Leon William Miscavish
Leon William Miscavish passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at the age of 84 years.
Leon was born on February 10, 1935 to William and Lea Miscavish (nee Bourgouin), a little brother for his sister Bernice. Leon grew up on the family farm and received his education in McCreary. In his youth, Leon loved to play hockey, baseball and curling. On July 11, 1959, Leon married Ella Tucker and together they raised a family of 5 children Kenneth, Lynn, Sharon, Garry and Jaydeen. They were married for 60 years, a testament to their commitment to one another and their faith in God. He was a loving, supportive and faithful husband.
Leon graduated from Red River College as a journeyman electrician in 1963 and worked for Manitoba Hydro in Winnipeg until 1966. The family moved to Lynn Lake where Leon worked in the mine. After 6 years in Lynn Lake, Leon was transferred to the new town of Leaf Rapids where he worked for 22 years until his retirement in 1994 from the Leaf Rapids Town Properties. The north was a great place to raise their family and they made many wonderful friendships. Leon and Ella retired to Ste. Rose du Lac where they made many more good friends.
Leon enjoyed curling, camping, fishing and hunting with family and friends. He explored the mighty Churchill River finding many fine camping and fishing spots that his family enjoyed for years. Spending time with family and in the outdoors were his two favorite things to do. He and Ella were avid golfers and gardeners throughout their retirement, well into their 80's.
He believed in giving back to others and his community. In Leaf Rapids, Leon volunteered as a hockey coach, a member of town council, a member of the Lions Club and as a magistrate. In Ste. Rose, Leon became a Knight of Columbus and delivered Meals on Wheels and assisted with church fundraisers
Leon was raised with strong Christian values which he and Ella passed on to their family. He held strong family values, always welcoming family and friends into their home. Their household was always full of love and laughter. He cherished each and everyone of their 5 children, 12 grandchildren and especially loved their dogs too! He loved to socialize and had a way of making others feel loved and special. Leon had a gift of making people laugh with his lighthearted sense of humor and quick wit. He blessed others with this even as his dementia progressed. Leon showed kindness to everyone he came into contact with and people were drawn to him.
Leon was predeceased by his parents William and Lea Miscavish, his sister Bernice Cantin, his in-laws Raymond and Agatha Tucker, his brothers-in-law Joseph Tucker and Noel Cantin and his niece Lois Cantin.
He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish many wonderful memories; his wife of 60 years Ella, his children Kenneth (JoAnn) Miscavish, Lynn (Dave) Watkins, Sharon (Henri) Beck, Garry (Shirley) Miscavish, and Jaydeen (Erin) Ginnell, his grandchildren Scott, Megan, Dana, Leah, Michael, Jennifer, Krista, Tara, Lori, Amber, Bradley and Riley along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. O'Hagan and the nurses at the Ste. Rose General Hospital where Leon received wonderful care, as well as Dr. Wiseman, Dr. Pathak and Dr. Cook at CancerCare Manitoba for their excellent care.
Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the Ste. Rose de Lima Roman Catholic Church, Ste. Rose du Lac. Fr. Patrick Neufeld celebrated the mass with a private interment following in the Ste. Rose Cemetery
Should friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of Leon to CancerCare Manitoba.
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