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Robert Howard “Bob” Leslie

Real estate developer, businessman.

Born on the family farm at Fort Whyte around 1933, youngest of three sons of Syrian immigrants Howard Assad Leslie (1881-1949) and Bader Seifeddine (1911-1980), he attended Oak Bluff School and studied engineering at the University of Manitoba. He worked in sales and moved for a time to Toronto, Ontario before returning to Winnipeg in 1961 and establishing the B. Leslie Real Estate and Development Company, serving as its President, and the Leslie-Williams Insurance Agencies Limited. In the early 1960s, he developed the Leslie Park residential subdivision near the Fort Garry campus of the University of Manitoba. In the 1970s, he was President of Ramada Inns Winnipeg and moved to Fargo, North Dakota in the 1990s where he continued working in real estate development as the President and CEO of Lexstar Development and Construction. On 1 October 1965, he married Adele Lateefa Deen at Washington, DC and they had four sons and a daughter.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Leslie Park Monument (Thatcher Drive, Winnipeg)


Obituary [Howard Leslie], Winnipeg Tribune, 12 December 1949, page 23.

“Announcing the ultimate in luxury living,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 1963, page 5.

“Leslie - Deen,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 October 1965, page 16.

“Ramada Inn announcement,” The Jewish Post, 28 September 1972, page 10.

Obituary [Bader Leslie], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1980, page 32.

Leslie family of developers/builders has had broad impact on Fargo-Moorhead,”, 3 May 2013.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 June 2021

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