Kenyon, Lesley Blaire

Born May 7, 1942 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – Died May 27, 2020 in Owen Sound, Ontario
Daughter, sister, registered nurse, wife, mother, banker, landscape architect, systems analyst, grandmother, community dynamo, master baker, rock of the family.

Lesley was born into an air force family and her early years were spent at military locations across Canada – Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Greenwood, Summerside, and Centralia. Her father was posted to Prague, Czechoslovakia from 1954 to 1957 as the military attaché. During this time she and her brother attended schools in Switzerland. As her father was Canada’s official spy in Prague, everywhere the family went in Czechoslovakia the secret service was sure to follow.

In 1961 her father was posted to Paris, France but she decided to remain in Canada staying with her grandparents in Ottawa and entering into the nursing program at Ottawa General Hospital. Through a good friend in the nursing program she met her first husband Howard. His job with an oil company involved various assignments in Ontario including Toronto, where their son, Steven, was born and Sudbury, where their daughter, Andrea, was born. Lesley continued with her nursing career at these locations. Along the way she decided a career change was needed so she became a customer service officer, for four years, at CIBC’s Chinatown branch in downtown Toronto.

When her marriage ended she decided another career change was in order and enrolled in the landscape architecture program at the University of Toronto. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1982.  Unfortunately, at that time the economy was not that great and landscape architecture jobs were in very short supply. During this period she met and married her second husband, Steve.  They decided to decamp to Calgary where she was hired as a systems design analyst involved in the implementation of a computerized patient record system for the Calgary health region. Her career in the Calgary health system lasted for 22 years.

In 2006, she ‘retired’ both from her job and her marriage and moved to Meaford to be close to her daughter and granddaughter. At various times she was secretary to the Meaford Hospital Auxiliary, Meaford Curling Club, Meaford Cultural Foundation, and parade and décor committees for Meaford’s annual Scarecrow Invasion (also a master kazooist in the Scarecrow Parade); committee member for the Advocates of Memorial Park; the gardener of the healing garden of Meaford Hospital; and a contributor to her church’s newsletter.

She lived the proverb of ‘a place for every thing and every thing in its place’, to the despair of family members who attempted to emulate her. Up to the final hours before her passing she was making sure that there was going to be a smooth transition to whoever was going to pick up the reins after her.

She is survived and will be sorely missed by her brother Andrew Kenyon (Linda Rothney), son Steven Hamlin (Lorraine Lanoue), daughter Andrea Hamlin (Daniel Reid), grandchildren John Arthur Hamlin, Cole Edward Hamlin, Rhys William Hamlin, and Sophie Jasmine Reid, niece Naomi Zohoor (Arash Zohoor), and nephew Tyler Kenyon (Deborah Andrews), and finally Cleo and Freddie, two of the most outspoken dogs in Meaford.

A celebration of life in Lesley’s honour will be held once the covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

If you are considering donations in her memory please make them to the foundations of the Meaford Hospital or Owen Sound Hospital, the SPCA, or SMILE Animal Society (cheques only please). Donations may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

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A celebration of life in Lesley’s honour will be held once the covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation, Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation, the SPCA, or SMILE Animal Society (cheques only please).
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Sharon Dunn
    Saturday, May 30, 2020

    My condolences to all of Lesley’s family, I was saddened to hear of Lesley’s passing. My dog Jewelz and I use to meet Lesley on the Meaford golf course when she was out on her morning walks with her much loved dogs Freddy & Cleo. Lesley was a friendly and lovely lady and will be missed by everyone that knew and loved her.

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  2. Wendy & Willy
    Sunday, May 31, 2020

    So sorry to hear of Lesley’s passing. She was a wonderful lady.

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  3. Trina Inglis
    Sunday, May 31, 2020

    What great times we had curling together over the years. I have fond memories of the Curl for The Cure Ladies Bonspiel 2008 where Lesley and I participated along with two other ladies. Lesley had no boundaries when it came to volunteering. She will long be remembered for all of her work with the Scarecrow Invasion. It has been a pleasure to know Lesley, and I will always remember her.

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  4. Darlene Diver
    Monday, June 1, 2020

    Andrea and family, our condolences on the passing of your Mom. Times like this are very difficult, remembering the good times you had are memories forever.
    Darlene and Steve Diver

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  5. Scott Luce
    Monday, June 1, 2020

    I’m so sorry to hear of Lesley’s passing. I knew her as a passionate lover of Memorial Park and walking her cherished Mexican’s – Chloe and Freddie. Her Grandchildren were also frequent topics of conversation. Her eyes would light up with pride in discussing their adventures. My condolences to her family, both human and canine. The park wont seem the same without her.
    Scott Luce

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  6. Mary Johnston
    Monday, June 1, 2020

    I first met Lesley at church while doing funeral lunches, and then when walking on the golf course with her beloved dogs, Freddy and Cleo. She was a gracious lady and will be missed.

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  7. Norma White
    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Sincere sympathy to Steven, Andrea and their families on the recent passing of your Mother. She was a wonderful caring woman. My association with her revolved around her involvement with the Meaford Hospital Auxiliary. She was our very competent secretary during the past few years and went above and beyond to see that our organization ran smoothly. She was always willing to help with fundraisers such as bazaars, fashion shows, concerts, etc. The flower beds, especially the Healing Gardens, were Lesley’s pride and joy where she spent many volunteer hours to ensure the grounds always looked beautiful. She gave her best no matter what task she took on. I consider it a pleasure to have worked along side her and to call her my friend.

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  8. Rod & Gail MacAlpine
    Wednesday, June 3, 2020

    Lesley was an amazing “sidekick” to each of us in our endeavours with the Meaford Culture Foundation and the Scarecrow Parade. She added immeasurably to the success of both organizations. She set the bar high in everything she undertook. Above all, she was a terrific friend to both of us. Lesley will certainly be missed by her many friends. Our condolences to Andrea and family.

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  9. Rick Baldwin
    Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    As a friend of Andy’s, I first met Lesley in the late 1960s.
    My siblings were brothers. I thought that if I had a sister, I would like her to be like Lesley, understanding, kind, and with a beautiful personality.
    My condolences to Lesley’s family.

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  10. Elizabeth Park
    Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    Sincere condolences to all of Lesley’s family on her passing. Lesley nurtured our gardens for several years and they never had it so good before or since. She treated every plant with special care and consideration. We also loved having her here. She was such a pleasure to talk with and she worked like a trooper on even the most inclement days. We will never, ever forget her lovely personality and the way she made our gardens bloom. A true joy to know!

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  11. Margaret MacKenzie
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    Lesley and I went through the landscape architecture program at the University of Toronto together. I still remember the time we stayed up all night working on a joint final project one year. We shared our lives in long hand-written letters each Christmas. Lesley’s letters were full of news about her children, grand-children, her community work—her dogs. I so admired her ability to change course and throw herself into the next stage of life with such gusto. My sincere condolences to Lesley’s family.

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