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Leslie John Druitt

July 31, 1962August 30, 2020
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Leslie John Druitt, 58, of The Woodlands, Texas, passed away on August 30, 2020, in The Woodlands.

Born July 31, 1962, in Condobolin, NSW, Australia to the late Leslie John and Betty Pauline (Kildea) Druitt, Les was a keen scholar and avid reader who set his sights on success at a young age. Graduating from Condobolin High School in 1980, he went on to complete his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of New South Wales in 1984 and his Master of Business in Accounting and Finance at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia in 1993. He developed life-long friendships during this time. It was on a lucky Friday night, July 13, 1990, that Les met Diane in North Sydney and instantly fell in love with her on the dance floor and was happily married less than a year later, on June 29, 1991. Les developed many strong professional and personal friendships within his working career in the NSW Government, EDS, TPI, and within his own company, Integris Applied. Les’ greatest work accomplishment and pride was developing and leading his team within Integris Applied. Les believed strongly in the ideal of integrity in the workplace and was proud of his employees sharing his same ideals. Les was not only a creative thinker within work but also in home design. Les played a significant role in the design and construction of his and Diane’s first house in Bella Vista, NSW, Australia, where they also welcomed home their daughter Annaliese after her birth in August 2001. In 2002, Les moved Diane and Annaliese to The Woodlands, Texas, USA, where he continued to add creative improvements to their home and welcomed their son, Lachlan, into the world in August 2003. Les was a devoted husband and father. Family always came first. He was keen to spend as much time with his wife and children as possible. He loved sitting around the kitchen table with Diane, Annaliese, and Lachlan talking politics and history and planning family holidays around the world. He also loved meeting up with extended family and friends and enjoying a glass of wine, martini, or a cuppa. There were always elaborate stories to tell, jokes to be made, 70’s and 80’s songs to be sung, board games to be played, Monty Python quotes to be retold, and many, many laughs. Les loved to share his experience of life and his travels around the world. Les considered love and caring for family, integrity, and empathy important values in life and hoped to influence others to share these, too. Les will be dearly missed by those who called him Bubby, Dad, son-in-law, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, and dear friend. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Diane Monica Druitt, and his children, Annaliese Maree Druitt (19) and Lachlan Jack Druitt (17). He is also survived by his brothers, Darrin and Gavin Druitt and his sister Mardi Thomas.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's or the American Cancer Society. Please share a memory and view the photo collage of Les at www.forestparkthewoodlands.com

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Wendy Anderson

October 15, 2020

I met Les when I first joined TPI and had the pleasure of working with him on several projects in Australia. I don't think I ever saw Les sad or grumpy. He was always smiling and always made the work day fun and interesting. I know he was devoted to Diane and his children. He will be sorely missed by all.

Diane Elliott

October 3, 2020

Spending time with Les was always a pleasure and always memorable. He was such a light in any room. His kindness and wit were what made him so fun. My favorite memories of Les include a Halloween party that he and Diane hosted. What amazing hosts! My other favorite memory is from a birthday dinner that Annaliese had at the Cheesecake Factory. D'Artagnan and I got to sit at the "adult" table with Les and Diane. Les skillfully carried on a conversation with everyone at the table, including D'Artagnan, who was a teenager at the time. Les had a way of making everyone feel important and included. He is missed by all!

AnaBelle Elliott

October 2, 2020

Mr. Les was the kind of person who looked you in the eye and greeted you by name, with a smile of course. His family was so lucky to get to know him as their father and husband, and he was so incredibly lucky to call Annaliese and Lachlan his kids, and Mrs. Diane his wife. Anyone who has gotten to have a conversation with or spend an afternoon at the Druitt’s with Mr. Les, Mrs. Diane, Annaliese, and Lachlan, are very lucky because they got to spend time with a family that is strong, hard-working, welcoming, inspirational, and loving; and they still are.

Marcelo Goncalves

September 24, 2020

I met Les back in 1995 in Sydney - we worked together at both EDS and TPI, and kept in touch on and off since then - sharing some family photos last year.

Les was always so happy and funny - always seeing the bright side of things, and making difficult situations easy to deal with. I remember Les explaining to me some weird Australian sayings like “the bird outside the bikkie tin” and a few other strange ones, and we always ended up laughing and having fun.

I remember fondly when Lesw and Diane attende my engagement party in Sydney, 20 years ago - both of them so happy, having fun, and I thought ... ‘yes that looks good, like’s supposed to be’ - their magnificent house in Bella Vista and the warmth they both have towards their friends and family.

I have not seen as many people as happy as Les in my life, he was truly special and made everyone around him feel happy and loved - that’s an amazing gift to have.

I will miss you Les - I’m sure you are still making people laugh and have fun, wherever you are.

Big hug,

Marcelo

Sheila Pickett

September 23, 2020

I met Les only a handful of times through work but he made a lasting impression. He was always kind and engaging in my interactions with him. He was an exceptional listener and always had a wise and thoughtful response. I'm sure he is deeply missed. My prayers go out to all of his family and friends.

