In Celebration of

Leslie Webb

January 31, 1922 -  March 19, 2022

Leslie (Les) Raymond Webb
January 31, 1922 - March 19, 2022

Leslie passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto on March 19, 2022 with family at his side. He was in his 101st year.

Leslie was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth Alice (Betty) in 1997, his parents George and Ann of Ottawa and brothers Sydney, Stanley and Leonard. He was a loving father to Linda and father-in-law to Rod Sowerby of Oakville. He was also “grandpa” to a host of four legged family members.

Leslie proudly served in WW2 as a staff sergeant in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was honoured with the Commander-in-Chiefs Certificate for good service from Field Marshall Montgomery. In 2016 he was awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour - the highest national order of France.

Leslie worked as an advertising manager at Purolator for most of his working life. He spoke fondly of his years growing up in the Glebe district of Ottawa and in 1939 he was the city’s junior tennis champion - his memorabilia has been donated to the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club.

Leslie was an avid fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. He looked forward to visits made to the Veterans Centre by both members of the Toronto Maple Leafs alumni and current team players. It was an honour that he was chosen in 2019 to represent the Veterans from Sunnybrook at centre ice when the Toronto Maple Leafs recognized Veterans on Remembrance Day. He was humbled to receive a video greeting from Darryl Sittler in honour of his 100th birthday.

We would like to thank the staff at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre for their exemplary care the last five years and it was there that Dad developed a love for bingo.

A graveside service will be held at St. George’s-on-the-Hill in Etobicoke, later this year as well as a celebration of life for family and friends.

To honour Leslie’s memory, please consider making a donation to Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto.


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Carol Ann Lee (friend)

Entered March 22, 2022 from Palgrave

sI am so proud of all the memories you have left for your family ..your life will always be a blessing to so many ....RIP

Jo & Pat Neil (Friend of Linda Sowerby)

Entered March 23, 2022 from Seeley's Bay, Ontario

Thinking of you at this difficult time. He was an amazing man.

Love and hugs.

Georgia Inglis (friend)

Entered March 24, 2022 from Toronto

Dear Linda and Rod,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. The wonderful kindness that characterized his expression and his courage throughout his life will always remain in my thoughts.

In sympathy and with love,

Peggy Peacock (friend)

Entered March 31, 2022 from Etobicoke

Linda and Rod, My sympathies, thoughts, and prayers continue to go out to you as you deal with losing your father/father-in-law. He would have never made it to 100 without the love and care of the two of you. Love Peggy


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