William "Les" Leslie Burgon

29 October , 19278 May , 2019

91 years. Passed away peacefully at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Beloved husband of Shirley. Dear father of William Gerald Burgon & his wife Laurie of London and Joanne Leslie Anderson of Burlington. Dear grandfather of 9 grandchildren and great-grandfather of 17 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Robert Burgon & his wife Jan of Windsor. Predeceased by his son Robert Alan Burgon (2003), his daughter Carolyn Nancy Plant (2018), his grandson Jason Anderson (2006) & and his brother Alan Burgon. “Les” was an employee of Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. for over 30 years, retiring as Manager of the Mechanical Drafting Dept. in 1987. No visitation or services will be held. Cremation has taken place. A special thank you is extended to the staff of St. Elizabeth Healthcare as well as the staff of the Stephanie & Barry Zekelman Wing at the HDGH Palliative Care Unit for their care and compassion. If desired, memorial donations made to Transition to Betterness (T2B) would be appreciated by the family. Please join us in remembering William by visiting our memorial at

William Leslie Burgon was born to Fred and Irene Burgon October 29, 1927. A lifetime resident of Windsor, Ontario who served in World War II in 1944 and 1945, Les married the love of his life Shirley June Howe in May of 1947. He worked in the mechanical drafting trade all of his career, starting with Devilbiss Canada and retiring in 1987 as the Manager of the Mechanical Drafting Department with Michigan Consolidated Gas Company in Detroit. A man of many talents, Les was an accomplished artist working primarily in oils, producing 100's of paintings and participating in many local art shows. A capable golfer, he won the Seniors Match Tournament at Beach Grove Golf Club in 1997 at age 70. In his late 70's, Les discovered he was an animal lover when he adopted a pup who quickly captured his heart and was a close companion for 13 years. He was always interested in learning and growing. In his 80's, Les took up playing the ukulele. In their mid eighties, Les & Shirley went on a river cruise in Europe. Les and Shirley spent their winters in Florida for almost 25 years A world traveler, Les & Shirley visited many countries around the world. With an English heritage, Les was a true anglophile visiting England more than a dozen times. He loved his family and many close friends and he will be missed and forever remembered by them.


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Transition to Betterness (T2B)

14 May 2019

On behalf of Transition to Betterness (T2B), we would like to extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of William Leslie Burgon. Our thoughts and hearts are with you at this time.

Warmest Regards,
The T2B family

John & Iris Speirs

12 May 2019

Dear Shirley & Family,

It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Les.
Please accept our deepest condolences.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Lots of Love

The Speirs Family

Michael Blow

11 May 2019

Although I didn’t spend a lot of time with Les, I do know he was a caring loving father who raised his children to become the same type of person he was. Thank you Les for allowing me to be apart of Bills life who I would have never met without you! Rest in piece my friend.

Bob and Martha Scully

11 May 2019

Bill and Family, Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.

Bill Burgon

10 May 2019

Dear Dad. Let me begin by saying you were a wonderful father and role model to me. You always taught by example. A true gentleman to the very end. Exceedingly polite and non complaining, Even in your final days that were so obviously difficult , your kind demeanour never swayed. There was an obvious bond between you and the outstanding health care givers that worked with you over the past two years. You made friends easily. The nurses and support staff at HDGH were always saying how sweet you were. I look back fondly remembering all the good times we had as children. The weekends at Point Pelee in the summer and tobogganing and ice skating in the winter. Later as adults we travelled together to England and enjoyed many trips to Florida. You kept detailed diaries of those trips and I treasure them now. I remember the smell of Old Spice as you came in the door after work. I always think of you whenever I get a hint of that fragrance. You never skimped or took the easy route. You built additions onto the family home with nothing more than hand tools. Carpenter,bricklayer,electrician,plumber and painter you did it all and did it well. You were never intimidated by any new challenge.Self taught you became a master of whatever task you tackled. You became an artist and sold original paintings at Art in the Park. As a great golfer, you enjoyed many happy times with your long time friends. A hole in one at Beach Grove and senior match play winner at 70 years old! You had a well developed sense of humour. Your prank letters to friends and relatives using your nom de plume "Fulton J Albright" were classic. At 91 years old, you still completed the daily crossword puzzle. Very bright and still in control to the very end! Your family and friends will remember you long after you have left this world to reunite with all of our dearly departed. I will miss you always but I have many great memories to reflect back on. Rest in peace now Dad. I've got this. Bill

Wayne Dean

10 May 2019

My condolences to the family on their loss. Mr. B always seemed to be observing me with one eyebrow raised and I deserved it. He none the less treated me like an adult and not the smart mouth teen I was. Rest In Peace.

Judith Howe

10 May 2019

You all are in my thoughts and prayers