Cherished humble beginnings.
Dr. Les Haley – 84, Truro, passed away suddenly with his wife, children, and sister at his side on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at Halifax Infirmary, QEII, Halifax. Known lovingly by many as Les, Grandad, Uncle, Big Guy, and Dr. Haley, he was all of those and so much more.
Professionally, he wore many hats. He held titles as an Agrologist, Geneticist, Professor, Marine-Biologist, Dean, Chairman, Vice President, Principal, and Deputy Minister. A fascinating career was born from necessity, a deep curiosity, and a desire to help in a meaningful way. It wasn’t a "planned career" in today’s sense of achievement but emerged from a love for learning and higher education that started, and ended, at the agricultural college in Truro. The Haley Institute of Aquaculture on campus stands as a testament to his many contributions to science and education.
Les was born to the late Walter and Hilda (Underwood) Haley in Curry's Corner, Nova Scotia in 1938 into a large family who were financially poor, but rich beyond most with an abundance of love and spirit. Les and his ten siblings got by happily on boiled potatoes and condensed milk for supper in a small two room house. He wouldn’t have changed a thing. His humble beginnings were what shaped his career, his passions, and how he lived his life. Les had the utmost empathy, respect, and understanding for others and left everyone he met with a feeling they were special. We were all special to him.
Les had an endless twinkle in his eyes and his broad smile lit up any room. He will be most remembered for his iconic hugs that enveloped you with a loving warmth that you can never forget.
He will always be our source of grounded wisdom. He was dearly loved and survived by his wife of 59 years, Lorraine; daughter, Elizabeth Klingseisen and husband, John, Atlanta; son, Paul and his wife, Shelley, Toronto; darling grandchildren, Benjamin, Haley, Inès and Finn; last living sibling, Pearl Williams and husband, Morris, Mount Uniacke; many loving nieces, nephews, in-laws, and extended family. We miss him deeply.
A celebration of life is planned for summer of 2023. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Dr. Les Haley scholarship fund at the NSAC or Dalhousie University.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Les’ obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com