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KISH, Leslie “Les”

May 11, 1947 – September 20, 2013

It is with great sadness that the family of Les Kish announces his sudden passing after completing a successful day of fishing on the Old Man River.

Les is survived by his wife Jeanette of forty-four years; his daughter Laraine (Gavin); grandson Wilder; son Colin (Alison); brother George (Pat); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Andrew and his parents, Leslie and Kathleen Kish.

Les was born in Rumince, Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Canada in 1949 with his mother and father, settling on a farm north of Cupar, Saskatchewan. Les attended both the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology in 1970. He then moved to Calgary where he started his career at Tenneco Oil and Gas. He later worked for Sundance Exploration and Kissinger Petroleum. Les joined Cimarron Petroleum Ltd in 1983 and remained there until its sale in 1997, working as Vice President of Exploration. Les was personally responsible for sizable discoveries such as the Nisku at Bashaw and Glauconite at Hays, in addition to mentoring his staff of geologists. Les then took some time off to recharge his batteries and later helped start Standard Oil and Gas where he worked until he officially retired a few years ago. His reputation as a top oil finder and his willingness to help anyone, whether in business or in personal life, was well known.

Les was a kind hearted and caring husband, father and grandfather. He cherished his family and was always proud of them. He dearly loved spending a day fishing with his son Colin or riding and hiking with his daughter Laraine or talking shop with her. While Les was not a gardener, he was always willing to help Jeanette with some of the harder tasks in her vegetable and flower gardens. Most recently, he enjoyed spending quality time with his grandson Wilder, such as reading stories and doing puzzles with him, playing trains, camping, and taking walks in the bush with him.

Les was passionate about the outdoors and loved the land. He would either have been a geologist or a farmer. He loved to hunt and pack a camp into the wilderness on horseback, never forgetting his fly rod. He rode numerous mountain trails on his own and with the Ridge Riders Club. More recently, he focused his time fishing the Bow River and southern mountain streams. It was always a good day for fishing.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Les Kish, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Les was a terrific person and will be deeply missed. He always had a great smile and was so caring with friends always including them and making them feel welcome. My deepest sympathy to the family. Nova

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  2. Barry Lefkowitz :

    So sorry to here such sad news Jeanette.

    I will look forward to seeing you on ok bridge once again Some time in the future.

    Barry

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  3. Kathy Tarnowetski :

    Dear Laraine and Family: We are so saddened to hear of your loss of such a special person.
    Our hearts are with you. How special that you share and carry on his love of geology Laraine.

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  4. Dear Jeanette and family,

    Debbie and I are truly saddened by Les’s death. Les was a good friend and mentor and was always available to discuss the current stage of affairs in the oil patch. I will miss his insight and although many years have passed I always welcomed seeing him at every opportunity. I have so much enjoyed my occasional encounters with Laraine in the industry and saw the intuition and brilliance that was a reflection of Les and his tremendous career as an “oil finder”. I will never forget my days with Les at Kissinger as he was truly a great colleague and teacher of the mystical art of being a successful petroleum geologist.

    His passing is reminder to live our lives to the fullest as he exemplified as a husband , father, grandfather, a true outdoorsman and good friend. Les’s memory will always remain with us.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Warren and Debbie

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  5. The Winter Family :

    We are so very sad to hear about Les. We will miss his bright smile and good humour at all the Ridegerider events.
    love The Winter Family
    (Howie, Cathie & Caitlyn)

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  6. Sue & Gerry Burrows :

    We were both shocked when we heard the news of Les’ passing. Our sincere condolences to Jeanette and family.
    Les was a kind and gentle man. We enjoyed our chats around the campfire at Ridge Riders and his presence will be missed very much.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  7. Len & Arlene Antal :

    We were saddened to hear of Les’ passing. Shirley & Marshall told us of enjoyable visits they had with the two of you. Sounds like you have enjoyed you life in Alberta and family times. Thinking of you at this time, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  8. Bill & Gloria Kaufmann :

    Jeanette & Family:
    Shocked to hear this sad news. Bill, while Exploration Manager at Tenneco Oil, ad the pleasure of interviewing and hiring Les in his graduating year at the University of Saskatchewan. Bill spotted the attributes of strong work ethic of a Saskatchewan farm boy with good academics an inquiring mind.

    It was a pleasure to mentor Les, who soon demonstrated his ability to translate his university and post university geological training to finding oil and gas. He had a “nose” for finding Oil!
    Equally important was his likeable, calm nature whether in or out of the office environment. One of Bill’s favourite guys; our prayers are with you all.

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  9. To Jeanette and Family:
    Very sad to hear about Les. I met Les at Uof S in Regina. We shared an appartment for
    1 term at University. Les was a very nice person,who left us much to early in life. Our
    prayers are with you and your family at this trying time. We will always cherish the memory
    of a truly great person.

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  10. Charles Kish and Family :

    Our sincerest condolences to you and your family on Les’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Les will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

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  11. Dear Jeanette, Laraine, Colin and family,

    I was indeed shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of your beloved, husband, father, grandfather. My deepest sympathies go out to all of you as you adjust to life without Les’s physical presence with you. But hold fast to all the wonderful memories of your life together for so many wonderful years. Keep him in your hearts and daily conversations to always be surrounded by his love.

    Sincerely,
    Betty

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  12. To Jeanette, Laraine, Colin and family,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family, it was very sad to hear about Les’s passing. I attended the touching memorial yesterday to say goodbye to a friend that I first met in 2001 while sharing office space on the same floor. Les & I would trade fishing stories and discuss geological prospects. We always talked about going out fishing together but for some reason or another never did. This morning I went out fishing in Les’s honour and caught and released a 24″ Brown Trout, that fish was for you. May you always find that perfect fishing spot and tight lines forever.

    John Gee

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  13. So sorry for your loss.Thinking of all of you
    at this difficult time .
    Aunty Jan

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  14. We spent a month with Jeanette and Les in New Zealand. The best Holiday I’ve ever had. Because Les was such a nice man and great company. He will be sadly missed by us both.
    Roy and Marcia Jupp

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