Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Hillcrest Village, Midland, in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late H. John Leadlay. Cherished mum of Margaret (Mel) Waldner of Middleton, NS, Robert (Pam) of London and Hal (Andrea) of Peterborough. Lovingly remembered, as Nana to her grandchildren, Chris, Jake, Seth, Noah, Rachael, Shawn and Scott and by her niece Betty Whittington of Gatineau, PQ and surviving brother, Robert “Bob” (Eileen) Bourne of Barrie. Born Dec. 21, 1933 in Ottawa, Lois grew up in many areas of Canada as the daughter of an RCAF officer. The only girl in a family of 3 boys, Lois grew up with a love of geography, dogs and nature and a great sense of fun.
A dedicated “behind the scenes” worker, Lois always got the job done, with humour and quick wit, working as clerical staff for: the National Research Council- Ottawa, A.V. Roe (Proud member of the Avro Arrow Project, she saw the Arrow’s first flight) in Malton, many Etobicoke Elementary Schools as secretary (which she also helped to unionize under CUPE) and Zen Air in Midland or her many volunteer positions: Scout’s Canada (Akela, 16th and 22nd Humberwest and 3 bead Gilwell wood badge holder -Trainer II), Sunday School teacher, North York Obedience club, Midland and District Kennel Club, St John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs, Bluewater-Georgina-Wendake Winter Beach Patrol, and Team Lead with Therapeutic Paws of Canada in the Midland area.
A Breast Cancer survivor, Lois was never one to quit, quietly doing her best and always seeing the bright side. The family would like to acknowledge the care she received first at King Place, then Hillcrest Village (Harbour Suites) in Midland, and PSW Liz Acs, whose care and friendship knew no bounds. Her many friends and coworkers fondly remember her kindness, selflessness, her willingness to pitch in, and that delightful sense of fun that made any task a joy. She was truly loved and she will be missed.
Due to the current pandemic, a memorial service will be planned at a later date. If you would like to make a donation in Lois’ memory, please consider Heart and Stroke Foundation or Therapeutic Paws of Canada.
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