his family and Les' long time colleagues. Les joined the Winnipeg Fire Department in November 1941 and retired in March 1979, serving as an Assistant Deputy Chief. Les collected friends wherever he went. Roy, Tom, Spence, Doug, Peggy and Merrill were good friends who shared happy times and took good care of each other. He loved to play cards, especially poker and bridge, and remembered the cards played and the ones that should have been played by his partner. He was a long-time member of the Fort Rouge Seniors Duplicate Bridge Group and was a regular attendee until just recently. Les travelled and cruised extensively, enjoyed golfing and curling in his earlier retirement years and continued to enjoy fine dining with family and friends, especially at Step'N Out with friends, Verna and Alan. Les loved life and life was good to him. He found great joy in giving and receiving hugs. As you think of him, give someone you know a hug. Les often said that moving to Riverwood Square six years ago was the right thing to do. As Ryan said, "Riverwood was good for Papa, and Papa was good for Riverwood!" Our sincere thanks to all the staff and residents for making it the right thing to have done. In keeping with Les' wishes, cremation has taken place. Should you so desire, a contribution to Jocelyn House Hospice, 177 Egerton Rd., Winnipeg, MB R2M 2W7 or the Firefighter's Burn Fund, 303-83 Garry St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4J9 would be greatly appreciated. Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of his life at Riverwood Square, 1778 Pembina Highway on Sunday, April 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Publish Date: Mar 29, 2014

LESLIE CASEBOURNE WADE After a long and active life, Les passed away peacefully on the morning of March 21, 2014. A longer obituary to follow on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Publish Date: Mar 24, 2014

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 29, 2014

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Sorry to hear of Les's passing. Sounds like he was a wonderful man. Sorry I didn't know him. I did meet him when they came to AB to visit many years ago. My Mother, Edith Kathleen Casebourne Wade is fifth child of Arthur Casebourne Wade, of Medicine Hat, AB. I believe Arthur was a stepbrother to Les, Percy and Ernie, and Agnes, Arthur's sister (step to Les) was Edie Addy. Arthur Casebourne Wade was my grandfather. His mother was Kathleen O'shay, Arthur being his father. My mother is at this time 102, living in White Rock BC. I am surprised to hear that there were more brothers in England. Wonder if they had the family name of Casebourne? - Posted by: Florence Ellen Casebourne Watson (distant niece ) on: Jul 07, 2018

  • How Leslie Wade and Margaret Edwards met and a tribute to them both. My chosen Aunt Margaret was very special to me spending lots of time together we shared our secrets. Margaret shared that she was wishing upon a special man to come into her life to travel with and fun times. Laughing over a glass of wine I suggested she leave it with me. I took notes and set out to ask any and all my friends if they had any body that would fit the bill. My son Terry's kindergarten teacher had also become my friend over the years and I chanced to ask her the question. She said as a matter of fact I do have someone that is very special and we plotted and planned on the meeting taking place. Arielle Dyer's home became the crime scene, I was invited for a drink and invited my special friend Margaret to join me and Arielle invited Les her special friend, because it had been a long time since they had last met. The rest became history very quickly. If I remember correctly I suggested they exchange phone numbers and they did and Margaret was very shy about it but agreed. Now Les did not jump to calling and of course Arielle and I keep in touch, no nothing thinking that just didn't work. One Sunday Margaret got a call and she was thrilled and called me right after she hung up from Les to say you will never believe this but I just got a call from Les inviting me to dinner. That day was the beginning of a very long and happy time for them both, cruising, travelling to visit family and friends. They were truly blessed with many many years of happiness. In my heart I was so happy that I was able to play a small part in helping two people find the years of pleasure they shared. Rest in peace my friend Les, say hello to Aunty Margaret when you see her. Hugs forever - Posted by: Marilyn Ewanochko (Friend) on: Mar 29, 2014

  • Rest in Peace my friend Les, you were special to us all. Ruth and I enjoyed the fun we shared with you and Margaret, lots of laughs and your gentle manner in which you would always great Ruth. My we meet again one day Les, William - Seven Sisters - Posted by: William Klaprat (Friend) on: Mar 29, 2014

