Leslie Ivall

Leslie Robert Ivall

Saturday, June 3rd, 1922 - Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021
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It is with great sadness the Ivall family announces the passing of their father, grandfather and great grandfather, Leslie Robert Ivall.
Les was born on June 3, 1922 and was just one day short of his 99th birthday when he passed away at Rainy River Long Term Care in Rainy River, ON
Les was born in Rainy River to Joseph William Ivall and Annie Ivall (Kolser).
He was third youngest of 9 children; Albert John, Irene Hazel, Meryle Ida, William James, Edward Laverne, Joseph Garnet, (Les Robert) Arthur Clinton, Marion Margaret.
His young life was very hard as his father left the family when Les was a young boy. Any money Les or his siblings made, chopping & cutting wood, collecting bottles and mowing grass went to the family for food and household costs.
He enjoyed fishing as a young boy and when a fish was caught that meant the family could eat.
He went to the old White School and later the Alexander School. His best friend was Buzz Miniely, (who he remained friends with the rest of his life, until Buzz's passing in 2014.) Other childhood friends were Tom Green, Jack Ross, Raymond Galepeau & Leo Valliquette.
Three days after his 18th birthday he signed up for the Army.
The Army took him many places, Thunder Bay, Petawawa, Divert N.S., (where he got his promotion from gunner to Bombardier.) From there he was sent overseas where he spent time in Scotland, England & Italy. Les began training as a signaler, radio operator and was laying wire. They were responsible for all the communication posts for the whole troop. He eventually attained the rank of Sargent.
He had many adventures during the war but was very happy to be home in Rainy River after the war. He had a few jobs including Canada Customs, CN, Mel Newmans garage and Bill Crow's gas station. He eventually decided to build his own garage and along with that he drove taxi and ambulance. Some nights he would stay right at the garage in case there was a call out. The building still stands on the east side of town. Les was very involved in community activities and fund raising efforts over the years. He was a Kinsman and Lions member and a respected town councillor for many years. He was well known for his historical knowledge and was often approached by someone wanting to know something about the town's past.
He very much enjoyed his time owning the garage but eventually decided to sell and he started working at the High School in Rainy River as caretaker. Many, many students still remember his smile and quick comments as they went on their way to classes. He was well loved by the students and teachers.
One of Les and Lucy's greatest joys was travel. After Les retired from the school he and Lucy went many places in the camper van. They had many adventures all over Canada and to the southern United States, but probably their favourite place to visit was Alaska, making many trips there.
Les leaves behind his son Robert (Anne), Donnie, Lindy Taylor and children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who loved him dearly.
He will also be missed by his friend and World War 2 veteran Len Ricci. They were two of a kind and had much had much in common.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Lucy in 2004, all of his sisters and brothers and son-in-law Keith Taylor.
Les lived in his own house on Sixth Street until he was 98 when it became unsafe for him to stay alone. He enjoyed going for rides with his son Robert and on return home he would always say “Well I had a very good day” Hopefully he can now say... “I had a very good life”
A small private family graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn cemetery for both Les & Lucy at a later date.
We love you dad,you will be missed!
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Michael Mike

Posted at 01:24am
Mine(Mike) and Dads(AB) Most sincere condolences going out to the Ivall family in their hour of need and Friends. Les was Les. Always willing to give you the 'shirt off his back'; most 'literally' I'm sure of it. Can't remember 'ONCE' when he 'NEVER' had a Big ol' SMILE on his face, and let me tell you this; IT WAS CONTAGIOUS. HA. Never a dull moment with that man. Always ; and I mean A L W A Y S had a kind word, and if you weren't feeling well? Well; U sure as heck 'we're' when you parted ways with Les. I can remember asking him once: (or should I say; stating a Fact)? ha ha ha So, Les, I said to him: 'Sure doesn't look/sound like a very nice week 'weather-wise' coming up 'at all' here does it? Windy as all get out, raining cats and dogs, maybe even Hail the size of 'golf balls'. Well; Les with his usual; 'NO'; His ALWAYS 'smiling' face comes back with something along the lines of: 'Well Mike; it could be alot worse he told me; we could be living in 'California' where they get 'shakers'(earthquakes) at 'Least' 30% of the year he told me, and we could fall into one of those 'sink holes' of theirs and 'DIE a Horrible Death' he said; At least 'here'; all we have to 'really' worry about is 'how heavy of a jacket' we have to wear outside the next day. HA. Now 'that's' the Les 'I/We' knew and Loved. Always; A L W A Y S looking on the BRIGHT side of things. If 'more' of us would do that there'd be ALOT less 'WARS' and ALOT fewer 'SHOOTINGS' around the world amongst 'OTHER' (so called) NATURAL DISASTERS if you'd like to call them that. NOPE; I'm/We're going to 'Really, Really' miss you 'Les' ol' (old my ___) as Les would say I'm almost 'SURE' of it. Ha ha ha. Well my/our Friend, you lived a 'Long and Fruitful' life, and from what 'I/We all can see' My/Our Friend, it's time for you to Rest now and go 'Up-wards and On-wards', see your wife Lucy again, show them Angels how to be 'ANGELS', and 'ABOVE ALL' My/Our good, Good Friend, it's time for you to get some Rest our ol'/Young Friend, because 'YOU of ALL people'; Deserve it. Sleep well My/Our old/Young Friend, sleep well. AB and Michael

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Posted at 03:37pm
Dear Uncle Les . You will not be forgotten for a long time. May we meet up on the other side and continue laughing. Love, Faith Ann Ivall
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FFaith Ann Ivalln

Posted at 03:27pm
Uncle Les was a force of good nature. I enjoyed my conversations with him because his wit, good humour, and stories of family history never faded for the many years I knew him. I relished his recall of his responsibility as a soldier during WW11, meeting up with his brothers Edward, my father, and Jim in Sicily. And the hard time returning to civilian life. I will not forget his ready handshake and smile. He enjoyed travel and even made it out west to visit me with Robert. He has left a huge impression and I will always remember him with great fondness and love. I share my sadness at his passing with Linde, Robert, and Donny. Faith Ivall

Brandi “Jenson” Stenvold

Posted at 07:38pm
I’m deeply saddened to hear of Les’s passing. I have many many fond memories of Les I will treasure. I was always known to Les as Whiskey, even when I would run into him in my adult years. My thoughts and prayers to The family.

Susan Douglas

Posted at 06:49pm
Les was one of the sweetest men I had the pleasure of knowing! He always had time for a chat, whether it was at the gas station, in the halls of the high school or on the street in town. He was a kind, friendly man and always a big smile! You are loved forever Les, by all the students who walked the school halls, and by the neighbours and residents of Rainy River who are proud to say, “ I remember Les, he was a good friend!”

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