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Date of Passing: Sep 19, 2017

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WILLIAM LESLIE (LES) WARDROP 1915 - 2017 Peacefully in the early morning of September 19, Les Wardrop passed away at his residence, three months shy of his 102nd birthday. Les is survived by his sons Terry (Sheilagh), Jeff (Janice) and daughter Cindy (Larry) Malazdrewicz, eight grandchildren Jamie (Kari), Robbie, Brenna, Sean (Jeannie), Shannon (Darrell) Hunks, and Scott, Brad (Lauren) and Greg (Lori) Malazdrewicz, and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Olive (nee McLean), and his parents Mabel (nee Cousins) and David. Being born and raised on the homestead farm in Whitemouth, Manitoba had an enormous impact on the type of life "Spud" would lead. His forefathers set a strong example of hard work for him to emulate ... and he did that in spades. That strong Scottish/Protestant work ethic shone through in everything he accomplished. Dad received his bachelor degrees - both from the University of Manitoba - in Electrical Engineering in 1939 and in Civil Engineering in 1947 following his return from serving overseas with the Army Signals during the Second World War. In 1947, he started his career as a waterworks engineer with the City of Winnipeg Sewage and Waterworks Department and in 1955, he founded W. L. Wardrop & Associates - one of the first Winnipeg-based engineering consulting firms - which later became Wardrop Engineering Inc. With an initial staff of four, the company offered services in public works engineering and housing subdivision servicing. The firm expanded its services to include pulp and paper, solar energy, and nuclear engineering, and launched water projects in West Africa through its International Division. Dad retired from active participation in the Company in 1980 but continued to serve on its Board of Directors for many years. In January 2009, Tetra Tech acquired Wardrop, expanding the Tetra Tech team to more than 10,000 staff. Throughout the years, Dad played a significant role in Canadian engineering activities and participated in numerous community undertakings. He was a past president of the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba (1959 to 1961), the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (1961 to 1962), the Canadian Institute of Pollution Control (1960) and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (1970). He was also a past chairman of the Industrial Development Board of Greater Winnipeg (1969), the Salvation Army Advisory Board (1978) campaign chairman for two years and was a director of the Royal Canadian Mint and the Biomass Energy Institute. He was a member of the Board of Misericordia Hospital (1977 to 1983), member and chairman of the Manitoba Enterprise Development Board (1980 to 1985) and campaign chairman of the New Activity Centre, Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg (1980). He served as a principal organizer of the University of Manitoba homecoming events for his two graduation classes and was one of the first volunteers in 1998 to join the unofficial campaign for the new Engineering and Information Technology Centre. In 1977, Dad received a Meritorious Service Award from the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba for his extraordinary engineering achievements and community involvement. In 1990, the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Engineering dedicated the "Les Wardrop Reading Room" at its library in his honour. In 2002, the Consulting Engineers of Manitoba paid tribute to him by naming him the first honorary presenter of its prestigious Keystone Award for consulting engineering excellence and awarding him the Lifetime Achievement Award 2002 in recognition of his leadership, achievements and contribution to consulting engineering and the community. The University of Manitoba presented him with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science at their spring convocation in 2006 and this was one of his proudest moments. Over the years, Dad was a builder, a carpenter and a golfer. In his early teens, he extended the box on the truck used to deliver bricks manufactured in his father's Whitemouth Brickyard. He built a camper trailer painted to match the two-tone 55 Buick the family drove, a garage, two cabins and a boathouse at Moose Lake and a cabin cruiser in the garage on Old Mill Road. In 1964, Dad took over the homestead farm at Whitemouth and set up a cow-calf operation which required the construction of various cattle shelters, hay storage facilities, a machine shed and a house for the hired manager. In 1971, Mom and Dad purchased the McLean family farm at East Selkirk and proceeded to expand and renovate the old brick house and add storage buildings and landscaping. All these projects were done in his "spare time" and mainly by himself ... work was his hobby ... that left arm pounded thousands of nails. In his retirement years, Dad continued to enjoy his golf at the St. Charles Golf and Country Club right up to his early 90s and he spent 20 years researching, writing and publishing a Wardrop family history book which was distributed to many relatives. We, his family, are very proud of our father's contributions to society and the supportive role he played in our lives. We also wish to thank the staff at the Canoe Club who contributed to his comfort over the last several years and the many homecare workers and nurses who assisted him in recent months. A service to celebrate Dad's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., September 30 at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. Flowers are gratefully declined. If you so wish, donations in Dad's memory may be made to the Les Wardrop Bursary in Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Gifts may be made online at: or sent to the following address: Alumni and Donor Relations, 200-137 Innovation Drive, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MB R3T 6B6. Cheques made payable to the University of Manitoba. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to
Publish Date: Sep 27, 2017

WILLIAM LESLIE (LES) WARDROP William Leslie (Les) Wardrop passed away peacefully in the early morning of September 19, 2017, at his residence, three months shy of his 102nd birthday. Longer obituary to follow.

