Posted: February 27th, 2018

September 20, 1934 ~ February 4, 2018

Laszlo ‘Leslie’ Csikany was born in Hungry, September 20, 1934. His father was a lawyer and his mother, a caring lady who looked after their three sons and four daughters. When Leslie finished high school he enlisted in the military but his dislike of the war and killing was not his way. Following his term in the military, he returned home. His father advised him to go to Canada in which he took the advice and landed in Halifax. Leslie worked at many jobs before making his way west and settling in Medicine Hat. There he worked at a variety of jobs until he gained employment at Maple Leaf Flour Mills working his way up to a Miller until they closed. Leslie then began work as a contractor building homes which was not to his liking, so he went to college to learn the language as well as completing a carpentry course. He then went on to build many homes in the city with finish painting as his passion. When the 80’s came there was very little work so his company moved to Ontario where there was no shortage of jobs. Leslie married late in life to the love of his life who had three small children and together they added a son to the family. Leslie loved his family and they were the love of his life. Health problems hit him with a serious heart attack at Big ‘O’ Tires which ended his career, so he became the family cook and he loved it! Life hit him hard when his eldest daughter died and six months later his wife suddenly passed away. Leslie moved to a Senior’s Home when his youngest daughter passed away and found out all four sisters and two brothers in Hungary had passed away as well. He was very ill but still had a little caring left in him. This is when he met Dorothy Bowles coming back from cancer treatments. Both Leslie and Dorothy were very ill but found that caring for each other helped. Unhappy with their current living conditions, they moved to Chinook Village to make a better life for themselves. They fell in love and were married in September of 2014. Their soup kitchen was well known to anyone who needed it. Leslie learned about his ‘Irish’ wife, not only for her cooking but the love of her joking, travelling and a new family that loved him. Their love of dancing helped to created a dance club at Chinook Village which continues to this day. “My blue eyes are gone but not forgotten, as God is looking after him now”. Leslie is survived by his wife, Dorothy; sons, Leonard (Penny) and family, Cory (Angie) and family; a step-daughter, Tristin; brother, Bill (Cathy) in Hungary as well as many others he never got to know; sister-in-law, Judy (Gary) Sutherland and family as well as brother-in-law, Leonard Desharny and family. A Come & Go Tea will be held at the Chinook Village in the Terrace Room, 2801 – 13 Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, AB., on March 31, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Your presence is your gift, flowers and cards are gratefully declined. The family wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital – Palliative Care staff for the excellent care they provided to Leslie as well as to the Walmart Pharmacy and staff. They also wish to acknowledge the staff at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice where Leslie received wonderful care during his final days. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at www.cooksouthland.com) If friends so desire, memorial donations in Laszlo’s name may be made directly to a charity of ones choice. Honoured to serve the family is Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455

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