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Leslie Balla

September 30, 1930 ~ November 20, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Leslie Balla Obituary

Third son of four born to Bela Balla and Mary Bodnar, Shaughnessy, Alberta, September 30th, 1930.

Les passed away November 20th, 2023, in his own home in Enderby, B.C. not too far from the Shuswap River where he often watched the river swifts and osprey fly overhead. He was happily independent and his mind as sharp as ever.

Les was an outlier. A moniker that followed him all his life. In his own words, “At school I could read printing, but I could not read writing. The teacher sent me into the high school room, and I had to write on the blackboard one-hundred times, I must not play hookie again. The trouble was I did not know what I was writing. The principal went out of the room for something. I remember a high school girl came up to me and asked me what I was writing, and I said I didn’t know and the whole class laughed.”

Les leaves behind his family legacy, three daughters, a son, a brother, grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many dear friends. You know who you are. During his life he was a logger on Vancouver Island, then a milkman in Cloverdale B.C. He finished High school by correspondence and trained as a welder, which eventually led to Les moving the family to Dawson Creek where he started his own company, Dawson Steel Ltd. With his inventive nature the welding and fabricating business prospered. He traveled to Kuwait, places in the USA, delivered tanks to Whitehorse and in the Yukon. Those were his maverick years.

Les left a 93 year long trail of laughter, generosity, compassion and wisdom as he blazed through life. To all who knew him hold onto your memories for those are yours to keep. Now that his voice is silent, he has nothing left to do. It’s up to you to move forward living your life; that is what he would do.

Les has requested no funeral. He would rather you take the time to visit a friend, go fishing, sit in your garden and watch the osprey flying over the river, (he always enjoyed being near a river), that’s where he would go as a child when he was busy playing hookie, playing in the coulees near the Red Deer River in Alberta, nature was his teacher. He would be quite pleased to know you were down by the river as he packs up his fishing rod and tucks his bible under his arm for his journey home.

“So long folks and God Bless.”

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