Born on March 15, 1928 in Crayford, England, Leslie passed peacefully at home in Victoria, BC on March 31, 2019.

Together again at last with her husband Timothy Backhouse, predeceased in 1991, Leslie leaves her children, Alison (Bob), Claire (Doug) and David; sisters in England, Susan (Richard) and Didda and their respective families and sister-in-law, Toni as well as a large extended family that includes 5 grandchildren, Henry (Mel), Jessica (Justin), Megan, Jaime (Tanzil) and Kieran (Kelsey); 3 step grandchildren, Cindy, KC, and Bobby; 11 great and great great grandchildren, most recently William, Theo and Weston, who have been the light of her life the last few years and months. She will be missed by many other relatives and friends in both Canada and England.

We will all miss her gentle but firm guidance and the kindness and generosity she showed to all. She lived life beautifully, with a wonderful combination of grace and a little mischief, not to mention a “never surrender” attitude. Mum’s homes and gardens brought her great joy, especially when shared with family and friends.

A profound thank you to Dr. Luckhurst, to Lydia and to all the nurses at community health and palliative care for all your kindness and care.

We invite family and friends to celebrate her at her home this Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charities of your choice.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens
www.mccallgardens.com

  • Marilyn Lutzmann
    April 10, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear of Leslie’s passing. I worked with Leslie at the shop at the AGGV and she was such a nice lady. She was a kind and gentle soul with a lovely sense of humour. I will remember her with great affection.

  • Richard Lyle
    April 6, 2019

    I am very saddened to read of Leslie’s passing. I have known Leslie since the early 1970’s when she and Tim and family lived in West Vancouver. As a young university student travelling in England in 1971 visiting the Backhouse family in Kent, England was a pleasure I will never forget. I was fortunate to visit Leslie in Victoria in later years. She will be sadly missed. My condolences to her family.

    Richard (Dick) Lyle

  • Gloria Sheldon
    April 4, 2019

    Leslie was one of my favorite people who shared responsibilities at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. It was a joy to work

    with her and to get to know her over tea and treats. My sincere condolences to her loving family. Her generosity of spirit

    inspired me.

    Gloria Sheldon

  • A.Hofmeyr
    April 3, 2019

    We are so sorry to hear of Leslie’s passing. Our condolences go out to all her family and our thoughts are with you. A beautiful soul has passed but will remain in our hearts always, Kathleen, Andrea & Hally

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