Leslie Baxter Superville, 89, a loving and loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.
Leslie was born Oct. 8, 1931, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.
He lived the American dream.
Leslie left his small, Caribbean island home by himself in the mid-1960s to move to the United States.
He considered going to Texas, where his sister, Joyce, had moved years earlier. Not wanting to burden her, he settled in New York City, where he knew virtually no one.
Leslie spent his adult life working as a service technician -- repairing telephones and telephone lines and climbing telephone poles -- for New York Telephone Co., NYNEX, Bell Atlantic and Verizon, retiring in 2001 after a 30-plus-year career.
He met Vidda Dempster in Trinidad in 1959, when he worked on the docks in Port-of-Spain and she worked in a laundry. They married in 1970 in Brooklyn, N.Y., a few years after he sent for her to join him.
Leslie had three children, bought a house in the Rockaways, saw his daughter become a journalist and White House correspondent, his oldest son serve in the U.S. Air Force and watched pridefully as his youngest son followed him into telephone company work.
Like many men, Leslie loved cars -- especially Fords; he owned several, though not all at once -- and enjoyed watching baseball, football and law enforcement dramas on television, including the “NCIS” and “CSI” series, “Criminal Minds,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Blue Bloods.”
He was a man of few words, but was a master at finishing the Jumble newspaper word puzzle.
Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; his three brothers; a brother-in-law; and two grandsons.
Survivors include Vidda Superville, his wife of 50 years; sons Terrance and Learmond; daughter Elizabeth; stepchildren Colson, Linda and Patrick; sister Joyce Mitchell; brother-in-law Eric Alleyne; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other
relatives and friends.
Visitation Noon until 1:00 P.M. and Funeral service at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, Nov. 14, Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home, 511 Emmett St., Kissimmee, FL 34741
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery (immediately following services), Kissimmee, FL
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider gifts to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Superville family thanks Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home for assistance with the arrangements.
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