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Date of Passing: Mar 17, 2020

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1956 - 2020

Leo left this world far too soon on March 17, 2020, at the age of 63.
Leo was a man of few words, unless he was talking about his beloved dog Sasha or golf. When he loved someone, it showed and while it may have taken him three tries, he married Jess, the love of his life and partner on the golf course, on August 16, 2008.
Leo had many things in his life that he was proud of: his hole in one, the year he won the club championship at Inwood Golf & Country Club, but nothing made him prouder than his three daughters and his grandchildren. Leo (aka Grumps) loved spending time with his grandchildren, Kelton, Madie, Zenon, Luc, Emery, Ellet and Logan; they were his biggest joy and he was their biggest fan. Watching his grandchildren's activities was probably the only time that he wasn't talking about his dog Sasha or golf.
Leo put 100% of himself into everything he did. Whether it was coaching his kid's activities, playing golf, flying to Edmonton to be with his brother Bert during the transplant or in his work at Kal Tire; he was well known for his integrity and work ethic. He was a good man and he made the best pancakes. Life will look very different without him.....

"I was down, but now I'm flying
Straight across the great divide
I know you're crying, but I'll stop you crying When I see you, I'll see you on the other side"

- Ozzy Osbourne

Once it is safe to do so, a Celebration of Life will be held in Leo's honour.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Leo was a wonderful, active, healthy man who had a good sense of humour. We all adored him. He and Jessica had a rare crazy-madly-in-love marriage. Leo’s daughters and their families have demonstrated the love and honour that embodied Leo as they have helped Jess through this heartbreaking time. I’m so grateful to them. - Posted by: Jennifer Dunbar (Mother-in-law) on: Mar 25, 2020

  • I am sending my deepest sympathies to all of Leo's family and friends. What a man he was. I had the pleasure of knowing Leo prior to being co-workers at Kal Tire. Nothing put a bigger smile on his face, and mine, than talking about our babies (Sasha/Ellie). It was a highlight of my day and no matter how busy we were we always touched base about them! 💕 - Posted by: Chynna Severdija (Co-Worker/Friend) on: Mar 25, 2020

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I knew of you and how wonderful you were. It is with an heavy heart that I feel for Jess and all the people that loved leo. - Posted by: brenda ponting (Friend of Jess zinn) on: Mar 25, 2020

  • I have know Leo for many years, Jess my heart breaks for you and the family. I worked with Leo for 15 years and over time our connection turned him into work family. We shared so much laughter together and even loss. Leo is someone that I truly miss and will never forget. My deepest condolences during this difficult time. Until we meet again my friend. - Posted by: Darlene (Friend) on: Mar 25, 2020

  • I only ever met Leo a few times. But I grew up with his girls. I was really close to Sandie growing up. Leo’s girls all had killer smiles just as he did; not to mention quick wit and humour. They know how to use words and put you in your place. I think mom had something to do with that too! All three girls have incredible hearts. Sandie, Sherie and Kelly I wish you the best. I’m sorry about your dad. My thoughts are with you. ❤️😘❤️ - Posted by: Danielle Rohde (Friend ) on: Mar 25, 2020

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