JODOIN, Leslie Rita

October 3, 1962 – October 18, 2022

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Leslie Rita Jodoin at the age of 60 years young.

Leslie is best described as a loving, caring, and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. Those who welcomed her affection into their lives were blessed, privileged, and grateful to have known her. She adored her grandchildren and often spoke about them with great fondness and love.

Leslie was born in St. Paul, Alberta to Louis and Noreen Jodoin, and was one of six children. At the age of seven, the family moved to Hinton, Alberta where a lot of time was spent enjoying the outdoors around Hinton and Jasper, Alberta. After high school graduation, Leslie spent time in West Kelowna, British Columbia and Red Deer, Alberta but eventually settled in Lacombe, Alberta where she raised her three daughters and managed her own businesses as well as working in two furniture retail stores. Leslie then moved back to Red Deer where she managed the Ten Thousand Villages store. Later, she moved back to Lacombe and managed the gift store at the Reynolds Alberta Museum. Recently, Leslie moved to Cochrane, Alberta and was busy enjoying time with her husband Gordon Bridgeman, grandchildren, and sister Carol Rispin, as well as many dear close friends.

In her lifetime, Leslie was very proud to have earned an Educational Assistant Certificate and Honours Diploma in Medical Office Assistant with Health Unit Coordinator.

Leslie is survived by her husband, Gordon Bridgeman, daughters Dorothy Jerome, Amber Jerome, and Michelle Jerome as well as grandchildren Aiden Coleman, Kohen Jerome, Damien Jerome, Amara Jerome, and Xylan Jerome. She is also survived by her mother Noreen Jodoin as well as her siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Leslie was predeceased by her father Louis Jodoin in 2005, grandparents Leo and Clara Schulte, Germaine and Rene Brisson, and Sylvio Jodoin.

Leslie would like to acknowledge the generous support of family, especially sister Carol Rispin, friends, especially Janice Brewer, Mavis Prevost, and Irma Stickland, medical staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, palliative team at Cochrane Home Care, and pharmaceutical staff at IDA Fireside Pharmacy during her difficult battles with cancer.

Leslie will be sorrowfully missed by all those who loved her and enjoyed her company in their lives. Goodbye Leslie, you will not be forgotten. Your pain is finally gone now, may you rest in peace.

In keeping with Leslie’s wishes and specific instructions, a celebration of life will be arranged at a later date. Please contact Gordon Bridgeman if you would like a memorial card as a keepsake. In lieu of flowers, we please ask that donations be made to Compassion Canada at

Arrangements entrusted to Flo Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home –

  1. On 19/10/2022 at 2:48 pm Linda Goehring Said:

    I’m at a loss for words. My deepest sympathies to you and Leslie’s family. What a lovely lady she was. We from Ironcreek Villas valued her input and thoughtfulness as she served on the board with all resident’s best interests in mind.
    May she rest now in eternal peace.

  2. On 19/10/2022 at 4:17 pm Tyler & Jessica Blaney Said:

    Jessica and I are so deeply saddened for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and Leslie’s family at this time. Leslie was a lovely human being who I know will be missed by so many she met throughout her life. I wish you God’s strength for the future.

  3. On 19/10/2022 at 7:52 pm Donna & Bob Schindel Said:

    It’s with a heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Leslie. She was such an upbeat person and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

  4. On 19/10/2022 at 8:52 pm Jeff and Debby Kirtzinger Said:

    Oh, Gord! We are so sad to hear about Leslie. We have many happy memories of her. We wish you strength in your time of sorrow.
    With love from Jeff and Deb

  5. On 19/10/2022 at 9:47 pm ElaineWerner Said:

    Dear Gord, I am so sorry for the Loss of Dear Leslie, my Heart just breaks for you and Damien. My prayers go out to you all. Best neighbours I ever had. Rest In Peace my Dear Friend.

  6. On 20/10/2022 at 6:15 am Barb Schmidt Said:

    I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time. May she now Rest In Peace and suffer no more.

  7. On 20/10/2022 at 11:57 am Mel and Irma Stickland Said:

    Gord, Carol, Damien and all who loved Leslie,

    May the Lord fill you with His peace, love, comfort and strength.
    It was a privilege to know Leslie, to have known her as a dear friend. She was compassionate, caring and loving and always fun to be around. We will miss her incredibly, but thankful that she is now at peace, without the pain, suffering and heartache of the last few years. Leslie was an incredible example of preparedness for death, of living a life of dignity and peace to the end.

    Much love, Mel and Irma

  8. On 21/10/2022 at 9:55 am Noel Ratch Said:

    The staff and volunteers at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum would like to offer our condolences on Leslie’s passing. Leslie was a wonderful part of our team, always quick with a smile or a laugh, offering a warm welcome to our visitors and kind support to her colleagues.

    Leslie will be missed. Rest in Peace.

    Noel Ratch

  9. On 26/10/2022 at 5:18 pm Esther Kuyoro Said:

    Dear Gord,

    The death of any family member is undoubtedly painful to bear. Especially, losing a spouse is like losing one of the main pillars of the family. The agony and grief that follow after the death of the wife are unbearable. Nothing can take up the hollow space of the loving wife, nor is any word enough to lessen the grief of the mourning husband. We know this must be a difficult time for you and your family. As we keep you in our thoughts and prayers, please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help out.

    Our sincere condolences Gord and may Leslie Rest In Peace

    Much Love from All of us at PanGlobal

  10. On 27/10/2022 at 1:10 pm Shashi Narayan Said:

    Heartfelt Condolences to you dear Gord. Wishing you immense strength to bear the irreparable loss of your beloved wife.

  11. On 06/11/2022 at 9:11 am the Koizumi Family Said:


    Words are inadequate to describe our heartfelt condolences to you, your family, and others close to you and Leslie. We hope time transforms the feelings of loss and sadness with thoughts of happier moments and special memories. You’re a great friend. Please reach out at any time.

    the Koizumi family

  12. On 06/11/2022 at 2:17 pm Doreen Krause Said:

    Dear Gord and family members. I am so sorry for your loss. Leslie was the Manager at Ten Thousand Villages here in Red Deer when I first had the privilege of meeting her. She was always so positive and easy to work for and with. I know that you are missing her very much. I was honoured to be able to provide her with a carrot cake before she passed.

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