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James Edmund Leslie

December 24, 1941June 24, 2020

James Edmund Leslie, age 78, passed away unexpectedly on June 24th, 2020 in Richmond, VA.

He is survived and will forever be loved by his best friend and devoted wife of 51 years Susan Poole Leslie, his three children Luke H. Leslie (Keather), Matthew J. Leslie (fiancée Senta) and Samantha L. Best (Chapman), daughter-in-law, Nancy Leslie, four grand daughters Campbell, Hannah, Eliza and Page and three grandsons, Christoper, Garrett and Connor and two soon to be grand daughters Lucia and Elliot.

Jim was born December 24, 1941 in Southern California. Jim graduated from Junipero Serra High School in 1959 and University of Southern California in 1963. He remained a die hard USC fan for all his life. He moved several times over the course of his life from Southern California to Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and Virginia Beach before finally settling in Richmond to be closer to his kids and grandkids. Jim developed lifelong friendships in each city he lived. He has been described as larger than life and always the life of the party. He was known for his story telling and his amazing sense of humor. Jim never met a stranger and was a master at building connections and strong personal relationships. He was incredibly invested in his friendships and maintained regular communication with his closest childhood friends even up until his final days of life.

His marriage of 51 years and his three children were his greatest accomplishments. His family was everything to him. He most recently celebrated Father’s Day with his whole family together for an outdoor backyard movie night with all of his kids and grandkids together. Jim will be remembered as a devoted husband, proud father, doting grandfather and trusted and faithful friend to many.

The family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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James Wentworth

July 1, 2020

Susan-John Harris emailed me about Jim’s passing. He was one of my closest friends ever. We first met, of course, at Serra in 1955. He and Nat were my two closest friends through high school. What a great sense of humor, and electric personality. You might recall we were all last together for our 50th reunion in 2009, and we picked up right from where we left off in Hermosa Beach.
You married an incredible guy, Susan. We all love him and will miss him.

Dot & Dave Durkin

June 30, 2020

Dave and I are so sorry to hear that Jim passed. Dave, of course, worked with Jim at Concoa in Virginia Beach, and our families became friends, tennis buddies and neighbors. Those were some of the best years of our life. We always had fun. I am sure his passing is a great loss to the Leslie family.

Neil Helm

June 30, 2020

Susan and family. I am sorry for your loss. I believe Jim and I are first cousins, but I have lost contact with you. I would love to re-connect with your family. Neil Helm, Virginia Beach, VA 757-227-5527.

Jim and Chris Watt

June 30, 2020

Oh Susan, we miss him already. He was such a great guy and so much fun. We have so many memories, bicycle along the boardwalk, on the roof. New Years Eve and our trips to the beaches of north Carolina. I almost forgot the Halloween parties. of course , the golf. he made everything so special and made us
laugh even when we were down. Tried getting in touch with you but could not. anything we can do just ask. Love and all our prayers to you and all of your family, Chris and Jim

Jeremy Moore

June 30, 2020

Susan and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was always larger than life, outgoing and the life of the party. From the day he recruited me for his tennis team when I first moved to the area, to hosting poker and Monday Night Football and to all the casual interactions at VBTCC, he always made me and everyone else laugh and enjoy life for what it is. I’m so sorry for your loss, and many of here in Virginia Beach are thinking of you and your family.

We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers,

Jeremy Moore

Michael Aschkenas

June 29, 2020

Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was always fun and a great competitor. I really enjoyed doing battle with him on the tennis front. I always considered us friendly enemies. Jim was a great guy and always fun. This really hit home as I turned 79 in May. I know this will be a tremendous loss for you and your family. I remember how close you two were. Please take care and stay well. You are in Renee and my prayers.

John Demosthenes

June 28, 2020

I was fortunate enough to know Jim when we were both members at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club. He was a wonderful friend to so many members there, and did a great job of organizing the "Leslie League". May his memory be eternal.