Keith Harold Leaper

Passed away on 28 April, 2020

Keith, aged 76 years, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Keith is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Barbara (nee Robertson), his K-9 Magnum and his sister Judith (Raymond Lyons). Keith was seventeen when he was employed by Trans-Canada Airlines, renamed Air Canada in 1965, and worked at the GSE shop in Montreal for thirty-eight years.

Following their retirement, Keith and Barbara relocated to Calgary where, on a part-time basis, Keith worked for Air Base. Keith was a people person and made friends easily. There were times Barbara would have liked to put him on a leash.

Keith enjoyed a game of golf, visiting with friends and dining out. As a Noble of the Al Azhar Shrine Temple of Calgary, he took his duties seriously. Driving a Shriner’s Sabre Patrol mini car in parades was not a chore but a joy. Keith will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends. Friends may find comfort in the realization that Keith has happily been reunited with his K-9 kids, Kimo, Sam, Vicki and Zero over the Rainbow Bridge.

In view of the current health crisis, a celebration of Keith’s life will be held at a later date with the burial of his cremated remains in New Hope Cemetery in Cambridge Ontario.

If desired, memorial donations may be made in Keith's memory to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children c/o Al Azhar Shriners, (5225-101 Street N.W. Calgary, Alberta T3L 1S4).


  • Shriner’s Hospital for Children c/o Al Azhar Shriners


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John Sinclair

7 May 2020

We are very sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Keith was a very good friend and was always there for anyone needing help. He was a great volunteer for Dreams Take Flight and sure went out of his way to get so many silent auction items for our auction. We will miss our many times together, We are very sorry Barb for you loss and Keith will always be remembered.

John Sinclair

Gary McKeown

7 May 2020

So sorry for your loss Barb. You and Keith made such a great team. From his being a customer at AC GSE to the two of you being colleagues at Airbase, it has been such a pleasure working with you. His passion for the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada was another one of his great assets.

From everyone here at Airbase Services, we offer you our condolences and will keep Keith in our hearts.

Gary McKeown

Donna Newton

5 May 2020

Keith was by far my favourite customer at the SDM where I worked . He always came in with a wonderful cheery greeting , which always made my day better. He often shared a story about how he and his wife Barb lived and loved their dog Zero . I loved the way Keith always made me feel apart of his family . I’m so sorry to hear of his passing . Sincerely Donna

Ralph Tweten

4 May 2020

Dear Barbara,
We wish to offer our condolences to you, and Keith's sister, and extended family for your loss.
As a neighbour it was always a delight to see and greet you and Keith.
He was always so happy, and positive and always took time to say Hi, with a smile; such an asset to the community.
Words cannot describe how you must feel, thinking of you
Ralph and Richael Tweten

Wes & Dody van der Lee

3 May 2020

Dear Barb and Family,

Dody and I express our deepest sympathy to you during your time of great sorrow. Keith enriched the lives of all who had the good fortune to get to know him.
We know your courage and being surrounded by family and friends will help you get through this difficult time. Our love is with you.

Wes and Dody van der Lee

Earl Fried

2 May 2020

Dear Barb,
So sorry to hear that Keith passed away. Keith was a great volunteer for Dreams Take Flight. I was happy when you and Keith volunteered your time to the charity! We knew the kids were in good hands and we appreciated the help you gave the charity fundraising. We always appreciated Keith’s arrival at the office with his arms full of silent auction items! Prayers for you and your family.

Judy Dickie

1 May 2020

Sincerest condolences to you, Barb, on the loss of your husband, Keith. May your memories bring you comfort in this difficult time.

55 years ago (in the ‘65-‘66 school year), you and I first met as staff members at Sarah Maxwell School in Montreal. We lived close to you in l’Acadie and, like you, we relocated to Calgary in 1998. So, it was with great interest that I came across the obit this morning and immediately recognized the name.

Judy and Jim Dickie. (Nee Judy Wood)

Compton Michael Vieira

1 May 2020

I also had the honor of working under Keith for many years at the GSE shop in Montreal. I found him to be a generous and fair lead hand and a manager later on in his career. He stopped by often when he was in town to say hi and it was always a pleasure to hear how he had no regrets retiring and how life was great out west. He was missed the day he retired as he will surely be missed now. My deepest condolences to the Leaper family.
P.S. There is a facebook page, AC GSE that is dedicated to the GSE shop in YUL and it has pictures stretching back to the 50's. with some pictures of Keith, but unfortunately we are missing his retirement pictures.

Terry Mclean

1 May 2020

Worked for years with Keith and have spent many hours on Night Shift with him Was really sorry to hear to hear he passed away.
Condolences to Barb and all the family
Terry and Lillian Mclean

thomas ohearn

1 May 2020

Working both with and for Keith was a pleasure. The last time I spent time with Keith was at his mom's summer place at Lake Champlain when she was interred at the local cemetery. I was present with Compton Vieirra. So sorry for your loss, he was truly a good man.