Leo Joseph Leydon
17 July, 1926 – 20 September, 2019
Leo Joseph Leydon, beloved and devoted husband of Joan, passed away at the age of 93 on Friday, September 20th, 2019 at TatagwaView, Weyburn Saskatchewan. Leo was predeceased by his parents, Rod and Georgina, his brother James, sisters Dulcie Hampshire and Noreen Kennedy. Leo will be greatly missed by Joan his surviving wife of 67 years, his children, Michael (Noella), Saskatoon; Frances Parzen (Norbert), Calgary; Sara (Stephen McGrath), Olds, AB; Genevieve Hudec (Paul), Calgary; and Rebecca (Randal Doane), Oberlin, Ohio; 13 grandchildren (Shannon, Angela, Eric, Theresa, Mackenzie, Michael, Leah, Alexandria, Stephen, Kristina, Colin, Christopher, Katherine) and 14 great-grandchildren (Eve, Anna, Jonah, Patrick, Zachary, Adelaide, Katherine, Benjamin, James, Emma, Faye, Colin, Declan, Lydia). Leo was born July 17, 1926 in the CPR station in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, third of four siblings. Leo grew up and attended school in Estevan SK and later graduated from the University of Toronto, College of Optometry in the class of 1948. Leo met his future bride Joan McGinn at Neuman Club at the U of T and was married to Joan at St Monica’s parish in Toronto in 1952. After his graduation, Leo joined an optometric practice in Weyburn and then brought Joan to Weyburn after they were married. Leo was a devoted husband and father and raised a family of 5 children, and many assorted pets. Leo served Weyburn and the surrounding area, along with his brother James, in their optometry practice at the corner of 3rd St. and Railway Ave. for over 45 years. Leo proudly gave active service to his church and community. He was a founding member of the Weyburn Catholic school board, was active in multiple service clubs, the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul Parish Council, and at the Weyburn Golf Club where was recognized as a Life Member. Leo also served several terms on the Senate of the University of Regina. He will be remembered for his genuine interest and selfless concern for all. Nothing provided Leo with greater satisfaction than the opportunity to look after his family, his relatives, his patients and friends and neighbours. Leo will be remembered as a meticulous gardener, an exacting wood worker, a crafty bridge player, a competitive golfer, an active curler, a natty dresser, an aspiring photographer and an engaging conversationalist. In 1968, he built his family a beautiful summer retreat, “Tranquility Base” at White Bear Lake where he became master and commander of his “Flying Junior” sailboat. The cottage at White Bear provided the family with many years of enjoyment and good memories. Leo, ever the adventurer, and Joan, the faithful travelling companion, enjoyed their trips over the years to Europe and parts of Canada and the USA. A highlight for Leo was a 6 week driving tour of Ireland. In retirement, their favourite destination was Cathedral City, California, where they returned for many successive winters, along with fellow Canadian “snowbirds” including friends from Weyburn, Leo’s cousin Bob McDonald and wife Joannie, and many new friends from the US and Canada. “Date Palm” became a popular brief winter getaway location for many Leydon children and grandchildren as well. Celebrating the life milestones of grandchildren and great-grandchildren also became a major part of Leo’s job description. Leo and Joan made many treks to Calgary and Saskatoon for baptisms, confirmations, weddings and birthdays. Leo’s own birthday in July was also cause for major celebration, and only made better when the family was able to gather in Waskesiu. One of his last projects was assisting with the fund-raising for the Pioneer Women’s statue in Weyburn. This project allowed him to serve his community one last time, work with a team of friends and community members he admired and respected and gave him the opportunity to meet again with many Weyburn residents. Leo appreciated the support of his daily coffee and Sunday breakfast colleagues who provided great companionship and conversation in his last years. Special Thanks to: Holly and Tanya of the Comforts of Home Senior Care for all their kindness, support and friendship to Leo, Joan and family in the last few months; the many friends who drove Leo to so many treatments in Regina over the last 2 years; Jessica Ongco and others who supported them in their desire to stay in their home as long as possible; close friends (Claire Kuhn, Joe and Jean Janoski, Philip and Gloria Fong); Betty Van Staveren for her wonderful baking; Bob Lukey and many others for rides to coffee; staff at Tatagwa View for their loving care and support in the last difficult weeks of Leo’s life; Dr. Allan Fong for his care and friendship to Leo and family; the nurses and staff of Weyburn Home Care; and doctors, nurses and staff at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre. Prayers will be said on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, September 30, 11:00 am. Both will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weyburn, Saskatchewan with Fr. Francis Plaparampil presiding. Interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Donations in memory of Leo may be made to Tatagwa View, Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7
- Prayers Sunday, 29 September , 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, 30 September , 2019
Leo Joseph Leydon
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20 October 2019
Sorry I was unable to attend Leo's funeral but my thoughts and prayers are with the family.Was always greeted by Leo and a special relationship with his daughter-law Newella.
3 October 2019
To Joan and family,
Jack and I spent many pleasant times in Cathedral City with Leo and Joan - Joan and I exercising at the pool while the guys went golfing. My sincere condolences to all the members of the family. Gloria Onstad
2 October 2019
Thanks daddy-o for all your lessons, patient or otherwise, :) . But I still think you could have learned something from me in regards to lawn care!
May your heavenly grass always be green and care free. Love Zazu
1 October 2019
My deepest sympathy to Joan and the Leydon family. My work alongside Leo early in my career was a blessing. Though my time working in Weyburn was short, Leo instantly became a wonderful mentor and great teacher. To this day I am reminded of the lessons in business and life that Leo taught. One big lesson was no matter how long you have been practicing Optometry or life you can always learn and try new ideas. I have seen Leo occasionally over the years and he always welcomed me with his big smile and warm laugh. I have had the pleasure of seeing his family in Calgary and Olds over the years and was always greeted with “Dad (aka Leo) sends a big hello”. Even from a distance he was such a caring man. My memory of Leo will live on.
Colleen Lenius Koller
30 September 2019
My deep sympathy in the death of Leo. He became my optometrist in 1964 and I continued to see him after I left Weyburn. We had a fun relationship while trying to deal with contact lens. ! We went to the same church and he told me I had to wear them through mass, and he checked on me after mass! Oh it was painful! But soon got better. He was a great guy. Loved his sense of humor. RIP LEO
Gerry & Shirley Wheeler
26 September 2019
Our deepest sympathy to Leo’s family. We had a short visit recently while both sitting at Lab at Weyburn General. We seen how he had failed but he never once complained still had that beautiful smile. He now rests peacefully in the hands of our Lord. We were privileged to have know such a fine man.
25 September 2019
Leo was a gem of a gentleman. Had some great chats over the years and his warm voice and common sense approach always impressed me. He never failed to say my name when greeting me. Great memory. Wonderful family man.
23 September 2019
Leo was a dear friend. We will miss him dearly. Our memory of him is of our Sunday morning breakfasts after mass when we had the most beautiful visits and we did this for many many years.