Leslie Ann Jack
November 6, 1959 – July 8, 2020
Leslie Ann Jack, beloved wife and soulmate of Russell Jack and wonderful mother to her son Cole-Oliver of Priddis Greens, AB, who passed away peacefully early hours of the morning July 8, 2020 at the young age of 60 years.
Leslie was born on 06 November 1959 in Clitheroe, Lancashire, UK to Harold and Ann Whitworth. In 1989 she left the UK to visit friends in South Africa knowing she would not be returning to the UK. Days after her arriving in South Africa we met and immediately fell in love and got married in 1992. We immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1997.
Leslie was known as a fighter and inspired others, not to give up, even when things looked bleak. She relied on God to give her unwavering strength, hope and courage each day to keep fighting “the big fight”.
She was a ray of sunshine, she lit up the room she was in and always brought a smile to the face of someone.
Russell and Leslie lived a beautiful life and had a passion for travel. Their most memorable vacation was in 2018 when they visited Bermuda.
Leslie was the most wonderful and protective mother to her son Cole. She loved spoiling him and being his protector and taking care of him in every way she could. She got the “Best Mom” award each year for the past 25 years.
Leslie loved horses and was an avid rider for most of her life and will be dearly missed by her horse Badger who loved and admired her, and she him.
Leslie loved been part of the Anglian congregation and bible study classes. Learning more of God’s ways and being able to get closer and to serve God in the best possible way.
Leslie was always supported and had a wonderful friendship with congregation members Dawn, Joan, Nancy, Sandra, Colin, Dmitri and Gabriela, Jan and Dorothy and Stephen. Her horse friends Ruth, Marge and Bernice not forgetting her lifelong friendship with Maxi and Alison who she grew up with in the UK.
The Jack family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, and the kind and wonderful Dr. E. Bland and her team of compassionate nurses and support group. Too many to mention by name, but we are very grateful that you took care and supported Leslie in room 504 at the Southwood Hospice, Calgary.
May God heal me, body and soul. May my pain cease, may my strength increase, may my fears be released, may blessings, love, and joy surround me. Amen.
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Leslie Ann Jack
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July 23, 2020
Dearest Russell & Cole,
Our loss is great & I’m deeply saddened to lose such a beautiful Friend . . .
Gone way before her time, Leslie will always be a shining light in our hearts . . .
Leslie & I had the best adventures riding our horses in the foothills of the Rockies . . . She was an outstanding horsewoman . . . We would laugh & talk for hours while exploring the countryside on horseback . . .
Leslie was a loving & kind woman, a friend who will never be forgotten . . .
July 20, 2020
Russel and Cole
My first memory seems to have bypast you and gone directly to Leslie. I hope it was what she wanted me to say.
I can't express my grief at the loss of Leslie. I know that she is with the Lord and her memories are precious. She was a marvelous ray of sunshine with a smile that could lift any heart and her sense of humour was a joy to experience.
I am thankful that you have each other to hold on to through this difficult time. Many prayers will continue to go to the Lord for strength as you walk this walk. And the Lord will have his arms around you each step of the way.
Blessings and Prayers Carole
July 20, 2020
Leslie will forever exist in my heart and memory as a ray of sunshine. Her smile and her laugh could brighten anyone's day. She was beautiful inside and out. She was always so kind to me, and would often say something that would uplift me. One of my favourite memories of Leslie was when she came to our house for Easter dinner when her family was away. In conversation, I asked how she and Russ met, and we all swooned as she shared their beautiful love story! Afterwards we talked in-depth about Game of Thrones (the series finale was that night). We giggled a lot and had fun making our predictions. Leslie was a true gem -- and I will think of her fondly, especially when I attend church at St. James. She was such a special addition to our flock. I know Leslie is with Jesus now, and I know I will see her again in heaven. - and this fact gives me comfort. God bless Russ and Cole. May the Holy Spirit give them peace.
July 19, 2020
Dear Russell and Cole
Our thoughts and prayers are with you both during this difficult time.
Leslie will always be in our hearts and she will be greatly missed, her warmth smile, kindness and gentle spirit will always be remembered.
We will always cherish the beautiful memories of Leslie as she touched so many of us with her love and kindness.
With love and remembrance
Dmitri & Gabriela
July 17, 2020
To Russell and Cole,
Dale and I so enjoyed getting to know Leslie and you at St.James, Priddis, as you actively engaged in the small congregation there.
I especially enjoyed Leslie’s enthusiasm at our weekly bible study, led by Jan, as well as all of our great conversations afterwards.
