Les Southin, 93 Les Southin, 93, died suddenly on December 13 at the Brockville General Hospital following a brief illness. He was born in Verdun, in the Province of Quebec, but at an early age moved with his parents, Henry Thomas "Harry" Southin and the former Mamie Mauchan, to Brockville, when his father took up employment at Phillips Cables. As a teenager, Les also began working at the Phillips plant, eventually succeeding his father as foreman of electrical maintenance. By the time he retired in 1976, he had worked there continuously for almost 50 years. Although trained as an electrician, he was skilled in a variety of trades and enjoyed doing extensive renovations in the various homes he lived in throughout his life. Of particular note was the house on Oriental Island, a property he purchased in the 1960s and where he built a modern summer cottage using materials salvaged from the original dilapidated structure on the island. Moreover, he always stood ready to lend a hand to his friends and neighbours with almost any aspect of their own building or renovation projects. Fishing was another passion that held his interest his whole life, and he pursued this hobby both on the rivers and lakes of this area and in the waters off Florida, where he spent most of his winters after retirement. In 2000, he was awarded a life membership in the Brockville Club, and could frequently be found at games of cards and billiards or in lively discussions with his many friends. He remained very active and alert throughout his life. He continued driving until a few weeks before his death, and at 89 he purchased his first computer, teaching himself the basics of e-mail and the Internet so he could remain in ready contact with his relatives and friends scattered in different parts of the world. Mr. Southin is survived by his wife of 69 years, Viola "Vi" and two sons, John Southin and Dave Southin and wife Audrey of Brockville. He is also survived by a sister, Florence "Dolly" Blackwell of Brockville and grandchildren Marty Southin and wife Janet of Belleville and Cheryl Ricker and husband Dwight of Rochester, Minnesota. He was predeceased by two brothers, Harry and Art, and two sisters Lillian Phillips and Margaret Foldeak. Following a service led by the Rev. Dr. Helen Wilson on December 15 at the Barclay Funeral Home, Brockville, burial was at Oakland Cemetery. Memorial donations were directed to Wall Street United Church, which he attended. Published in Section b, page 5 in the Tuesday, January 11, 2005 edition of the Brockville Recorder & Times. Posted 4:38:43 PM Tuesday, January 11, 2005.