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 
> <> wrote:
> Hello all,
> 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 evenings!
>> 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,
>> Chris Ricciotti
>  ​
> ​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 Golder ​
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