Leslie Wilson Henderson
“Wilson” died peacefully in Swan River Hospital with his family by his side on July 30th 2017 in Swan River MB at the age of 73.
Wilson was born on July 17th 1944 in Wadena SK to Frank and Jean Henderson. Living in the Kelvington/Nut Mountain area until moving with his family, as a small boy to Kerrobert SK. He completed high school in Kerrobert SK where he met his love Norma Emsley. Wilson worked on the Oil Rigs in Alberta and Saskatchewan after high school until moving to Thompson MB in 1966 where he began working for INCO Nickel Mine. Norma moved to Thompson the following year, where they were married and had their daughter Claire. In 1977 Wilson and family moved to Delisle SK where Wilson started his Heavy Duty Mechanic apprentice at the Vanscoy Potash Mine. Upon completion of his apprentice and Red Seal Certification he happily moved his family back to Thompson MB. Keeping it as a home base he then worked at Cullaton Lake Gold Mine NWT for a few years. Upon the mine closing he then worked for the Department of Highways based out of Thompson. The mine still called to him which led him to Snow Lake MB to work several years at the mine there. After Snow Lake Mine closed Wilson semi-retired and took jobs in various locations in Southern Saskatchewan. Manitoba and the North still called to Wilson and Norma, leading them to Swan River MB where they have resided for the past 4 years. This gave them the touch of the north and south they craved for the fishing, hunting, camping and farming community feel they loved.
Wilson had always been interested in mechanics, continually building on his skills and often could be found with a wrench in his hand. He was a witty man who was proud of his family and loved to tease and joke with family, friends or strangers it did not matter!! Always willing to offer help to anyone and jump in when help was needed. He had an absolute love of hunting, fishing and camping as well as a good visit. We cannot miss mentioning the dogs he had throughout his life that always held a special spot in his heart.
Wilson is survived by his wife Norma, daughter Claire Dubé, grandchildren Rachael and Grant, Brother-in-law Elwood Emsley, special lifelong friend / cousin Lois Henderson as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and his Sugar plum.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Glen, son-in-law Raymond and mother-in-law Clara.
We would like to extend our heart felt thank you to our family and friends for the help, support and visits with us during Wilson’s short stay in the hospital and going out of their way to be here during that time. The kind words and gifts received are appreciated. Also, to Dr Adegboyega, Dr. Wickert and the hospital staff for the beautiful care and compassion they gave.
There will not be a funeral service per Wilson’s wishes. All are encouraged to celebrate his life in your thoughts and prayers. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Manitoba Cancer Society.
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