Leslie always radiated a very special sparkle and she was never short of hugs, laughter and encouragement to everyone around her.
No matter all the trials, Leslie took what she faced with as much faith, hope and joy that she could muster, catching all the wonder and the beauty of every moment that she could find.
Heaven’s gain is a great loss to those of us, who still struggle through this life, especially losing Leslie, her loving presence, such a great personal loss to you Russell and your son Cole.
May Our Lord Jesus Christ’s loving arms embrace, comfort, bless and keep you both.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” Psalm 116:15
Blessings Liz & Dale Barry
July 15, 2020
Leslie and I shared a room in Tom Baker hospital on May 1, 2018. I woke up to news brought up by my doctor and hardly could cope with. This lady that later did I know was an angel sent by God introduced herself, her name is Leslie Ann Jack. We started to chat, shared, and soon giggled, laughed and prayed in between doctors-nurses check ups, family visits and many other things happened hour after hour in that recovery room.
The next morning came and we were told that we might be allowed to go home. Leslie took a shower, curled her hair and applied red lipstick on her lips. She said to me that she wanted to look her best for Russell. I smiled and felt so inspired to do the same. Things were not easy that day, but Leslie taught me how to fight with the strongest spirit and best attitude, and always put the best smile on.
We exchanged numbers, texts, updates and prayers. Though life takes over sometimes, we were always in each other's thoughts. Leslie Ann Jack, you exude positive energy & love in actions, thoughts and words. I am so blessed to share path with you.
Thank you for everything, my wonderful and special friend.
To Russell and Cole,
May fond memories of Leslie bring you comfort and warm embrace during this time in your life. We are here for you.
July 15, 2020
Leslie & I were taken by our mums, for walks in our prams as babies in 1960, This started our special bond and a lifelong friendship spanning 60years for which I am eternally grateful. We attended our village Barrow Congregational Church every Sunday, eventually even being in the children’s choir.
We went to our village primary school in 1964 leaving in 1971 to attend Secondary School, in the nearby town of Clitheroe. Although in separate classes we remained best friends, always laughing & giggling often with tears of joy. At times our parents told us to quieten down as they couldn’t hear the TV. We were often asked if we were sisters, sometimes we cheekily replied “Yes”!!
Horses were our passion from around seven years old learning to ride & care for them at a nearby riding school. We spent every weekend and school holidays out riding our horses along the country lanes around Pendle Hill. Leslie on her first pony,Tia Maria, myself Ted & Maxi, Sovereign. Also sharing family holidays away together. Happy days & memories.
Leslie was my chief bridesmaid in 1983 & later became a wonderful Godmother to my daughter Samantha in 1986. My son, Oliver was born after she left for her new life in South Africa. Leslie was adored by them, her love, fun, laughter & personality shone through.
Even though I missed her across the miles, I’m grateful she went, it was her destiny, to meet as she said her soulmate, true love Russell. To then be blessed again with their beloved son, Cole Oliver, whom she adored, a true gift of love.
Wealth is not in material things but in the wonderful friendships & relationships we experience along life’s path. We are all the richer for having had Leslie in our lives, for ever how long or short that may have been. We have been truly blessed. You are loved by so many, more that you will ever know.
The world has lost a true Angel but it’s time to rest, Leslie, sweet angel in Gods kingdom of heaven.
July 13, 2020
Russell & Cole,
I am sending my heart-felt condolences to both of you. So many of us will dearly miss Leslie's bubbly personality and how she brightened every day that we were in contact with her. Even just thinking of her brought an immediate smile !
July 13, 2020
Dear Russell and Cole,
Real and I express our deepest condolences.
We will miss Leslie so much.
Every memory is infused with the bright light of her smile, her warm nature, and her enthusiasm for life.
We are blessed to have been witness to the love between you and we thank you so much for that gift.
God of grace and glory, we thank you for Leslie, who was so near and dear to us, and who has now been taken from us.
We thank you for the friendship she gave and for the strength and peace she brought.
We thank you for the love she offered and received while she was with us on earth.
We pray that nothing good in this woman's life will be lost, but will be of benefit to the world; that all that was important to her will be respected by those who follow; and that everything in which she was great will continue to mean much to us now that she is dead.
We ask that she may go on living in her child and husband and family and friends; in their hearts and minds, in their courage and their consciences.
We ask you that we who were close to her may now, because of her death, be even closer to each other, and that we may, in peace and friendship here on earth, always be deeply conscious of your promise to be faithful to us in death.
May God grant us courage and confidence in the new life of Christ.
We ask this in the name of the risen Lord. Amen