LESLIE, Arnold Beecher “Arn”, 87 years, passed away with family by his side on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia. Arn was born at the home farm in Mersea Township and grew up in the Leamington area. He lived in the Windsor area for several years working for Hydro One, relocating to Petrolia in 1976 and retiring from Hydro in 1993. Arn loved to travel and enjoyed hobby gardening, with a special fondness for his tulips, snapdragons, and sweet tomatoes which he shared with many friends. He enjoyed long walks around town and was well known for his friendly smile and quick wit, and for offering candy which he almost always had in his pocket. Arn was a member of St. Paul’s United Church in Petrolia. Arn is survived by Julia, his wife of 21 years, his daughter Karen (Bryan) Cooper, his son Paul (Sylvain Boies) Leslie, his grandsons Tyson (Alesha) Cooper and Nolan (Jenny) Cooper, stepsons Cory (Robin) Skinner and Ben Skinner and step grandchildren Mallory and Luke Skinner. Arn was predeceased in 1994 by Darline (Daugherty) Leslie, his wife of 35 years, by his parents Stanley Leslie and Dora (Wilkinson) Leslie, and by Jack Daugherty and Doris (Bolton) Daugherty. He was also predeceased by brothers Don Leslie, and Delbert (Annie Mae) Leslie and by sisters Marie (Murray) Bailey and Catharine (Milford) Holland. For the last two years of Arn’s life, he was a resident at Lambton Meadowview Villa where he received loving care from the many staff.
As per Arn’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private celebration of life will occur at a later date.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to Lambton Meadowview Villa Auxiliary, Alzheimer’s Society alzheimer.ca, or St. Paul’s United Church. (Cheques only at the funeral home).