There is now a family tribute page on FB via her son Ian Leslie. Check your FB feed; it
has probably been shared with you.
On Feb 15, 2018, at 12:16 PM, Luke Donforth via
Organizers <organizers(a)lists.sharedweight.net> wrote:
This has already gone around on the callers page for shared weight, but I thought the
organizer page should hear it as well for anyone not on both.
Linda Leslie passed away this past weekend.
Her husband has requested that this not go on FB; but instead be shared via e-mail and
word of mouth.
I'm one of several people incredibly saddened by this loss. Linda was a fount of
warmth and encouragement.
Chris Ricciotti spoke eloquently about this tragedy:
To the dance community:
It is with great sadness that I am passing on the news that Linda Leslie passed away
Sunday evening (Feb 11). She called on Thursday night at the Concord Scout House, Friday
evening at the Rehoboth Contra Dance, and then again on Saturday evening at our own contra
dance in Jamaica Plain. She called an amazing dance program for all of us those
Linda had been having difficulty breathing during the past week or so, particularly after
walking, and this became increasing worse over the past few evenings. On Sunday evening,
she was taken by ambulance to her local Emergency Room and she passed away in the
ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Her husband Bob Golder has requested that Linda’s passing NOT be posted on Facebook.
Email and word of mouth is fine, but he prefers this not to become a Facebook event.
As a caller, she took the love and the joy she experienced as a dancer, and transformed
the dance community every where she went, touching us all with her lovely soft spoken
presence that would make you feel embraced with that love she had when she danced. To
many of us, she was like our dancing “mom” or “grandmom”, always a warm smile, always
ready with humor, always looking out to make sure everyone was having a good time, and
feeling safe within the room.
In our community, she was a bridge builder, and a role model of what good dancing and
community building are all about. She was also a HUGE advocate of gender-free dancing.
She was one of the key people who helped us connect with and be an accepted part of the
greater community of dancers, and encouraged us to share our love of dancing with others
as a way to help build those connections.
She was also a part of helping us to build the strong relationship we have with NEFFA,
being a support to our fundraising food booth, being present at meetings we had with NEFFA
as we worked on being more of a part of the greater dance community, helping us to
navigate the issues that were occasionally a part of this process, as she helped us to
better understand the greater dance community, as they came to know us
At our dance camps, as many of you know, her presence was always a welcome treat, whether
she came as a dancer simply because she loved our community so much, or when she would
come as a caller to build our community, and the bonds that go with it, as she shared her
passion and love of music and dancing.
And of course, we cannot forget her delightful husband Bob, who has also been a warm
personality, much loved in our community, also sharing his love of dancing with us, not
only as a dancer, but as a caller, having written some of my favorite dances along the
way. Bob has also being a great NEFFA advocate helping us many times along the way. His
warm smile and delightful presence has brought a lot of joy to us a lot over the years,
and he continues to be a part of the family that makes our dance a special place to be.
I know we will all miss Linda very much. It’s very difficult to lose someone who has had
such a presence in our lives and who has brought us so much, and who was a big part of our
dancing family. As we find out more information about memorial service arrangements, we
will let you know, along with any memorial dances that may be organized in her honor.
In the mean time, when we come together to dance, let us honor her memory by sharing that
joy she brought to each of us, with each other, and let us dance in honor of all our
friends and loved ones who have gone before us. It is moments like this that are so
precious – and Linda was certainly one of them!
In sorrow and gratitude for having the honor of knowing Linda,
Linda's husband Bob wrote in to the callers list:
Thank you everyone for your kind words and warm memories of Linda Leslie, and your
concern for me and the rest of her family. I am alternating between grieving, setting
priorities on behalf of our family, and quickly making many legal, financial, and
remembrance decisions. It is an extremely challenging time, but I have family with me and
supportive friends nearby, and will ask for assistance as needed. Our folk arts, music,
and dance friends have always been a great source of joy for Linda and me. There are no
immediate observances or memorial services. At some future date measured in weeks, or a
month, or more from now, there will be a celebration of Linda Leslie's life. … Bob
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