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Memorial for Thomas Edward Leslie

Born in Brownwood, Texas on Oct. 31, 1944
Departed on May 15, 2019 and resided in Albany, Oregon.
 
Service: Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019
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Thomas Edward Leslie
10/31/1944 - 5/15/2019

Ed Leslie, 74, of Albany, passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 2019 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Carol. Born October 31, 1944, in Brownwood, Texas, to Otto Leslie and Lily Jeanette "Jean" Driskill, Ed was raised in Coos Bay and Gold Beach Oregon by his mom and stepfather, Osborne "Ozzie" Nulf. He is also survived by his mother Jean Nulf; children Paula Leslie, Dale Leslie, David (Jill) Leslie, and Waael (Melinda) Jared; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He also has two brothers Charles (Sarah) Nulf and William H. Nulf. He was preceded in death by stepdad Ozzie and brother, Ray Nulf.

Ed joined the army at the age of 17 and served two years in Korea as a communications specialist. Upon return, he settled in the Willamette Valley where he was hired at Oregon State University. He began his career as an electrician’s helper and retired after 30 years as a journeyman electrician and inspector. Prior to retiring from OSU, he became a licensed Massage Therapist and then worked through Evergreen Hospice for about ten years.

Ed was a master tinkerer spending time in his shop working on restorations of a Sunbeam Tiger and a Sunbeam Rapier. As members of the Pacific Tiger Club, he and Carol attended rallies around the northwest. A few years ago they bought a travel trailer and took trips to Minnesota and Texas to visit relatives. They met on a dance floor and continued to love to dance with each other. He fancied himself a bit of a farmer and spent hours working in the yard and helping his mother grow dahlias. He grew Marionberries, Tayberries and delicious blueberries, which he shared generously. His friends considered him generous with his time and knowledge. He enjoyed finding out the whys of malfunction and ways to fix or improve the whatever.

With 5 others, Ed and Carol are founding board members of the Alliance For Recreation And Natural Areas (AFRANA).

A Memorial Gathering will be Saturday, June 15th, at the Eagles Aerie 2255 in old downtown Albany (127 Broadalbin St SW. Albany, OR), from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. There will be a light lunch and no-host bar.

In lieu of flowers, please support the mission of the Alliance for Recreation and Natural Areas (afrana.org).
  

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