Joseph Leach

Joseph Henry Leach

February 20, 1931 - September 28, 2019
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Leach, Joseph Henry. Died at home surrounded by loving family, Saturday, September 28th, 2019. Born February 20th, 1931 in Cache Bay, (near Sturgeon Falls, ON). Beloved son of the late Clarence and Alice (nee Weir) Leach. Wonderful husband of Mary Leach (nee Fraser) since October 8th, 1955. He will be forever missed by daughters Leslie Leach (David Thompson) and Catherine Franklin (Joe C.). Devoted Grandpa of Ian and Alex (Brianna) Thompson, Kevin, Caroline, and Patrick Franklin. Predeceased by siblings; Clarence Jr (Margaret), Ruth, Ralph, Helen Murray (Earl), Ross, Patricia, and Marion Szeliga. Joe is survived by sister-in-laws Betty-June Stewart (RJ d.), Donna Fraser (Jim d.) and Jack Fraser (Sue). Joe will be deeply missed by countless relatives, colleagues, neighbours, and community members. Joe spent his formative years in Alliston, Ontario and is a proud Guelph OAC'54 grad. He also acquired degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Joe spent his career as a research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources at the Fisheries Station in Wheatley. He was integral to the discovery and treatment of invasive zebra mussels in Lake Erie. He humbly preferred to be remembered as a "Friend of the Great Lakes." Joe was a member and served on many committees and boards. Professionally, he was a member of the Board of Technical Experts of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, a past president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research and received a Lifetime Achievement award for years of dedicated service. Following retirement, he served as a consultant and worked with GLIER at the University of Windsor. As a community member, he served on many committees; LAAC, Society for the Preservation of Kingsville's Antiquities, Migration Festival, Kingsville House Tour just to name a few. Joe spent most of his leisure time in his garden, reading, and travelling extensively around the world with his wife Mary. Always a family man, he was staunchly proud of his grandchildren and many family celebrations and trips were enjoyed throughout the years. He loved classical music, architecture, and history. Arrangements have been made at Kendrick Funeral Home (91 Division St. S., Kingsville), visitation October 9th, 3pm to 7pm, followed by a Memorial Service at Epworth United Church (56 Division St S, Kingsville) October 10th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (University of Windsor), Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Epworth United Church, or a charity of your choice.
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"If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need." Marcus Tullius Cicero
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kendrick Funeral Home
    91 Division St. S
    Kingsville, Ontario N9Y 1P5
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, October 10, 2019 11:00am
    Epworth United Church
    56 Division Street S.
    Kingsville, ON N9Y 1P6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. John van Omme



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Susan Blunt

Posted at 02:38pm
I've only just learned of Joe's passing and am very saddened to hear this news. I had the pleasure of working with Joe through the Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, as he did reviews of manuscripts and I edited them. We become good friends and shared many emails long after my role changed and I was no longer sending him reviews. I will miss his wit, and kindness terribly. My sincere condolences.
Susan Blunt

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Posted at 03:15pm
We are thinking of our friend Kevin and all of his family during this difficult time.
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Pauline Dietz

Posted at 11:11am
I had the pleasure of working with Joe for several years at the Lake Erie Fisheries Station . He was always available to answer any question I had, whether it pertained to Lake Erie, fisheries, or basic grammar. He was definitely a Renaissance man; knowlegeable on almost every imaginable topic. A gentleman and a scholar.
My thoughts go out to Mary and all of the extended family. May your happy memories get you through this sad time.
Pauline (Monck) Dietz

Don & Hazel Tregenza

Posted at 08:52am
We first met Joe through a mutual frind, Beth Shaughnessy, as a small group formed to halt the demolition of the Hiram Walker Mettawas train station, with the goal to preserve it. His input and assistance was invaluable, and the station stands today thanks to the foresight and vision of like-minded citizens who saw, like Joe and Mary, its historical significance to the Town of Kingsville. Our deepest condolences to Mary and all the family on the loss of such an inspiring man.
Hazel & Don Tregenza


Posted at 08:16am
Joe: Many of us will miss that smile and that astute intellect. Many of us will also miss your sensible approach to protecting our great lakes and kindred waterways. Joe, you were a fine scientist and a true gentleman the world is not a better place now that you have departed. May your memory and legacy live on you were a most worthy member of the community. Here's to you, old chap.
Dr. Lloyd Brown-John, Kingsville

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