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Leslie Stewart Byers

Leslie Stewart Byers

February 1, 2024

Leslie Stewart Byers

BYERS, Leslie Stewart – Surrounded by his family at home on Thursday, February 1, 2024 in his 88th year. Cherished husband of Virginia Byers for 61 years. Beloved father of Michelle (Marc) Klis, Mark (Joanne) Byers, and Krista (Rob) Quesnel. Adored Grandpa of Ashley (Brock), Dillon, Wesley, Justin (Becca), Kyle (Emma), and Tutianna (Nathan); and great-grandfather of Brooklynn, Lennox, and Evan. Predeceased by his grandchildren Brendan, Susie, and Meagan. Dear brother of Jean Watson and Joyce Keeling, and brother-in-law of Ron (Elizabeth) Stearne. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by brothers- and sisters-in-law: Bill Watson, Murray Keeling, Jack (Joan) Stearne, and Shirley (Ron) Stephens. In addition to being a journeyman machinist, Les was a lifelong beekeeper. He resided in the Mount Forest area for over 50 years. 

Visitation will be held at the England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, Mount Forest, on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Mount Forest United Church, 175 Queen Street East, Mount Forest, on Monday, February 5th at 11:00 a.m., with visitation at the church from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Les are asked to consider Cancer Patient Services, Arthritis Society Canada or Mount Forest United Church. 

Funeral Service for Mr. Leslie Byers


Thinking of you all at this time, are hearts ❤ will alway be with you.
Les will be missed by a lot of people.
Annie, Joe and Roxy McBride from Carson's site 442.

— Annie McBide, February 16, 2024

Virginia and family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Les. May you be strong during this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

— Murray and Irene Peer, February 10, 2024


I’m so sorry to see that Les has passed away. I’m sorry I didn’t see the obit before the funeral. Your family was a big part of my childhood and I so appreciate you for that. Take care of yourself as you grieve his loss.


— Heather Willmes (Hill), February 9, 2024

Dear Virginia and Family;
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and Les were caring and best friends to my mother for as long as I can remember. You both were a comfort to me when I was going through difficult times, as well. I will remember Les as a kind man with a great sense of humour. Our prayers are with you Virginia.

— Doug and Marlene Funston, February 8, 2024

So Sorry to hear of Les's passing..
certainly miss his smiling face as he rounds the corner at Carson's..
always had some great stories..

— Graham Waite & Shirley, February 7, 2024

Virginia, I only just heard of Les' passing. I'm sorry for the loss to your family.

— Joyce Johnston, February 6, 2024

Dear Ginny and family

My sincerest condolences on Les’s passing. May your memories of Les bring you peace. See you in the spring!


— Mary Stephens, February 6, 2024

Sending our condolences at this difficult time. Eleanor Triemstra and family

— Eleanor Triemstra, February 6, 2024

Bob and I send condolences to you all. We're thinking of you.

— Bob and Aletha McArthur, February 6, 2024

Dear Virginia & Family, Doug & I are so very sorry for your loss. As former neighbour's of Les and Virginia's at Carson's Camp in Sauble Beach we have fond memories of many wonderful summers.

— Doug & Karen Gee, February 6, 2024

We arecso sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Marilou and Cheri

— Marilou Funston, February 6, 2024

Sorry to read about Les. Condolences Virginia and families. Ken and Karen

— Ken and Karen Thompson, February 5, 2024

Condolences to Virginia and family on Les’s passing. Prayers and thoughts at this sad time.

— Yvonne & Bill Stewart, February 5, 2024

So sorry to hear about Les's passing. I've known your family all my life. My sincere condolences to the family. RIP Les 🌹

— Sheri Johnson, February 5, 2024

Virginia and family...so sorry to hear of Les passing away. He was a lovely man and at some point I'm sure everyone in Mount Forest got to enjoy some of his amazing honey.

— Brad & Cathy Schwindt, February 5, 2024

Aunt Ginny, Michelle, Matk, Krista and your families we are sending you our love and deepest sympathies at this very sad time. Uncle Les will always be remembered as a gentle, soft spoken man. I have special memories of my time with all of you. I was blessed to have you invite a young girl into your home.

— Janine Stearne, February 5, 2024

Dear Virginia and family. We were saddened to hear of Les's passing. We enjoyed our "little chats". We will miss him at camp. We know your faith will carry you through the next weeks. Take care. Hugs. Doug and Deb Dyson

— Doug and Debbie Dyson, February 5, 2024

My condolences to Virginia and all the family. To Les, all your family will miss you, the bees will miss you , and all who knew you will miss you and so Godspeed to you.

— Hugh Perrin, February 5, 2024

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ken Cathy baker.

— Cathy and Kenny baker, February 4, 2024

Thinking of you Mark & family during this sad time. So sorry for your loss of your dear father. Deepest sympathy. Leola Hartung

— Leola Hartung, February 4, 2024

Dear Virginia and Family Members,
You have my deepest condolences in the passing of Les. I met him only a few times at church activities and I was struck with what a gentle and kind person he was. And I really loved his honey that he made.
May you all cherish the great memories that you will have.
Pauline Brown

— Pauline Brown, February 4, 2024

We are so sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Our deepest condolences and we will be thinking of you all during this challenging time. Diane, Peter, Michael and Jenny Manojlovic.

