Leslie Fazekas was born in Debrecen, Hungary, in 1925. In 1943, Leslie began dating Judit (Judy), who he reunited with after the war and married on May 19, 1949. In Hungary, Leslie earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest and spent seven years as an engineer at a steam engine factory. In 1956, he and his family fled Hungary and immigrated to Toronto, where Leslie worked as a draftsman, a computer programmer and a systems analyst and consultant. In 1968, Leslie was hired by the Ministry of Health to organize and program OHIP, where he worked for twenty years until his retirement in 1988. Leslie lives with his wife, Judy, in Toronto and they have two sons, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.