BERES LesliePosted: April 30th, 2014
It is with profound sadness that the family of MR. LESLIE BERES announce his passing on April 25th, 2014 at the age of 75 following a very brief, courageous battle with cancer. Born in Lethbridge, AB on July 10th, 1938 to George and Terez Beres, he attended schools in Coaldale and Readymade, AB. On November 17, 1962 he married Shirley Weir and together they farmed in Readymade until 1973. Dad remained in the agriculture sector through employment with Agriculture Canada at the Lethbridge Research Centre in 1973, retiring in 1996. They continued to reside on the farm until 2002 when they sold their land and moved to Lethbridge. Upon his retirement, he made numerous travel excursions including trips to Alaska, across Canada, and has spent the last 17 summers camping at Lake Koocanusa, BC. An avid fisherman, outdoor enthusiast, and loyal Calgary Flames hockey fan, his sense of humour was second to none. Proud of his Hungarian heritage, Dad was an active member in both the Hungarian Oldtimers Association and the Hungarian Cultural Society. He was also active in the Norbridge Seniors Centre. Friendships were an important aspect of Dads life and he established several new ones through these associations, with his neighbours in the Fairmont community where they resided, and during his time at Koocanusa. Many old friendships were maintained when they moved off of the farm, particularly with those friends from the Readymade area. His memory will be treasured forever by his wife Shirley of 51 years, his children, Cheryl, Patti (Paul Nelson), Brian (Suneeta DSouza), and Theresa; his #1 outstanding grandson, Kiran Beres; nephew Ron (Sharon) Kormos, niece Marie (Bob) Halvorson, brothers-in-law Dave (Carolyn) and Rob (Suzanne) Weir, and numerous great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, infant brother Charles, parents-in-law Rex and Viola Weir, brother-in-law Bert Kormos, and sister Maggie Kormos. A Service of Remembrance to celebrate Leslies life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., with Allyn Mills officiating. A time of fellowship & refreshments will follow. A private interment will be held prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, Dad requested that those interested support the Stars Air Ambulance (STARS, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7).