A tribute to the memory of
Leo was the love of my
life. We met in the 'autumn' of our lives and our twenty-year marriage
was blessed with warmth, love, and respect. Leo was
enthusiastic about all our activities and was most encouraging to me when I
was busy writing, painting or being creative in any way. He was an
active and adventurous man who had travelled extensively in his younger
years. He was fearless! For Leo, there was no roller-coaster
terrifying enough ... no water-slide high enough. He was an avid
ten-pin bowler, participating in this sport three and sometimes four
times a week! Over the years, Leo continued to pursue new and
exciting challenges ... white water rafting on the Colorado River,
snorkeling, parasailing and body-flying, to name a few. On Canada
Day 2012, Leo and I fulfilled our
scariest joint 'bucket-list' entry by doing the EdgeWalk on the CN
Leo was a kind, mild-mannered man ... highly intelligent and
well-informed. He loved to watch Jeopardy and it delighted him to
astonish others by shouting out the correct responses before the TV contestants
even had a chance to press their buzzers. Leo loved to sing and was a
member of the Entertainers of the Wagman Centre, a group of seniors who
performed at hospitals, nursing homes and seniors' residences.
He was a watchmaker for forty-four years and had been a volunteer for
over ten years as the innkeeper at Black Creek Pioneer Village.
Leo had also been a volunteer at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and
in Israel's Sar-El program. Leo was in his late seventies when he encouraged me to join him to
audition for a play. Despite our trepidation prior to audition,
Leo and I were selected to be in the cast of "Oliver" and hence enjoyed
our little show business stint with Steppin' Out Productions.
Leo, a sensitive and sentimental man, cried as easily as he
laughed. He was honest and trustworthy in all his dealings and was
well-loved and respected by everyone. Leo
was the man who brought music and laughter into my life. How hard it is
to believe that I'll never see him again! I pray that he'll
come to me in dreams so that I'd be able to see his face and hear his
Rest peacefully, Leo. I love you. I miss you.
Visit Leo's final resting place here ...