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LEONARD MARCOE It is with deep sadness and loving memories we announce that Leonard Marcoe passed away at the Health Sciences Centre on Saturday, February 5, 2011 with his daughter Valli at his side. Leonard was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Max, and more sadly and recently, by his dear son Paul in January, 2010 and his loving wife Bernice in May, 2010. He is survived by his devoted daughter Valli; his sister Malca; Paul's partner Karen; and his beautiful grandson Jack, along with his adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Leonard was married to his partner and best friend Bernice for 61 years. They were devoted to each other and their love and mutual respect was evident. Leonard loved being a husband, father, a mentor, a teacher, writer, gardener and friend. With his wife's support, Leonard was able to pursue his dream of becoming an artist and operating his art gallery. He was instrumental in providing many local artists with opportunities for recognition and success. Leonard also did some broadcast work for CBC radio which included reviews of art, food, bakeries, Folklorama, movies and theatre. One of his biggest joys was having children come to his gallery for art classes. Leonard loved travelling to tropical climates, and he and Bernice had many adventures in their travels to the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico. These experiences were often reflected in the vibrancy of his art. Leonard would visit the Rady Centre on a daily basis to exercise and the people he encountered there both as employees and members became an integral part of his circle of friends. The past year was challenging and difficult, but Leonard's daughter Valli ensured that Leonard would remain in his home and they had a loving and close relationship. As well, the visits from his grandson Jack were always a source of joy. A special thanks to Leonard's homecare workers, Linda W. and Toba. They became a part of the family and Leonard looked forward to their daily visits and was truly grateful for their care. The family would also like to thank the nursing staff at A5 and the stepdown unit on A3 at the Health Sciences Centre for their care and compassion. Funeral services were held on February 7, 2011 followed by an evening gathering of friends and family. Flowers are gratefully declined. You may wish to make a donation to the charity of your choice or to the Leonard Marcoe Art Camp Program Scholarship Fund established in his name at the Rady Centre. Leonard loved gardening, and we ask that you remember him by planting a beautiful flower this spring and every spring.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 12, 2011
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