Dr. M. Leslie Hassan, BSc’58, MD’63

Les Hassan

Les passed away peacefully on November 24, 2018, at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, his sons, Doug (Mary‑Louise) and Tom (Genevieve), and six grandsons. With a modest upbringing in East Vancouver, Les was the first in his family to attend university. He graduated from UBC Medicine in 1963. After a medical residency in San Diego, he returned to North Vancouver to start a family practice, which he maintained for 30 years. For his medical care and advice, he was adored by hundreds of friends and patients. This included many from the Squamish Nation, who, upon his retirement, honoured him with a potlatch‑style celebration and gave him an ancestral name: “The Healer.” Les’ greatest joy was his friends and family. He was a man of many talents. He enjoyed carpentry, home construction, plumbing, and electrical projects. He had a lifelong passion for the outdoors and enjoyed many trips to fish the rivers of Haida Gwaii with friends and his sons. He admired the Haida people and their way of life. Along with going on fishing adventures, he travelled the world with his Sylvia. Les will be sadly missed.

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