Steffi & Jay Grandorf

September 22, 2020

Les was such a warm, open, friendly and inteligent man. He always greeted everyone with his big, signiture smile and was such a pleasure to be with.
When we had just moved to the neighborhood you invited us over for dinner - it was such an engaging, laughter filled evening that lasted well into the morning hours!!
At Parties, at Halloween or just bumping into each other while out and about, he always had a funny story or anecdode to tell. The conversations flowed effortlessly as he was not only a great story teller but also could listen and was interested in the view points of others. Friends that met him at Parties always knew who we meant when we talked about him as he left such a positive impression with everyone. He left us too soon; we always thought there would be many more fun get togethers to come...
He leaves such a big void in the neighborhood and in all our lives. We can only try to imagine how big his loss is felt in your, Annaliese and Lachlan’s life. You are in our thoughts and prayers

Don Lorson

September 18, 2020

Numerous days were spent with Les (and Diane) sharing a neighborly glass of red wine and catching up on recent stories and business developments taking place since our last visit. Memories of their Halloween parties still pop up as do many other instances of their friendship and kindness. Les will truly be missed as his departure was way too soon, but as one song lyric states: "only the good die young". Rest is peace my friend !!

Valerie and Victoria Routzong

September 14, 2020

We are deeply saddened at the news of Les' passing. Our family has been friends with the Druitt's for many years, and we have always known Les to be someone who is full of life.

We have very fond memories of getting together at tailgate parties, birthday parties, concerts, during the holidays, and of course attending their Halloween parties. It seems like just yesterday little 3-year-old Victoria was being chased around the Druitt's house by Les, dressed in his "Mad Hatter" costume.

We've enjoyed reviewing the pictures of the family's vacations over the years. The pictures reminded me of all the Christmas cards we would receive from the Druitt's and how I looked forward to seeing where they had travelled to that year.

Les was always fun to be around and we always shared many laughs. He was a great friend, but was an even better husband and father to his family. We send our condolences to Diane, Annaliese, Lachlan, and extended family of Les. He will be dearly missed.

Love,
Valerie and Victoria Routzong

Sheila Dieterich

September 13, 2020

When we first moved to The Woodlands Les, Diane and the kids stopped by to introduce themselves & welcome us to the neighbourhood. It has been wonderful knowing this great family over the years even though we have since moved back to Canada.
As so many others have shared here we will genuinely miss Les’ wonderful personality.
Remembering all the fun times as friends and neighbours.... music trivia to houseboating to conversations around the kitchen table. Les was great at sharing both intelligent and fun stories while always taking the time to listen as well. His knowledge of 70s and 80s music was impressive as was his sense of humour and wit.
Les, You will be greatly missed.
Diane, Lachlan and Annaliese, We are so sorry to hear of your heartbreaking loss. May loving memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.
Sending love and hugs to you all.
Sheila, Dean, Conrad & Hudson

David Kaiser

September 13, 2020

Diane,

We can hardly believe Les is gone. For us Les was a force of Life. The image of his eyes lighting up when he was telling a story, (laced throughout with historical anecdotes, of course), and his voice carrying that extra measure of excitement as he shared his tale, is how we will remember him. That, and sitting around your table chatting as he poured some wine or cocktail into our glass, all the while saying “Just try this - Just try it” - for Les was the ultimate host. We are blessed to have had him as a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss.

David, Jennifer, Matthew, and William Kaiser

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Biography

Leslie John Druitt, 58, of The Woodlands, Texas, passed away on August 30, 2020, in The Woodlands.

Born July 31, 1962, in Condobolin, NSW, Australia to the late Leslie John and Betty Pauline (Kildea) Druitt, Les was a keen scholar and avid reader who set his sights on success at a young age. Graduating from Condobolin High School in 1980, he went on to complete his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of New South Wales in 1984 and his Master of Business in Accounting and Finance at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia in 1993. He developed life-long friendships during this time. It was on a lucky Friday night, July 13, 1990, that Les met Diane in North Sydney and instantly fell in love with her on the dance floor and was happily married less than a year later, on June 29, 1991.

Les developed many strong professional and personal friendships within his working career in the NSW Government, EDS, TPI, and within his own company, Integris Applied. Les’ greatest work accomplishment and pride was developing and leading his team within Integris Applied. Les believed strongly in the ideal of integrity in the workplace and was proud of his employees sharing his same ideals. Les was not only a creative thinker within work but also in home design. Les played a significant role in the design and construction of his and Diane’s first house in Bella Vista, NSW, Australia, where they also welcomed home their daughter Annaliese after her birth in August 2001. In 2002, Les moved Diane and Annaliese to The Woodlands, Texas, USA, where he continued to add creative improvements to their home and welcomed their son, Lachlan, into the world in August 2003.

Les was a devoted husband and father. Family always came first. He was keen to spend as much time with his wife and children as possible. He loved sitting around the kitchen table with Diane, Annaliese, and Lachlan talking politics and history and planning family holidays around the world. He also loved meeting up with extended family and friends and enjoying a glass of wine, martini, or a cuppa. There were always elaborate stories to tell, jokes to be made, 70’s and 80’s songs to be sung, board games to be played, Monty Python quotes to be retold, and many, many laughs. Les loved to share his experience of life and his travels around the world. Les considered love and caring for family, integrity, and empathy important values in life and hoped to influence others to share these, too. Les will be dearly missed by those who called him Bubby, Dad, son-in-law, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin, and dear friend.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Diane Monica Druitt, and his children, Annaliese Maree Druitt (19) and Lachlan Jack Druitt (17). He is also survived by his brothers, Darrin and Gavin Druitt and his sister Mardi Thomas.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's or the American Cancer Society.