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FATHER RONALD LEGER

Born: Apr 25, 1938

Date of Passing: Jul 30, 2019

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PERE RONALD LEGER, CSV
1938 - 2019

Le père Ronald Léger, clerc de Saint-Viateur, est décédé au centre Riverview à Winnipeg (Manitoba) le mardi 30 juillet 2019, à l'âge de 81 ans, dans sa 58e année de profession religieuse et sa 55e année de sacerdoce.
Né à Cornwall (Ontario), le 25 avril 1938, le père Léger a émis ses premiers voeux le 15 août 1961 et a été ordonné prêtre, le 10 avril 1965.
Le père Léger a enseigné les mathématiques au Collège de Cornwall pendant deux ans (1966-1968) avant d'aller compléter sa formation en mathématiques à l'Université de Washington. En 1971, il rejoint la communauté viatorienne du Manitoba et, après une année d'étude à l'université du Manitoba en vue de son baccalauréat en éducation, il devient professeur au Collège secondaire de St-Boniface. En plus de l'enseignement, il s'implique dans le ministère paroissial les fins de semaines particulièrement à Blessed Sacrament et à Saint-Emile.
En 1979-1980, il doit prendre une année de repos et de ressourcement à Montréal. De retour au Manitoba, il reprend l'enseignement à temps partiel et, avec l'aide du curé de la paroisse St-Emile, Mgr. Empson, assisté d'un conseil d'administration, il fonde le "Drop-in Centre" pour venir en aide aux jeunes en difficulté. Il y demeurera jusqu'en 1995 au moment de sa prise en charge de la paroisse de la Ste-Famille où il exercera la fonction de Pasteur pendant près de vingt ans.
Outre sa famille religieuse, le père Léger laisse dans le deuil ses frères et leurs épouses Rhéal (Madeleine), Gérald (Inez) et Rosaire (Heather), son beau-frère Edouard George (feu Rita), ses bellessoeurs Lise Benoit (feu Guy), Jeannine Riel (feu Robert), de nombreux neveux et nièces ainsi qu'un très grand nombre d'amis.
Les funérailles, en présence des cendres du P. Léger, seront célébrées le lundi 5 août 2019 à 10 h à l'adresse:

450, avenue Querbes
Outremont, QC

Elles seront suivies de l'inhumation au cimetière de la Congrégation à Rigaud. Un service commémoratif aura lieu le samedi 24 août à 10h30 à la paroisse Ste-Famille située au:

778, rue Archibald
Winnipeg, Manitoba

La direction des funérailles a été confiée au salon mortuaire Frères LeClaire, 204-775-2220.

FATHER RONALD LEGER
1938 - 2019

Father Ronald Léger, Cleric of St. Viator, died at the Riverview Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the age of 81. It was his 58th year of religious profession and 55th year of priesthood.
Born in Cornwall, Ontario, on April 25, 1938, Father Léger made his first vows on August 15, 1961 and was ordained a priest on April 10, 1965.
Father Léger taught mathematics at Cornwall College for two years (1966 to 1968) before completing his Master's degree in Mathematics at the Catholic University in Washington. In 1971, he joined the Viatorian community in Manitoba. After a year of study at the University of Manitoba, he obtained a B. Ed, and became a teacher at the "Collège Secondaire de St-Boniface". In addition to teaching, he became involved in parish ministry on weekends, especially at Blessed Sacrament and Saint-Emile.
In 1979 to 1980, he took a year of rest and renewal in Montreal. Upon his return to Manitoba, he resumed teaching part-time and with the help of St. Emile's Parish Pastor, Mgr. Empson, and assisted by a board of directors, Ron founded the Drop-in Centre to help young people with difficulties. He remained there until 1995 when he took charge of Holy Family Parish where he served as Pastor for nearly 20 years.
In addition to his religious congregation, Father Léger leaves behind his brothers and their wives, Rhéal (Madeleine), Gérald (Inez) and Rosaire (Heather), his brother-in-law Edouard George (late Rita), his sisters-in-law, Lise Benoit (late Guy) and Jeannine (late Robert), many nephews and nieces and a very large number of friends.
Funeral Mass in the presence of Fr. Léger's ashes will be celebrated on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the following address:

450, avenue Querbes
Outremont, QC

This will be followed by the burial at the Congregation's cemetery in Rigaud.
A commemorative service will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10.30 a.m. at Holy Family Parish located at:

778 Archibald St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

LECLAIRE BROTHERS
475 Provencher Blvd.
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 03, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • It is with sadness that I hear of the passing of Ron Léger. He was a fun mathematics teacher who always had nice things to say and was always kind towards me. He baptized my daughter and will remain one of my fond memories of College Saint Boniface. - Posted by: Marc Pelletier (Student) on: Aug 19, 2019

  • Just heard of your passing. May you feel free in God’s golden Kingdom. You helped many people through your congregation and in your many years of teaching. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Patricia McNair (Former student) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • Dear Leger families, From the first day that I met Father Leger at College Secondaire de St.Boniface, I knew he would be my friend and a great teacher! I could count on him no matter what life sent. He had time to listen and time to give and share. His teachings as a "Catholic Priest" gave me a better understanding about my destination in life and how to forgive! I will continue to share the blessings with my family and friends! So sorry for your loss! He will be missed by many! - Posted by: Lucie (Allard)Webb (Former student) on: Aug 03, 2019

  • Père Ron a été notre pasteur, notre conseiller, notre très bon ami. Nos condoléances à sa famille, sa communauté religieuse et ses nombreux amis. - Posted by: Norma Lacroix-Gagné et Antoine Gagné (amis) on: Aug 03, 2019

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