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Obituary - Leslie Z. Sr. Liptak

Leslie Z. Sr. Liptak

1935 - 2018

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Liptak(2018)

Leslie (Laszlo) Z. Liptak Sr.

March 5, 1935 ~ July 30, 2018

Leslie was born in Slovakia and passed away in Medicine Hat, Alberta at the age of 83 years. He went to be with his mother, father, brother and sister. Mourning his loss is the love of his life, his wife of 50 years, Irene “Babic”; their son, Les; daughter-law, Melissa; granddaughter, Jenaya and grandson, Jarrett; his best friends, Jeremy Laszlo, Steve Horvath, Mihaly Vajda and Tony Tenaglia as well as all of his relatives in Slovakia and Hungary. Leslie came to Canada in 1957. The majority of his work life was spent with Maple Leaf Mills (18 years) and the City of Medicine Hat Maintenance Department from which he retired after 22 years due in part to a head injury which occurred on the job. Up until then, Leslie never missed a day of work and was often fondly referred to as the “iron man”. He was very talented and had the ability to build anything; a man with a thousand traits. Leslie was very proud of his grandchildren and loved them dearly. He spent a lot of time with them and always showed his support of their activities, whether it was at the rink for hockey or in a theatre watching dance or music recitals. Grandpa was there whenever his health allowed it. Challenges with Lupus and a stroke slowed him down in his later years but he always had a smile and a “bootsy-bootsy” (pat on the head) for Jenaya and Jarrett. Leslie enjoyed playing pool and ping pong at the Veiner Centre; going to Tiger games and enjoying coffee time with his friends, Girtie, Lily, Frank, Nellie, Elliott, Lori, Diane, Bill, Betty and Don. Special thank you to Vivian and Maria at the Medicine Hat Mall Food Court and to the Home Care Respite team for the kindness shown towards Leslie. He will be remembered as a quiet man and a good husband, father, grandfather and friend.

His life was a blessing,

his memory a treasure,

he was loved beyond words

and will be missed beyond measure

“This is not goodbye...until we meet again!”

Love, Babic

To honour Leslie’s request, no formal funeral service will be held. Family and friends will gather at a later date. Memorial gifts in Leslie’s memory can be made directly to St. Joseph’s Home - Carmel Hospice, 156 - 3 Street N.E., Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5M1 or to the charity of one’s choice.


  1. Stan & Marion Johnson:
    Aug 01, 2018 at 10:13 PM

    We are so sad to hear of your loss of Leslie. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    We have many fond memories of times spent at your home, and Stan playing a good game of pool with Leslie. May God comfort you during this time.

    Love, Marion and Stan

  2. Anna Reznik:
    Aug 03, 2018 at 03:17 PM

    Dear Irene,

    Sorry for your loss of Leslie. He was a loving human being and our found memories of him go back to the days (50 yrs ago) when he helped guiding our first steps in this country; and later served as a witness at our wedding.

    Our deepest condolences to You and Your Family. May you find solace and peace in the days ahead.

    Anna and Jan Reznik,
    Vernon, B.C.

  3. Valerie Welk:
    Aug 05, 2018 at 05:42 PM

    Les, Melissa, Jenaya, Jarrett,
    My heart is so sad to see the passing of your dad/grandpa.
    I remember him coming to music classes and recitals.
    You could tell that he cared about you all very much.
    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers,
    Val Welk

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