Lester William Pickett

PICKETT

Lester William

June 23, 1924 – September 4, 2007


Lester passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 4, 2007. Survived by sons Scott (Denise), Ken (Rolande), a daughter Wendy and grandchildren Ross and Julie. Predeceased by his wife Iris in 1972, his parents, his sisters Marg and Betty, survived by brother Jack and sisters Daisy, Florence, Pat and Carolynne. Born on June 23rd, 1924 in Shaunavon, Sask., Les was a grandson of homesteaders who came to Canada in a covered wagon from Wisconsin in a two year journey that ended in the Palliser Triangle area of South-West Saskatchewan. His father Claude was originally from Fairchild, Wisconsin and his mother from Birkenhead, Cheshire. He was raised as a Westerner around horses, cattle, grain, combines, wind, snow, drought, and bitter cold. Les helped the family survive the depression by working for the local bakery from the age of ten, as he delivered bread by horse and wagon to the town. This eventually led to full employment and skills that were used over a lifetime. He volunteered for service in the Canadian Army during WWII and returned to Canada with a Scottish war bride. Les began to raise his family in Shaunavon, but eventually enlisted in the RCAF. Over the next twenty years, he would transfer from Station Calgary, Kittigazuit NWT, Norman Wells NWT, North Luffenham, Rutland, England, Sea Island, Holberg, Comox, Goose Bay, Air Force College, Toronto, Portage La Prairie, and Vernon. Always industrious, tinkering was high on his list of interests. There was no benefit in replacing an item for $5.00 when he could fix the old one himself for $14.00. He enjoyed a good common sense discussion, which could easily become a flat out argument. Les had a wide variety of interests, and always had a high sense of honesty, decency, and fair play. A small graveside service has been held, and those wanting to express their condolences are invited to do an act of kindness or donate to a charity of one’s choice, in Les’ memory. Join us as we wish him well, on his journey to a quieter and happier place.