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Frederick Leslie Brien

Feb. 2, 1945 – Oct. 22, 2019

(“Grampa Les” as he was known to all his Carman friends)

Les passed away peacefully at Boyne Lodge, Carman, MB, on October 22, at the age of 74.  Les was born in Ridgetown, Ontario, first child to Ralph and Frances Brien.  He grew up on the family farm with brother Bob (Donna) Calgary, AB; sister Jean (Shaughn) Rondeau Park, ON; and brother Ray (April), St. Jacobs, ON.

Les will be missed by nieces and nephews, Jason Brien (Sarah) Calgary, AB; Ainsley Brien, Edmonton AB; Becky Huhtala (Bren) Drayton, ON; Mark Brien (Danielle) Beamsville, ON; Julie DeMelo (Darren) Ladner, BC.  Also missing their great uncle are grandnieces and grandnephews Kaelan, Spencer, Avery, and Elijah Huhtala; Nora and Simon DeMelo; and Cameron and Hannah Brien.

Les spent the majority of his life travelling the roads of North America as a “long haul trucker.”  The many twists and turns of his travel led him to settle in Carman, MB.  Numerous strokes created many challenges for Les in recent years, but his determination (read “stubbornness”) kept him positive and smiling, always extending a “thumbs up” to all he met.  “Grampa Les” in his power wheelchair was a familiar sight on the roads, trails and walkways of Carman.

Very special thanks go to Les’s Carman “family” Joe and Linda Richardson and their extended family members, for all their amazing love, compassion, care and kindness over many, many years.  Also thanks to the staff at Boyne Lodge for the fantastic care and support Les received while living at the Lodge.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Doyle’s Funeral Home, Carman.

A memorial celebration will also be held in Ridgetown, ON, at a future date yet to be determined.

Donations in Les’s memory can be made to Boyne Lodge, Box 1644, Carman, MB, R0G 0J0 or Carman Dufferin Rec Commisson (Payable to Town of Carman), Box 160, Carman, MB, R0G 0J0.

 

Comments  

#1 Shirley Gable 2019-10-23 17:10
Farewell my dear friend. Our time together will be treasured. Also the many haircuts and laughter. Travel safe Les.
#2 Elaine & Barry Stephens 2019-10-23 20:23
Our love & prayers to all our cousins who share the sadness of the passing of their loved brother & uncle.
We share your sorrow & know Les is at rest free from pain & the struggles of his life. "Thumbs up"
to a life well lived. tender thoughts barry & elaine xoxo
#3 Barry and Sandra Kearney 2019-10-23 20:56
Les will be remembered by many of his friends in Bridgetown. Our condolences to all.
#4 Mavis Martin 2019-10-24 10:02
Sincere condolences to family and friends
#5 Rob & Heather Kerr 2019-10-24 13:01
It has been many years since we have seen Les. I (Rob) have fond memories of Les in the Ridgetown years, and a few of them up at the Arlington hotel. Even in those early years, Les had a gentleness about him; he was a kind soul, always fun to be around, always full of stories. We are thinking about Frederick Leslie today - and all our Brien cousins good and bad. Rob and Heather
#6 christine findlay 2019-10-24 13:11
Will really miss seeing him "watching people" at the front of the coop. He was always so friendly and always waved when he saw me. I will missed you Les.
#7 Jane & Tim Hall 2019-10-24 13:22
Dear cousin Jean, Bob, Ray & all the Brien families:
We share in your sadness in the loss of Les. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Cousin Les was a kind, caring, generous & gentle soul, and will be remembered for his beaming smile and of course his "thumbs up" to everyone he greeted. There will always be a special place in our hearts for Les! He will be missed by many!
#8 Joe & Bev and Agnes 2019-10-25 22:04
You are all in our thoughts and prayers Brien family. We have heard many positive stories over the years about Les! Living with his health challenges and staying so positive throughout these years.
We never met Les, but Ray and Mark shared their stories, we almost felt like we knew him.
Our condolences from Vineland Ont.
#9 Randy Moore 2019-10-28 10:19
Many a good times spent with Les. I will always miss that. My sympathies to the entire Brien family.
#10 Joan Dreyer Walker 2019-10-28 17:59
A very kind and thoughtful gentleman. With all of his travels he always made time for visiting family. Our family will keep him in our thoughts and hope that he will continues on the path where ever it takes him with much love.
#11 Luis Ferreira & Linda Mikus 2019-10-29 07:41
Dear Ray, Bob & Jean,
In my teenage years, I spent many days on the potato and tobacco fields, working with Les, on our family farm. He was a kind and generous man, with a ready smile and a good sense of humour.
Our sympathy goes out to you and your families, in the loss of Les.
Most Sincerely,
Luis & Linda

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