Les Archibald - January 28, 2011
LESLIE GALBRAITH ARCHIBALD July 18, 1926 January 28, 2011 Les leaves behind his wife Isabel, sons Alister (Bonnie) and Peter, and daughter Jaki. Les was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and spent his formative years there. He joined the Royal Navy during the last years of the Second World War, which caused him to break off his seven-year apprenticeship as compositor, which he resumed after the war. He and Isabel first met when they were 15 and 14 years old respectively and they were married in 1951. They immigrated to Canada in 1957 and Les quickly found employment with Bulman Bros. Printing. He spent most of his career at Public Press, where he worked mainly in the composing room as a proofreader until he was promoted to the Planning Department. He retired in 1988. Les was a Past Master at Lord Selkirk Lodge No. 137 (which amalgamated with St. John's Lodge No. 4) as well as serving as District Deputy Grand Master 1979-80. Les was involved in many Scottish associations and activities St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg (Secretary/ Treasurer, Honorary President and Life Member), Winnipeg Robert Burns Club (President, Treasurer and Honorary Life Member), Manitoba Highland Dancers Association, Sons of Scotland , to name a few. Les was an avid golfer and loved to curl up with a good book. He always gave of himself, often putting the needs of others before his own and was invariably humble when it came to his own contributions. He will be missed for his eloquent recitations of the works of Robert Burns and Robert Service (His address to the haggis was widely regarded as one of the best). Although an accomplished speaker, in private, he was a man of few words. A celebration of his life will be held on February 24, at 2:00 p.m., in the main floor hall at Betelstadur located at 1061 Sargent Ave. (at Erin Street). The family would like to thank the staff of Calvary Place for their care and compassion. But pleasures are like poppies spread You seize the flower; its bloom is shed Or like the snow in the river A moment white, then gone forever Robert Burns In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Parkinson's Society of Manitoba.