In Memoriam

A headshot of Leslie Blake Janz
Leslie Blake Janz, MD’58

Dr. Les Janz, loved by so many, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 87, with Wendy, his wife of 62 years, by his side. Les was born in Rosthern, SK, the eldest son of William and Hilda Janz. After spending his early childhood in Lanigan and Winter, SK, the family moved to Fort Langley in 1946. Les went on to UBC to pursue his MD and started his general practice in West Vancouver in 1960. During his 48-year career, Les was truly a GP, when general practice meant available full service to patients, including office practice, house calls, and hospital care. He was always suited up and looking the part. He provided compassionate care to all. Les was also a leader at Lions Gate Hospital, where, among other roles, he was chief of staff from 1992-1997. His legacy as a family doctor will continue for future generations of health care professionals because of an endowment that funds the annual Dr. Les Janz Leadership Awards (

Several of Les’s immediate family followed in his footsteps and became proud UBC alumni: sons Chris (MD’89) and David (PhD’95), and grandchildren Dustin (MD’17), Maia (BA’17, BEd’18), Alanna (BPharm’17, ACPR’18, MD’22), Aaron (BASc’21), and Aidan (BASc’22). Les embraced family and loved playing bridge and spending winters in Cabo. He was a Canucks season ticket holder for 40 years. He was a valued member of Capilano Golf Club since 1971, where he could be found chasing elusive birdies and engaging in friendly games for bragging rights. Les will always be remembered for his sense of humour, which was passed along by nature and nurture to his entire family. Les is survived by his wife Wendy; children David (Maia, Aidan, and Nicola), Debbie (Matthew, Ryan, and Emily), and Chris (wife Val; Dustin, Aaron, and Alanna); and siblings Vera, Elaine, and Doug.