Leslie grew up in a large family on a farm with cows, pigs, chickens and 100 pigeons. He began singing solos at 10 and that love of music carried over into gospel quartets and choirs. His family moved to B.C. in 1934. Leslie had to leave school after Grade 10 to work on the new farm. He rededicated his faith in Christ at 18, was baptized and spent 2 years at Winger Bible School in Abbotsford and Yarrow, B.C. During Leslie and Mary’s courtship, he was a conscientious objector, 1941–43, supervising and building forestry camps in Campbell River, B.C. He will be remembered as a steadfast man of faith, prayer and hospitality.