William Ernest Marshall Leech

In Memorial

Nov. 13, 1936 – April 21, 2012

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Bill. Predeceased by his son Dana in 2005 and his brother Larry in 1992. Survived by Barbara, his loving wife of nearly 54 years, his daughters, Shelly & Lynda (Brian), his grandchildren Jamie (Mike), Jeff, Lindsay, Colten & Michael. His brothers Gordon, Ron(Janice), Raymond,Wayne (Joy) and his sister Donna (Casey). Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, team-mates, colleagues & friends. Bill was born in Glenavon, Saskatchewan and was the 4th son of Albert & Jean Leech. His family settled in Hammond in 1950. He attended Maple Ridge highschool where he met his sweetheart Barbara whom he married in 1958. Early in his career Bill worked at the Maple Ridge Hotel, the Hammond Mill, C.P. Transport, Joe’s Garage before settling in for many years with Fraser River Pile & Dredge until a workplace accident forced him into early retirement in 1993. Still, he loved to tend to his garden and was always the first person to volunteer when a friend, neighbor or family member needed help. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Legion Branch 88 where he enjoyed the Saturday meat draws and having a beer with friends. Bill was an avid sports fan and loved the Lions, the Canucks & The Blue Jays. He was also a lifetime member of the Golden Ears Curling Club & still played in the Masters League on Mondays and Wednesdays. As he was usually the first to arrive at the rink he took it upon himself to have the coffee ready for the curlers and as such the coffee shop was affectionately named “Billy’s Coffee Shop”. Celebration of Life to be held at Burnett Fellowship Baptist Church, 20639 – 123rd Ave, Maple Ridge at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 27th. We encourage anyone who wishes to share stories or memories of Bill to do so at the service. A private family interment will be held prior to the Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation will be graciously accepted. http://www.rmhfoundation.com/

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  1. Eliza Jim Disdero

    Our heartfelt condolences Barb and family. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Cindy, Rebecca & Eric Leech

    Dear Barb, and to all the family and friends of Bill,

    We were very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. May the Lord Bless you with His Strength and may you find joy and comfort in your memories until we all meet again.

    Thinking of all of you.

    Love coming your way from your Saskatchean cousins
    Cindy, Rebecca & Eric Leech

  3. Dear Barb and family, we are saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in the days ahead. Sincerely, Don and Marlene Davis

  4. Marilyn McIntosh

    Thinking of you

  5. Joanna & Daniel Cannon

    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you these last few days. You are a wonderful family and truly blessed.
    Take strength in each other and in your family and friends.

  6. Sandra (Ritchie)Koyanagi

    Dear Barb and family, sorry to hear of Bill’s passing you are al in my thoughts. Sorry can’t attend. Do take care

  7. Barbara… my school mate long ago and my pal Bill…It is very difficult to pass on my true feelings of the pain and sorrow you are currently going through…. Although locations have kept us from seeing you, no one can take away our memories… of which I have many of Bill and yourself….Gather strength, cherish the love from your family, grieve together and allow time to heal your loss and void in your life…His legacy left to us may differ, but will remain in a special place with me. My sincere condolence to you and your family.

  8. Barb & Family My deepest sympathy for your loss. He will greatly missed by many.

  9. When I saw Bill’s obituary, my first reaction was to let his family know that he left a a lasting impression on me.
    Among the thousands of people I have met, there are but a few who continue to stand out in my memory and Bill is one of them.
    My condolences to his wife and family. You have lost a great human being.
    Marco Terwiel

  10. Vic & Cecile Foisy

    Dear Barbara & Family,
    So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a pleasant person, so friendly and always had something nice to say about everyone. His presence at the Golden Ears Curling Club will be sorely missed, especially by the Seniors who very much appreciated all his good works and coffee making skills.

  11. Dear Barb, my thoughts are with you. Bill was a very kind man and good hearted person. He will be missed by many people. Sending you a big hug!
    Love Alison

  12. Ian & Marion Paisley

    Dear Barb & family.
    Bill was one of the most thoughtful,honest & genuine men we have had the pleasure of meeting.
    Our thoughts are with you.Ian & Marion

  13. Dick and Audrey Demos

    Dear Barb and family:

    We were saddened to hear about Bill’s passing. We shared many good times with you, Barb, Bill and the rest of your family. Our thoughts are with all of you.

    Dick and Audrey Demos

  14. “seven spanish angelscalled another angel home” That,s a line from oe of bills favorite tunes.
    Iam sure that all who knew my brother Bill would agree that this angel was called home too soon!
    Bill touched so many people and gave so much to those he touched, never asking for antthing in return but perhaps a “TOUCH”
    Bill was my older brother “but come to think of it they were all older” He taught me if you can’t say anything nice about anyone don’t say any thing at all which was taught to him by our dad “BULL DOZER”
    Bill loved to sing and he really had a powerful voice so much so that he has awakened or scared many children in the family, one day we all hoped that he would remember the words!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I could go on and on but I will close by saying that I for one will miss that big wonderful GENTLEMAN but not as much as his beautiful wife Barb and their children, grandchildren, and soon to be first great grandchild.
    So for now

  15. Gordie & Dot Harty

    Dear Barb and Family:

    We send our deepest sympathy and love to you at this saddest time.
    Bill was very special in our lives for decades, and we will cherish all our memories of a truly fine man and a great friend.

  16. Jennifer kedziora

    I wasn’t close with uncle bill, but when I saw him at the latest family reunion he said “jennifer get inside and stop smoking you” and laughed as I walked in with my friend. Uncle bill and aunt Donna were the closest to me because of mama-j and my mom bubba. My mom would boast about about Shelly and all the trouble they got into as kids, and they remained closer than ever before she passed. Uncle bill was a character, one of a kind, he was a leech. I swear you can spot a leech out of no where. They are kind, but straight shooters and are a rare bread of people. I feel so blessed as to have them as my family. Rip uncle bill. Glenavon will never be the same with those 3 streets, one traffic light, one hardware store, and one hotel the whole family would stay in. Rip. Ps you were actually my fav because you and papa were so close.

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