Roger Cran Legge

It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Legge announces his passing on July 2, 2016 at the age of 88 after a short illness. He was surrounded by his family and at peace after a long and active life. Roger lived at Long Beach beside the Harrop ferry on Kootenay Lake. Roger was born April 16, 1928 in Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. At the age of 8, Roger and his widowed mother Mabel Legge immigrated to Canada. Once in Canada, his mother married again and Roger spent the next 8 years with step-brother and sister Wilfred (Bud) and Sheila Gammie. They lived in various prairie towns, settling in Swift Current, where he and his mother stayed while Roger attended University of Saskatchewan earning a degree in Mechanical engineering. Roger spent several high school summers helping and having fun on a friend’s farm, the large Fraser family. One of his most memorable university summer jobs was doing surveying with a crew in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. His love of hiking and mountains may have started then. After graduating in 1949, Roger worked in Swift Current for 2 years. He then got a job with Husky Oil in Lloydminster, where he met his wife, who had just arrived in Lloydminster to teach school. Louise Kernen and he were married July 31, 1954. Husky Oil moved the family to Calgary in the summer of 1956 and they stayed there for 8 years. Many of Roger and Louise’s lifelong friends were from Calgary. Roger’s mother also moved to Calgary to be closer to her son and grandchildren. Fearing a transfer to the USA or possible layoffs, Roger and Louise looked for a new job and a good location to raise their family. The Kootenays had become a favourite vacation location, so when a job opportunity at Cominco in Trail came up they moved to Rossland. The Kootenays provided mountains to hike, lakes for camping, and a cousin of Louise’s living in Rossland (Berniece and Cyril Lambert). The family took up skiing immediately and Roger skied at Red Mountain continuously for 51 years with only 1 year at Whitewater ski hill in Nelson. Roger volunteered as a Scout leader while his son Geoff was young, he was always an active United Church member, and enjoyed woodworking, camping, hiking and skiing with his family. With an eye on retirement, Louise and Roger purchased a house on Kootenay Lake in 1983, and 5 years later after Roger retired, they moved to the lake house. Roger tried fishing (which he referred to as washing hooks) for several years. Roger and Louise made several overseas and North American trips and thoroughly enjoyed retirement, golfing, hiking camps and their grandchildren. In 1998 Roger lost Louise in a car accident. His church, many friends, family, golfing, skiing, and yearly trips kept Roger busy during his last years. Many local residents will recall Roger out enjoying himself in his little, silver Honda sports car heading up the lake road. Roger is predeceased by his wife Louise Legge and grandson Justin Wyton. Roger is survived by his sister-in-law Shirley (& Ed) Haid, and his 5 children: Geoff (& Melanie) Legge, Joanne (& Mike) Tench, Celia (& Shawn) Gresley-Jones, Diane (& Dan) Knight, Devin (& Tammy) Legge, plus 6 grandchildren: Tessa Diaczun and Jessie Gresley-Jones, Emily Fix and Stephanie Tench, Connor and Evan Legge, and 1 great-grandchild Petra Fix. A service of remembrance will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday August 6, 2016 at the Nelson United Church. Donations to UNICEF would be preferred in lieu of flowers.


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