BACK BAY-Relatives and friends were saddened to learn of the unexpected death of Joseph Presley Leslie, which occurred here at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Gillespie on Feb. 25, 1980.

Born at Back Bay, March 18, 1899, Mr. Leslie was a son of the late Edgar and Lelila (Chambers) Leslie.  With the exception of a few summers spent at Black's Harbour, he had lived at L'Etete all of his lifetime, making his home with his daughter and son in law, Mrs. Charles Gillespie and Mr. Gillespie for the past 31 years.

Mr. Leslie was a well known boatman operating a boat for Connors Bros. Ltd. of Black's Harbour for several years; the last few years he was engaged in weir fishing, retiring in 1965 due to ill health.

Over the years, Mr. Leslie had made many friends and was highly respected by one and all with whom he was associated. Grampa Joe, as he was affectionately called by his young friends, was a great inspiration to his family and friends for his patience and love of his family.

Surviving are one daughter(Maxine) Mrs. Charles Gillespie of L'Etete; one grandson, Gary Hooper of Scarborough, Ont., and Mrs. Linda Carlin of L'Etete and five great grandchildren.  Two sisters (Amy) Mrs. Cecil E. Sear, St. George and Mrs. Leola of Lubec, Maine, several nieces and nephews.

His wife the former Amelia B. (Tucker) Leslie died in 1947;  a grandson David Gillespie died in 1974;  three brothers Chipman, Preston and Herbert Leslie, and two sisters, Miss Bessie Leslie and (Agnes) Mrs. Winston Andrews also predeceased him.

The funeral was held from the home of his daughter to the L'Etete Church of Christ, of which he was a member. The service was conducted by the minister Rev. H. David Haddon.

The pallbearers were Edgar Leavitt, Herbert Leslie, Arnold Tucker, Ross Tucker, Malcolm Tucker and Al Hooper.

Interment was in the L'Etete Rural Cemetery. Many beautiful floral tributes were received as well as donations made to the Memorial Funds of various Churches, the Charlotte County Cancer Society, the Eastern Charlotte Chapter of the New Brunswick Heart Foundation and the Bible Society.

Relatives and friends attended the funeral from Scarborough, Ont., Maine, Saint John, St. George and from surrounding areas.