— Diane Manojlovic, February 4, 2024

Virginia, Mark and family
So sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.
Pam Murray and Dave Townsend

— Pam Murray, February 4, 2024

Sending my sincere condolences. My thoughts are with your family.

— Melinda Grant, February 4, 2024

Condolences to the Byers family. Conversations with Les on various subjects were always very interesting

Carm & Florence Noble

— Carm Noble, February 4, 2024

Dear Virginia, Michelle, Mark, Krista and families. Les was one of those good souls, who along with Virginia, raised great kids. He always has a good story or laugh to share along with a welcoming greeting.
I remember being a teenager approaching manhood in some sense and being very encouraged in the way Les afforded me respect and attention and spoke with me as an equal in the conversation. A lot of the previous generation (I sometimes understand why) didn’t tend to do that. After that I always had time for Les and I believe he always did for me. I try to remember that speaking with young men and women now. Les set a great example in the community. He will be greatly missed.
With love and sympathy to his family and all who were lucky enough to know him.

— Craig MacKenzie and Carrie Deverell, February 4, 2024

Virginia and family - sincere sympathy in your loss of a dear and loving husband, father and grandfather. Pray you will feel God's love surrounding you in this difficult time. Blessings to all.

— Carol Jessop, February 4, 2024

My condolence to the Byers family & to Mark Joanne & family thinking of you all cherish your memories & his love for all of you hugs .

— Noreen MacDougald, February 4, 2024

Condolences to Virginia and family. Always enjoyed time spend with Less in Mount Forest or Texas. He lived his life well.
John & Darlene Cooper (Copeland)

— Darlene Cooper, February 4, 2024

We have lost one of the great ones. Many warm memories have carried me through the years. Visits in Glen Morris with Les and Ginny while Ginny was attending Nurses' College were always full of laughter. Spending time with their family in Mount Forest these times are cherished. Les always exuded a warm and gentle presence. His laugh and calm nature made one feel safe.
Our deepest condolences. May your heart and being heal knowing you were loved by one of the best.
Charlotte and Dave Martz xxoo

— Charlotte and Dave Martz, February 4, 2024

Our sincere condolences to all.

Oran, Steve, Donna, Jordyn & Sara

— Steve Farquharson, February 4, 2024

Our condolences to the Byers family...our thoughts are with each of you.

— Ray and Linda mcnichol, February 3, 2024

Speaking on behalf of the many Davidsons who knew Les since he was a child, I regret his loss. He was an especially close friend of my late brother, Warren, with whom he played softball for several years, not to mention the the fact that they were in the same grade in both elementary and high school. I enjoyed catching up with Les, when he and Virginia attended the dinners at Williamsford Comunnity Centre. The friendship between the Byers and Davidson family stretches back 3 generations, and Les was certainly a central figure in keeping it going.

— Willis Davidson, February 3, 2024

My deepest sympathy to Virginia and all families.

— Karen Switzer, February 3, 2024

Dear Virginia and family,
Our heartfelt condolences as your grieve the loss of Les.
May family, friends and a renewed faith help to bring you comfort.

— Brenda & Murray Calder, February 3, 2024

Virginia and family, our deepest sympathy. Les was such a wonderful man, he will be missed.

Joan & Lloyd

— Joan & Lloyd Aitken, February 3, 2024

Virginia and families, our sincere condolences to you all. Thinking of you at this difficult time thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories, we have fond ones of us getting some of his delicious honey. Donald and Gwen

— Donald and Gwen Cormack, February 3, 2024

We are so sad to read of Les's passing. He was such a good man, always with a smile. he will be missed.
Rosemary Tanner & Raymond Langston

— Rosemary Tanner and Raymond Langston, February 3, 2024

Sending our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Rev. Russell & Marilyn Rogers

— Russell and Marilyn, February 3, 2024

Dear Virginia and family. May thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
Lois Harnock

— Lois Harnock, February 3, 2024

So sorry Mark and family to hear of your loss. My sincere condolences

— Susan Martin, February 3, 2024

Krista, sorry to hear about your Dad. Thinking of you and Rob at this difficult time.

— Brenda Wollis, February 3, 2024

Mark & Joanne, sorry to hear of your father (in-law) passing. Thinking of you at this time.

— Brenda Wollis, February 3, 2024

To the Byers family, we were sorry to hear about Les passing, he was alway such a friendly guy and always had a smile on his face, he showed me a lot about ice making at the curling club, you will have some great memories.

— Dan & Kim Yake, February 3, 2024

Virginia and family our sincere sympathy in the passing of Les.

— Joyce and Bob Downey, February 3, 2024

So sorry for your loss
Condolences to you and your family

— Wendy walsh, February 3, 2024

Sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers to you and your family

— Jennifer )Johnston) Zettler, February 3, 2024

Michelle and family we are sorry to hear about your loss. Our deepest condolences at this very difficult time. Carl & Wendy ( MacEachern)Abbott

— Carl & Wendy (MacEachern) Abbott, February 3, 2024

Virginia, Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Mary Lou & Michael Noone

— MARYLOU NOONE, February 3, 2024

We are sorry to hear about Les and hold you in our prayers and thoughts
Marjorie Young, Lily and family

— Marjorie Young, February 3, 2024
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294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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