Samuel Lester Neilson III
- July 3, 1940 - November 26, 2012
- Irving, Texas
of Samuel's Passing
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Memories & Candles
It's so wonderful to see all of the tributes to my dad and thank you to all who recalled such wonderful memories. Indeed, if you can imagine growing up with a dad who had an enormous love of the outdoors and sang constantly to his sons while driving through the mountains of Colorado, then you have an idea of how rich my childhood was.
Dad had a huge heart and his love for me has transferred to my own daughter
Posted by: Marc Neilson - Bethesda, MD - son Dec 11, 2012
My brother Les was enthusiastic about life and enthralled with all its beauty and diversity. He was the most creative person in my family – he was an artist, a musician, and a hobbyist who continued to take joy in pursuing his varied interests until he just wasn’t able to anymore, bless his heart. Whenever I by myself or with Angela or Justin would go over to his house, he would take great pride in showing us his latest train
Posted by: John Neilson - Westminster, CA - Brother Dec 05, 2012
Les was a wonderful friend. We worked on the Monorail together. One time we had to go help out with the Rhinos. We had to clean there area. The water faucet broke off. With the Rhino sticking his horn through the bars and watching, Les put the faucet back right under the Rhino's nose. Les was very brave. I laughed until I cried. Also the Rhino's area was quite a smelly job which added to the laughs.
Posted by: Maribeth Cato - Fort Walton Beach, FL - friend Nov 30, 2012
Our prayers are with the family for strength during this time. God doesn't make mistakes. Les is in a better place than we are.
The Fewell Family
Posted by: Ms. Jon - Garland, TX - Special Event Volunteer Nov 30, 2012
Les was always so kind and accomodating. My sympathies to his family and friends. He was a great guy, and he will be missed.
Posted by: Vicki Cheatwood - Dallas, TX - zoo coworker Nov 30, 2012
What a shocking news! I have known Les for more than 20 years, being one of the first eight staff hired to operate the Dallas Zoo monorail . His commitment to family is well-known. A multi-talented man, his drawing of one of the Zoo's rhinos and painting of a snow-capped mountain adorned the monorail office walls for years. Together, we did all the illustrations in the monorail manual, a valuable training resource. Les was an ernest gentleman who will always be fondly remembered.
Posted by: Sina Ogunleye - Dallas, TX - former coworker Nov 30, 2012
Rest in peace, Les. We will all miss you.
Posted by: Marian Neilson - sister-in-law Nov 30, 2012
I remember Les so well. He was a tall, dark haired handsome young man. He was only 2 years older than I. I admired hims so much. He was majorly talented as a musician and many other ways. He was soft spoken and gracious even when young. We shared good times together at Aunt Ruth and Uncle Sams. Tables of amazing Texas food prepared by wonderful Sisters. I am deeply saddened by his death. My heart and prayers are with you all. Celiafbbph
Posted by: Cecilia Hawkins-Goularte - Chico, CA - Cousin Nov 29, 2012
Eric and Family: So very sorry to hear about Les. His deep love for his family was obvious. They say you can never know a person until you see their heart. Les wore his heart on his sleeve. He was a very kind, loving person. Eric wonderful job of caring for your fathers every need.
Posted by: Carol Caldwell - Irving, TX - care provider Nov 29, 2012
My sincere and deepest sympathies. We miss Les fondly ... the carousel, conversations and his kindness. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Posted by: Felicia Fucuals - Dallas, TX - Former Co-Worker Nov 29, 2012