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WESLEY, Leslie “Bill”

December 25, 1948 – Morley, AB
August 26, 2013 – Morley, AB

It is with great sadness that the Wesley family announce that Leslie Wesley, our beloved “Êda”, was called home by our Creator on August 26, 2013 at the age of 64 years.

Êda was strong believer in his Stoney Tradition heritage. He was a pipe holder amongst his people and presided over cultural functions when called upon. Êda received his education at the Morley Residential School from 1960-1965 and worked for the Stoney Cultural Patience Team throughout Southern Alberta as an elder native liaison worker. He participated in the Calgary Stampede from 1990-2013. Êda also worked with the Stoney Women’s Shelter. Êda is a great great great grandchild of Ta’otha.

Êda is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Annie Wesley; his children, Denise, Darryl (Laureen), Gabriel (Tiffany), Samantha (Harrum), Bernadine (Ace), Crystalian (Dennis) and best friends Charlie (Cassie) Mark and Joe Poucette (Dushee), his adopted children Cindy Noname, Cynthia Beaver, Braden Hunter, Deanna Wesley and Thomas Labelle. Ada cherished his 33 grandchildren; his 14 great grandchildren; also survived by his sisters, Mary Jane Wesley from Eden Valley, Donna, Georgie and Alice Kaquitts Jr.; his brothers Michael Wesley and Watson Kaquitts Sr.; sisters-in-law Mina, Beatrice, Ina, Zalinda; brother-in-law Mark Poucette Sr.; numerous other extended relatives and friends. We apologize if we have missed anyone.

Êda was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Susan Wesley; step-mother Alice Kaquitts Sr.; his children, Leslie Jr, Marvella and Cynthia; his brothers, Ken, Roy, Lawrence and Moses; sisters, Mabel and Veronica; grandchildren, Hendrick, Floydena and Maverick; and his in-laws Douglas and Beatrice Poucette.

Wake Services will be held at the residence of Leslie “Bill” Wesley (Morley, AB) on Saturday, August 31, 2013 and Sunday, September 1, 2013. Funeral Services will be held at Morley Gymnasium (Morley, AB) on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. A Graveside Service to follow at Wesley Cemetery (Morley, AB). Please forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Leslie Wesley, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Bill will be missed. I just saw him at the Calgary Stampede and had a laugh a minute visit. He had a good sense of humour and was always respectful of others. May everybody be cmforted in their loss. With the deepest admiration. Bill McLean

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  2. Vonnie(punky)Wesley :

    I’m very sorry ,for the loss of your husband. We just had a talk last week. He told me how much he misses my dad and I told him the same. And he told me not to worry and that he was still here. How much I’m gonna miss him. Love you auntie.

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  3. Donna Hogeland (Morley, AB) :

    Dear Annie and Family, I was deeply saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. He was always willing to share his knowledge of the Stoney Nakoda ancestral way of life. My late husband, Peter Wesley, had great respect for his cousin Bill. No doubt they are already telling stories with each other in Heaven! May each memory of Bill feel like a small patch of sunlight: warming your days, soothing your heart, and giving you peace. I hope it helps somewhat to know that others are keeping you all close in thought during this time of sadness. ~ Kindest personal regards, Donna

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