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Dear Grandad,
I know this is late, but thank you for being the best grandad you could be in the short time I knew you. Thank you- Leia

Posted by: Leia Neilson - North Potomac, MD - Grandchild   Jan 12, 2018

I knew Les years ago, I was once friends with daughter. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. He was a very kind man and I know he will be missed. My heart goes out to his family.

Posted by: Rachel - Mesquite, TX   Jan 05, 2014

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

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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 set

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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