Publish Date: Sep 20, 2017

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 27, 2017

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Although I had completed all my engineering training and associated diplomas in Scotland, it wasn't till I joined WL Wardrop & Associates in 1971 that I really completed my working knowledge at what I called "the University of Wardrop". Uncle Les was such a quiet man, that it took me about 4 months to find out Fred White wasn't Mr. Wardrop. He was very unassuming and never had airs and graces about him. He took me to a Rotary meeting one day when I was but a mere lowly employee, but he treated me as a person when he saw me around the office. In 1976, I was on a field assignment in Esterhazy, SK when he showed up unannounced. I had the pleasure of showing him around this multi million dollar rebuild describing how all of us worked as a team to get the project back up and running. On several occasions I bumped into him and he remembered me. All in all, Les Wardrop was all class. Thank you sir for allowing me to be a part of your Wardrop engineering family. - Posted by: Alex Cupples (WL Wardrop employee) on: Jul 14, 2018

  • My condolences to Cindy and family. I met your dad so many years ago. Each year we shared gardening stories. Memories of helping him with his rock gardens so many years ago come flooding back. He loved his flowers and his garden. It was such an honor to know your dad. - Posted by: Carla Hrycyna (Friend from St. Mary's Nursery ) on: Sep 29, 2017

  • We knew Les as our neighbour at the lake. He always seemed to be working on a project at the cottage. No matter how busy he was, he always had time to visit. Our condolences to the Wardrop Family. - Posted by: The Weiss family (Neighbours at Moose Lake) on: Sep 28, 2017

  • Our condolences to the Waldrop family - Posted by: Phil, Lyse Rioux (friends ) on: Sep 27, 2017

  • Please accept Bev and my sincere condolences. Les was truly one of the "great ones". During my Deanship, he was a pillar of strength. Just having him in "my corner" helped me achieve things that I could never have done on my own. He brought credibility to projects, such as the new engineering building, just by endorsing them. Les was an exemplary engineer, a true gentleman, and a loyal friend. We are all proud of him and his achievements. He will be missed and remain in our thoughts and memories forever. Unfortunately we will be out of town during his celebration but we will be there in thought. We know the venue will be overflowing with his friends and colleagues. Doug & Bev Ruth - Posted by: Douglas Ruth (Colleague, Friend and #1 Fan) on: Sep 27, 2017

  • Les Wardrop was one of a kind. It was such an honour for me to get to know him during my years working in planned giving at the University of Manitoba. I worked with him to set up his bursary in engineering in celebration of his 90th birthday and we became good friends during that time. I even helped him do the index to his family history book. We had many visits at his home in East Selkirk, and when he moved to the Canoe Club we would go for lunches at Pine Ridge Hollow and other places in the city. He was such a gentleman. Condolences to his family and friends. He was a force for good who left the world a better place. - Posted by: Beth Proven (Friend) on: Sep 27, 2017

  • I worked for W L Wardrop & Associates as a surveyor during high school and university, In 1976 Mr. Wardrop personally offered me a job in a new Environmental Department the Wardrop Team was founding. This group was way ahead of the curve and allowed me so much opportunity. Because of this foundation I was able to start my own firm - Envirochem Services Inc. in Vancouver in 1984. My partner and I sold the firm to my employees in 2015 and am now retired. I owe a lot to Mr.Wardrop for giving me my start and I will be eternally grateful. My sincere condolences Cindy and Family - Posted by: Thomas Finnbogason () on: Sep 27, 2017

  • Such a wonderful soul. Always had time to talk to the staff. He will be missed. My sympathy to his family. - Posted by: Lori Ducharme (Former Wardrop Employee) on: Sep 25, 2017

  • I have fond memories of several drives with Les from Whitemouth and hearing stories of his working in his dad's brick factory, his time in the army, his days playing baseball and as well with his company. What an amazing life, full of accomplishment! I enjoyed those times. Love to Terry, Jeff, Cindy and families. - Posted by: Coreen Molloy (Terry's sister-in-law) on: Sep 24, 2017

  • I got to know Les after I became Lloyd McGinnis's secretary. Les would come in every Friday morning before his Rotary meeting, just to touch base. He would sit in my office, just outside Lloyd's, and have a little chat. Every once in a while he would leave a box of chocolates at the front desk for the girls. I did have occasion to see him at his 100th at the Manitoba Club, and also saw him at the canoe club when Vera-Anne McGinnis and I had lunch there. I'll always remember him as a fine gentleman. My husband joins me in sending our heartfelt sympathy to all his family. - Posted by: Lorraine St. Pierre (Wardrop employee) on: Sep 20, 2017

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