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Leslie Bocking

May 19, 2017

Leslie Charles Bocking

March 22, 1924 ~ May 19, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Leslie Charles Bocking announces the peaceful passing of our father, Les. Dad’s human journey was completed on Friday, May 19, 2017 in Saskatoon. Dad will be lovingly remembered by his children: David (Anne), Ken (Kathy), Cathy (Yves) Bousquet, Keith (Cathy), Joanne (Brian) Trainor and Norma (Brian) Buydens, 15 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Also left to cherish his memory are his sisters: Esther Packard, Olive Mortensen and Joan (Jerry) Ogle and many nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his parents: Edwin and Agnes; parents-in-law: Alf and Maisie Carter; siblings: Ted, Douglas, and Connie Hunter; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Gyle Packard, Rose Bocking, Merle Bocking and Bill Hunter; his first wife Joyce, third wife Eleanor and one great-grandson Nathan Inglehart. Dad was born near Lintlaw, Saskatchewan on March 22, 1924. At a young age, he moved with his family to Saskatoon where he attended school and developed his interests in art, photography and music. Dad enlisted with the Canadian Army in February 1943 and served overseas in Italy and Holland as a signalman with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. He was slightly injured by shrapnel during the Canadian assault on the Gothic Line. He was honourably discharged in November 1945 and was later proud to return to Europe several times to share in anniversary celebrations of the liberation of Holland. After the war, Dad returned to Saskatoon where he began his career with the Saskatoon Police Department in 1947. In May 1949 he married Joyce Carter and they settled in Montgomery Place where he built the home in which they raised their six children. Dad had a long career with the Saskatoon Police Department, from “walking the beat” in a buffalo coat, to Detective and Sergeant of the Criminal Identification Division. He retired in 1982, having attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Dad enjoyed playing his violin and organ, listening to classical music and show musicals, painting, sketching as well as photography. For many years, his growing family enjoyed camping and canoeing: Dad’s and Mom’s love of the outdoors was shared with their children from an early age. We all have fond memories of strapping the canoe on the station wagon for day trips to Pike Lake or Blackstrap. There were many trips to local historic sites as well as camping at various Provincial Parks, all faithfully recorded on Dad’s 8mm movie camera. Dad’s family would like to thank the dedicated staff of Luther Special Care Home for the excellent care they provided to Dad received in recent years. A celebration of Dad’s life will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Knox United Church, 838 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, officiated by Rev. Brian Maitland. Floral tributes are gratefully declined.  Those wishing to honour Dad are encouraged to make a donation to a charity of their choice. Arrangements are in care of David Schurr, Mourning Glory Funeral Services, (306) 978-5200, www.mourningglory.ca.


 Service Information

Celebration of Life
Friday
June 2, 2017

11:00 AM
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