The death of a star is called a supernova. When this powerful event occurs, vast landscapes of bright light are emitted displaying the pent-up energy, warmth, and brilliance held within. On Friday, March 10th, 2023 at 4:48pm, we experienced one here on earth with the passing of Leslie Caldwell-Clarke at the age of 61 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Born on March 25th, 1961, in Orillia, Ontario to Tom and Sally Caldwell she embarked on a joyous childhood alongside her brother, Tommy. Leslie attended the University of Toronto for post secondary education, and at the age of 22 she married Paul Clarke with whom she had four children, Brett, Bryn, Martin, and Shelby. Leslie settled in Bolton, Ontario in 2001 where she raised her kids and built a career in entrepreneurship and marketing. In 2012 she married Michael Berend and became a beloved member of the Berend family. Leslie was creative, energetic, and always looking to lend a helping hand. She loved anything that sparkled, being in water, and the sound of laughter. She led her life with kindness and was known to be an involved community member, supportive friend, spunky glamma, and deeply loving mother. Her absence will be felt by many and although her warm light may have dimmed, she has left behind a beautiful masterpiece through the life she has lived. A celebration of life will take place this coming weekend to commemorate the wonderful person she was and the impact she has had on all of us.
Visitation services will be at Egan Funeral Home on Friday, March 17th from 5-8pm, and the funeral will take place on Saturday morning, March 18th at 11am.
The family invites those who wish to view the service to do so through live streaming at
You can view the service live at the time scheduled or you can view it at a more convenient time for you. You will be required to register for the service and then they will immediately send you an email with the actual link to the service. Please check your junk or spam inbox if you don’t receive the email with the actual link. If you experience any issues or have questions in regards to the live streaming, please feel free to contact Forget Me Not Ceremonies at 1-877-895-2739. If you need to leave a message on their answering machine, they will return your call promptly.
Following the funeral, a celebrative reception will be held at Caesar’s Event Center from 12:30-4:30pm where, in Leslie’s words, we will “put the fun back in funeral”. Attendees are invited to wear bright colours and bring a funny story about her to share.
Should you feel so inclined, you are welcome to make a contribution to Bethell Hospice (https://bhf.akaraisin.com/ui/bhfdonations/donations/start), whose incredible staff consistently went above and beyond to make sure her final months were as comfortable as possible. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com