Leslie Fowler Emerson

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Leslie Fowler Emerson, 86, of McMurray, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013.


He was born July 5, 1926, in Canonsburg, a son of Jessie Fowler Emerson and Edward Boucher Emerson.


Mr. Emerson graduated from Canonsburg High School in 1944 and enlisted June 16, 1944, in the U.S. Navy, serving two years on active duty and two years in the reserves. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, he was employed at McGraw Edison as an electrical engineer, until he retired in 1988.


On June 22, 1951, he married Dorothy Jean Brouwer. They would have celebrated 62 years of marriage this year.


Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children, the Rev. Charles D. Emerson and wife Debbie, Laurie E. Bochner and husband Jay and Lynn R. Emerson, Esq., and partner Jean M. Morris; and four grandchildren, David E. Emerson, Rachel E. Emerson, Jamie Lynn Lehman (Lt. Nick Lehman) and Seaman Apprentice Chase A. Bochner.


He loved his Lord and served as an elder at Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church. He was especially devoted to the choir, often treating the congregation to uplifting solos. His enjoyment of music was apparent throughout his life. He mastered computers and had a personal computer long before most people comprehended the idea of having a computer in their home. He was an avid photographer and spent many happy hours in the darkroom with his children, developing pictures. Model trains and elaborate train layouts were of particular interest to him, as well.


A lifetime of living honestly and at peace with his fellow man attests to a life well-lived. He will be missed by his family and many friends who loved him dearly.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director. Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Canonsburg United Presbyterian Church for services with the Rev. Peggy Shannon officiating. Burial will be private in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Please visit www.sollon.com for additional information and to view and leave condolences.


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