  • I grew up on Cunnington and Brenda Parkinson was my friend. I spent lots of time at her place where I met Les, Muriel's husband. He was always nice to me and my parents were friends of the Wade's and Muriel. You don't meet many people like Les. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Gloria Ivory (Friend/neighbor Cunnington Avenue St. Vital) on: Mar 29, 2014

  • Les also had 2 other brothers that predeceased him. Bill and James Cooper(who resided in England) he also had a sister Edith Addy who resided in BC. His mother was Mary Rebecca Wade and father Arthur. These were also an important part of his family. - Posted by: Bev Basset (neice) on: Mar 29, 2014

  • "The Window" Forever in my memory will be Les Wade at the breakfast table every morning watching out the dining room window with his good friends Roy and Spence- waiting for 'the girls' to come to work. His" two handed wave" and his genuine happiness of greeting me another day will be an image that will remain in that window for me every day and forever. I often got the first hug of the day and had the good chuckles about the many hugs that were gathered every day-the truth of it being is that the hugs were never for Les - the hugs were given- given to all of those who he cared about as he knew how important a meaningful hug could make for others on any given day. Les was one of the first to make Riverwood Square his home. He was a significant part of the creation of a neighbourhood where people could move to and feel not only be welcomed but to be a part of this new community. Les was a binding strength of fabric to enhance life for all of those around him. He will always be remembered for his time and contributions to all of us at Riverwood Square. Forever in my heart and thoughts Linda - Posted by: Linda (Friend) on: Mar 27, 2014

  • Les was good friends with my late grandmother - Margaret Edwards. They enjoyed playing games against each other, and they would always place a wager. The loser would pay their loss into a mutual pot that was eventually and periodically used as "cruise spending money". So needless to say, every game had a meaning and both competed with a true desire to win. I am very fortunate that I was able to spend some great and memorable times with them. I recently saw Les at a service, it had been a few years. Les was the same, game for fun. He cancelled his ride and came to the post service gathering. I imagine there are many people who are sad to hear Les is gone. On the bright side though, we have all had the opportunity to live and learn from Les. He will be remembered as a positve and fun spirited man. He was an inspiration, and he will remain in my heart forever !! - Posted by: Jaime (Friend ) on: Mar 26, 2014

  • My first district chief and a good teacher. Never could explain to me why the DCs never had to wear a white rabbit fur uniform hat -winter issue but made it very clear why a rookie should wear their issue. A very good sport and good sense of humor if one took the time to find it. Fun to curl with him and McDermid. - Posted by: mike robson (firefighter) on: Mar 26, 2014

  • Very sorry to hear of my Uncle's passing. I will have many memories of a dear and kind, and funny man! In a recent conversation with him, he told me about how he still missed his brother, Percy (my wonderful father), so now they can play crib in heaven and be rejoined! Hope heaven is ready for the Wade brothers! My sincere condolences to all my family, and a huge thank you for looking after him as you all did! - Posted by: Bev Basset (Niece) on: Mar 26, 2014

  • I got to know Les through Riverwood Square where my mother resided. He was an absolute joy to be around. I shared many a morning out on the patio with Les watching the birds and talking, admiring our surroundings. He seemed unaware of the impact he had on others. He always made you feel that seeing you was a great part of his day. I will miss you Les, but I will never forget you. Cathy - Posted by: Catherine Stubel (Friend) on: Mar 26, 2014

  • All of us at Step'N Out will miss him dearly. Just a short note to say it has been a pleasure to share so many occasions with all of you. Lots of Love Verna & Alan - Posted by: Verna & Alan () on: Mar 24, 2014

  • The United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg, Local 867 I.A.F.F. mourn the loss of Les Wade, our Brother Fire Fighter and oldest member of UFFW. On behalf of the Executive and Members of Local 867, our condolences to the family. - Posted by: The United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg (The Union that represents all Winnipeg Fire Fighters) on: Mar 24, 2014

  • I met Les 6 years ago when he moved into Riverwood Square, where I work. Right from the very start we shared our stories and especially our Hugs every weekend as he did with every other lady there. We all Loved him very much and will never forget him. Les you are in my heart where you will stay as I will never forget you. Thank You for 6 Wonderful Years. Trudy - Posted by: Trudy Grimshaw (Friend) on: Mar 24, 2014

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