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Leslie Roy “Les” Bushfield

July 22, 1945 - September 15, 2023

Peacefully at Parkwood Institute at the age of 78 after a three year battle with prostate cancer. 

Beloved husband and best friend of Jan (Byers) for 54 years. Loving father of Trevor and Danna Dyer (Eddie) and proud grandfather of Jack Dyer, all of London.

Survived by siblings Ruth Longley of Rogers, Arkansas, John (Lynn) of Navan, Donna Nicholson (Andrew) of Orleans, and brother-in-law Jim Byers (Janet) of Blackstock as well as many nieces and nephews.

Son of George and Irene Bushfield, Les grew up near Brockville. He graduated from the University of Guelph and spent almost his entire career teaching chemistry and mathematics in London at Sir Frederick Banting and H.B. Beal secondary schools.

Les approached a succession of hobbies and interests with passion and dedication – coaching basketball, stage-managing student theatre productions, playing golf, chess, bridge, wood-working, solving sudoku puzzles, and searching for the best french fries in London. His favourite summer pastime was maintaining his beloved cottage on the St. Lawrence River at Ivy Lea, a labour of love that required his many handyman skills.

Avid car travellers, he and Jan visited all ten provinces and more than half of the states. Since retiring they discovered the joys of cruising and spent many pleasant days at sea and exploring foreign countries.

Cremation has taken place. There will be no services.

Those wishing to make a donation in Les’ memory might consider the London Regional Cancer Program or the London Food Bank.

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We worked with Les at Beal. He was so kind to our ESL students and a good teacher and mentor to all his math students. A very dedicated teacher who always had his students' best interests at heart. Our sincere condolences to his family.

~ John & Sandra Dixon

Jan I remember you and Les from the glory days of Banting in the 70’s. Les was always cool,,calm and collected with a great sense of humour. Les will always be remembered.

~ Rob Bondy

To the Bushfield family- My sincere sympathy at this time. Trevor and Danna your dad was a true supportive person who was always at all your school activities. Cherish all your fond memories.

~ Julia McNaughton

I send my sincere condolences during this time of sorrow. The Bible promises that your loved one will live again on a beautiful paradise earth when death will be no more. (John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:4)

~ Linnie Ellis

I was blessed to have Mr. Bushfield for my chemistry classes back in the 1970’s. He was a fabulous teacher, an even better role model as a gentleman, and his taking personal interest and encouraging his students was greatly appreciated. His humor was the best, his adherence to insisting on our best efforts academically or athletically was appreciated, and he will always be remembered as how a dedicated teacher should be. Thank you so much for teaching us and being a part of our secondary school memories, Mr. Bushfield. You were very special. Sincere condolences to Mr. Bushfield’s family and friends.

~ Thomas E. Meads

For many years at Beal Les was a fellow teacher and a good friend. My sincere condolences to the family.

~ Sally Gaverluk

I remember Les as a trusted and respected colleague at Beal. After teaching basic English through Mathto recently arrived refugees , I would graduate them to Les. They were diverse in ages, origins, cultures and needs yet Les taught them all with his own brand of steady, patient professionalism until they were ready to continue their difficult journeys. We owe him so much.

~ Lynn Sanders

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