Leo Paul Morin

August 15, 1943July 22, 2013
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LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RET’D) LEO PAUL MORIN, CD Past Commanding Officer and former Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, The Ontario Regiment (RCAC); retired employee of General Motors’ Oshawa Truck Assembly Centre.

Suddenly at his residence on Monday, 22 July 2013, in his 70th year. Predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Mae Morin (nee Courtney). Loving and devoted husband of 43 years to Alexandra (Sandy) Hill. Cherished father of Victoria and Andrew (Katrina). Adored Papa to Caroline and Beatrix. Dear brother of Margaret (Toronto) and Joe. Loving uncle to Diane and Lisa and predeceased by his nephew David. Fondly remembered by his cousins Doug in Oshawa, Ron in Australia, and his aunt Yvette Morin and several cousins in St. Lin and Montréal, Québec. Leo’s selflessness, humour, compassion, and gentle moral character will be sorely missed by his family, friends, colleagues and military comrades. LCol Morin had a long and distinguished record of military, professional and volunteer service. Born in New Liskeard on 15 August 1943 and raised in Oshawa, he graduated from Holy Cross Catholic School and Oshawa Central Collegiate Institute. He joined Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps “DRAKE”, attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and became a Midshipman on the Cadet Instructors List. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant (Navy) in 1965 prior to being commissioned in 1966 as an officer in The Ontario Regiment (RCAC). He filled all key unit appointments and served as its Commanding Officer from 1980-83, after which he served on the Directing Staff of the Militia Officer Training School (Toronto) and the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff School (Kingston). In 1988, he was appointed Deputy Commander, Toronto (Militia) District, now 32 Canadian Brigade Group. In 1994 he was posted to Land Forces Central Area Headquarters, where he served as Senior Staff Officer (Armour) until his retirement from the Army in December 1997. LCol Morin served as President of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association (Cavalry) from 1984-85 and was a Life Member on Council from 1997-2005. For 30 years he served as a member and, later, Chair of the Ontario Regiment’s Senate, Board of Trustees, and Foundation. More recently, he was a regional governor of Reserves 2000, where he tirelessly advocated on behalf of Canada’s Reserve Force personnel. He served as the Ontario Regiment’s Honorary Lieutenant Colonel from 2002-07 and was Treasurer of the national Council of Honorary Colonels (Army) from 2004-09. In civilian life, Leo was briefly employed at Duplate (Oshawa) before joining GM‘s Oshawa Truck Assembly Centre, serving in various industrial engineering positions for 37 years until his retirement in August 2001. More recently, he was a member of the General Motors Salaried Employees Organization (GENMO) Political Action Committee, which is fighting for the welfare of GM Canada’s salaried retirees. LCol Morin’s volunteer and community service was extensive: A former member and advisor to the Navy League of Canada; founding member and lifelong volunteer at the Ontario Regiment Ferret Club; President and Chair (until his death) of the Ontario Regiment Museum and Oshawa Aeronautical, Military and Industrial Museum; member, Oshawa United Veteran Services Committee and an organizer of Oshawa’s annual Festival of Remembrance; President, Ontario Regiment Association; Director, Great Lakes Financial Company, Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. A member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute for over 30 years, he served on its Board of Directors from 2010-12. He was a member of the Fort York Branch 165 Royal Canadian Legion, Friends of the Canadian War Museum, Conference of Defence Associations Institute, and an honorary member of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada, Unit 11 (Oshawa). LCol Morin was awarded the Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in addition to the Canadian Forces Decoration with two bars. The family will receive friends at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 KING ST W (905.721.1234), OSHAWA, on Sunday, 28 July 2013 from 2:00 pm to 4:00pm and 7:00pm to 9:00pm. A celebration of Leo’s life will be held at his spiritual home, ST. GERTRUDE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 690 KING ST E, OSHAWA, on Monday, 29 July 2013 at 10:30am with a reception to follow at the Col. R.S. McLaughlin Armoury, 53 Simcoe St N, Oshawa. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Ontario Regiment Museum c/o The Ontario Regiment Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 28, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, July 28, 2013
  • Celebration of Leo's Life Monday, July 29, 2013

Leo Paul Morin

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John Wever

August 6, 2014

My sincere condolences to the Morin family. I have many good memories of Leo through brief encounters while on the hustings in Oshawa. I appreciated his presence, support and subtle ways.

Denis O'Sullivan

September 17, 2013

To the Morin family

Although I am late to learn of Leo's passing, it still comes as a shock to me. I was fortunate to have worked with him from 1975 to 1987 in the GM Oshawa Truck Plant. He was a calm and diligent sort, who was a role model to me as an apprentice of sorts.

His commitment to all he set out to do was apparent, along with his love for family and country.

Glenn Moriarty

August 25, 2013

Morin Family,
It was with great sadness that I recently heard the news of the loss of a great man. Sincere condolences to all the family from the Moriarty family.

David Lewis

August 6, 2013

Appreciation, love and respect for a good person / good friend like Leo Morin know no boundaries of time or space.

Misty Knight

July 30, 2013

Your family is in my prayers.

July 29, 2013


My thoughts are with you Sandra. I wish I had been well enough to come to the service at the church this morning. Take care of yourself.

Mary Clarke

Michelle Spicher

July 29, 2013

Dear Victoria
I am so saddened and shocked to hear of your dad's sudden passing. Your dad and I had a lot of good laughs and I always enjoyed our conversations over current events. I was very touched to see him when I was in need of comforting during Derek's passing. I will miss his talks very, very much. You were truly blessed to have such an outstanding father. I know how much you will miss him. You and your family are in my prayers. I think of you always and will be thinking of you more now as your life has changed so dramatically. Once again we are reminded of how precious life is and all our relationships with each other need to be cherished.
Thinking of you all,
Michelle Spicher

Amanda Roffey (nee Kersten)

July 29, 2013

Dear Morin Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Leo's kind words, warm smile and contributions on various community groups will be sadly missed.

Jeff Patterson

July 29, 2013

Leo was a gentleman in every sense of the word, with caring, compassion and generosity that knew no bounds. His sterling character and bubbly personality were personality traits every man can aspire to. He will be forever missed by anyone whose paths were fortunate enough to cross with his. My family's thoughts and prayers go out to Sandra, Victoria, Andrew and the rest of Leo's wonderful family.

WO Mike Richard

July 29, 2013

To the Morin Family

Sorry to hear of your loss, and sincere condolences from my family to yours. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

RIP Sir.