Kenneth George Leech

26-May-1922 - 30-Jun-2020

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Forever In Our Hearts

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Kenneth George Leech of Calgary on June 30, 2020 at 98 years of age.

Ken was born in Hamilton, ON on May 26, 1922.  He was predeceased by his three brothers, Robert (Bob), his twin brother Donald (Don) and Norman (Norm) Leech; his wife Jean, his son Kenneth, grandson Bradley McKay and son-in-law William (Bill) McKay.  

Ken will be remembered for his service with the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War, where he served from 1942 – 1946, as a Bombardier off the west coast of Canada.\Ken and Jean were married in Hamilton and had two children, Kenny and Diane.  The family moved from Hamilton to Calgary in 1960 to open the Firestone Tire plant.  He was the Warehouse Plant Manager until its closure and his subsequent retirement in 1978 after 40 years with Firestone.

Ken and Jean were married for 61 years, before her passing in 2004.  They enjoyed Ken’s early retirement with many activities and adventures.  They were volunteers for the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, enjoyed playing cards, golfing, curling, bowling, square dancing, snowbirds to Arizona with frequent stops in Nevada for a little gambling.  They especially enjoyed taking their grandchildren on camping adventures, one trip was for the girls and the next was for the boys as well as many west coast salmon fishing trips, meeting up with their many friends.  He also became an accomplished strawberry rhubarb pie baker to be enjoyed by all.  

In his later years, Ken learned to love painting and even enjoyed bingo.  Ken never lost his love for a glass of good Scotch.

Ken will be dearly missed by his devoted daughter, Diane McKay, daughter-in-law Mary Leech, his grandchildren Katherine Domville (Russell), Dylan Leech (Ailsa), Angus Leech (Susan), Jessica Leech (Nathan Maycher); his great-grandchildren Sasha McKay, Cole Domville, Jake Domville, Kaia Maycher, Leif Maycher, and Sage Leech, as well as his nieces Patty King and Christine Collins, and nephew Tim Leech.

A special Thank You to the staff at Carewest Colonel Belcher for taking such good care of my Dad, Ken Leech.

A private Graveside Service and reception will be held in his honour.

Kenneth George Leech
Posted by Rosemary Wishart | 08-Jul-2020

My condolences to all the family. My thoughts are with you.

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Kenneth George Leech
Posted by Tim Leech | 06-Jul-2020

My Uncle Ken was one of the best men I ever had the good fortune to know. He was my dad's twin brother and the last Leech brother to pass. Many people say I look a lot like him, not my dad. He helped Elaine and I out on many occasions when we lived in Calgary in the 80s and Ken and Jean had us to their house on many occasions for family dinners when we there. Uncle Ken and I would get together later when I was working in Calgary and had weekend layovers to do some exploring, visit Diane and have a few beers/scotch together. At 98 he had an incredibly long life and touched the lives of countless people. He will be greatly missed by a lot of people.

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