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Leslie "Gayle" Ainge
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(Nee Leslie Edna Gayle Sandulak)
February 5th, 1953 to March 23rd, 2023
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved Mom. She fought courageously since February 2022 with a disease that slowed the unstoppable woman. Never giving up, she kept working until mid-June, gardening until September & baking until December. She even saw her cherished Bombers Win at home at her Final Attended Game on September 29th, 2022. This was a quick on-set/battle that she never gave up on until there was no hope. She is now no longer suffering and reunited with my Dad Jack, her father & brother Harry & Taras Sandulak and in-laws Dave & Grace Ainge. She leaves behind many family members and friends to keep her memory in their hearts forever; her only child Jillian, Brothers Bill & Nick Sandulak, Sisters Marion & Pauline Sandulak, Sister-In Law Pamela Ainge, In-Laws Larry Gunn & Sue Mannix, Nephews Roddy & Will Spence, Friends Cheryl & Dennis Braun, Elaine & Tom Raynbird, Lorene & Ken Mahoney, Irene & Jerry Seadon, Maureen & Debbie Anderson, Della Hurley and many many other extended family and friends who I can’t list off or this will be forever long.
She will always be remembered as a kind, generous, helpful, and outgoing person. She loved to bake, do crosswords, sew, and garden. She was a Member of the Transcona Legion for well over 30 years. Was always ready to go to Bombers & Goldeyes games. Loved to be stressed out by our Damn Jets and never met a dog she did not love. I know Jagger, Finn, Blanche, Cinnamon, Maggie & Toby are going to miss her a lot as is Argentina, the kitty who walked all over her (literally). She wasn’t a true cat person but Minnie & Licorice (aka Bad Cat & Good Cat) hissed and purred their way right into her heart. This fight of hers messed them up as hanging at Grandma’s every Sunday was their favourite time.
She never wanted drama and always tried to be neutral. Watching curling (live or on tv), going to craft sales (selling or shopping), and cheering our Bombers & Goldeyes will never be the same; those were our times that I will never forget.
I want to share my thanks to everyone noted above who helped with Mom’s care & home upkeep this last year. I would have never been able to keep my promise to Mom to keep my job and do her tasks without you. Thank you to the staff at HSC GH6 Ward for the wonderful care while she was undergoing treatments and for keeping her content in her final days.
In lieu of flowers please donate (in her name) to the Winnipeg Humane Society or The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba; those are 2 charities near & dear to her heart.
A Celebration of Life Will be Announced at a later date; just like “Another Blue Bomber First Down”!