John Leslie, (Jack) SFCA
of Campbell River, died peacefully at home on Sunday, February 22, 2004, at the age of 81, with his wife and family at his bedside. Jack will be sorely missed and loved forever by his best friend and wife Lia; his daughters and sons Maureen Grundle, of Vancouver, Janis McDonald (Mike) of Surrey, Leslie Corsiato (Barry) of North Vancouver, Alison Grundle of Vancouver, Patrick Grundle (Tina) of Surrey, Sean McGookin of New Westminster, Chris Agassiz (Wilda) of West Vancouver and Judy Troll (Bob) of West Vancouver. He is also mourned by his brother Bert Grundle (Lou) of Powell River, his sister Maureen Betts of Port Alberni, his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, much-loved nieces and nephews and friends.
Jack lived his early years in Powell River, and after his service overseas in the Air Force during the early ‘40’s, began his studies at the Vancouver Art School. He was Creative Director for a major advertising agency, Art Director for the B.C. Electric (remember the bus posters?), publisher and editor of Western Fish and Game Magazine, creator of the wildlife information signs seen throughout the parks of British Columbia and, perhaps most memorably, the inspired painter of hundreds of wildlife and landscape images. His works have provided pleasure for others and will be his creative footprint in the sands of time. Jack’s other passions were fly-fishing and golf. The fly-fishing gave him countless hours of peaceful pleasure while the golf kept him connected with friends. It also gave him an opportunity to meet people from all over the world – golfing with Sean Connery comes to mind as a major event.
Family and friends will remember him for his wit, integrity, and passion for the truth. His greatest wish was that his family would pass on his love of the outdoors and art and remember the importance of family. He modelled death with dignity and met this inevitable event with bravery and strength.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, March 20, 2004, at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Campbell River, Reverend Peter Parker officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Jack would like to be remembered through a donation to the B.C. Cancer Foundation, Campbell River Hospice, or Campbell River Hospital Foundation.