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Updated: 04/09/2014 08:00:02AM

Leslie Bickham

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Leslie Bickham

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Leslie Bickham, 89, of Venice, Fla., passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Leslie was born June 21, 1924, in Chadwell Heath, England, to Alice and Alfred Bickham.

At the age of 17 he joined the Royal Air Force, trained as a gunner and served during World War II. Soon after the war, he met Patricia, and the two of them began their life-long adventure together with moving to America — first to New York, then to Massachusetts to raise their family, then settling in retirement in Venice, Fla.

He was a mechanical engineer and owned several businesses over the years. Les discovered his love of fishing and boating when he came to America; this was a passion that he shared with family and friends and it continued throughout his life. He was also quite talented in building or fixing anything, a skill his children greatly appreciated and benefited from.

Above all else, Leslie was greatly respected as the rock-solid foundation for his family. As a strong family man, he lived his life to serve his family, and was dearly loved.

He was preceded in death by Patricia Bickham, his wife of 62 years, and his son, James Bickham. He is survived by his daughters, Lesley Conant, Caroline Modha and Patricia Winkler; son-in-law, Christopher Conant; daughter-in-law, Debbie Bickham; grandchildren, Mindy, JD, Teasha, Deanna, Devon, Elisha and Mariah; as well as two great-grand children, Matthew and Brody; and his sister, Joyce Crage, of England.

Services: A family memorial will be held at a later date in the Thousand Islands. To share a memory, visit: