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February 25, 2017

Leslie Gilbert Jolley died peacefully at home in Kincardine, Feb. 25, 2017, at the age of 86. He is survived by his four children, Susan (Dennis) Robinson, Stephen (Heather) Jolley, Kenneth (Brenda) Jolley and Arthur (Emily) Jolley, all of Kincardine; his only sister, Irene Doornbos of Park Ridge, Illinois; and sister-in-law, Hilda Howes of England. Missed by his grandchildren, Holly Robinson, Carrie (Art) Houghton, Brent (Kaitie) Jolley, Lori-Anne Jolley, Kimberly Jolley, Marissa Jolley, Emily Jolley and Lauren Jolley; and great-grandchildren, Jake and McKinna Colley, Jared and Trent Houghton, Calen and Peyton Jolley, Kaden Linde, Colton Jolley-MacPherson and Acacia Kalish. Les was born and raised in Liverpool, England, where he was able to travel the world as a First Class Stationary Engineer with the British Merchant Marine. He and Joyce made the decision to move to Canada to begin a career with the Ontario Hydro nuclear program. He was one of the original licensed nuclear operators in Canada, and assisted in the commissioning of Douglas Point, and the Pickering and Bruce units. Les enjoyed playing the piano and established a band, "Les Jolley and the Jolly Jumpers," which played at many dances in the area during the 1960s and '70s. He served as a councillor on Kincardine Town Council, owned and operated the Kincardine Marina for many years, and his greatest love: designed and built his 18-hole golf course, Ainsdale, where he played 18 holes daily, even getting a hole-in-one at the age of 83! He was a quiet and humble man who loved his family, gardening, his dart league at the Kincardine Legion, the Liverpool Football Club, and playing seniors euchre. Les was predeceased by his wife and the love of his life, Joyce; his brothers-in-law, Andrew Doornbos of Park Ridge, Illinois; Bill Howes and Jack Howes, and his sister-in-law Betty Porter (Ed), all of England. Visitation is at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine, Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion memorial service will take place at 2:45 p.m., followed by the funeral celebrating Les’ life at 3 p.m. Interment Kincardine Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Anglican Church of the Messiah or the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 183, Kincardine, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.