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Born: Nov 06, 1924

Date of Passing: Jul 15, 2020

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November 6, 1924 - July 15, 2020

On Wednesday, July 15 2020, Leo passed away peacefully at the age of 95.
Leo is survived by his children, Donna (Cliff) Fox, Leona (Syd) Enns and Paul (Crystal) Degelman. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Josh, Chris (Laura), Katie (Jordan), Ashley (Terra) and Chelsey (Andreas); along with great-grandchildren, Luke and Violet, Conner, Liam and Avery, Haddie and Eva, and Lyla. He will also be missed by good friend Francis Buxton, and sister and brother-in-law, Jessie Benstead and Don Currie.
Leo was born on November 6, 1924, the youngest child of Albert and Annie Degelman, on the Southside of Transcona. In his last years, he often travelled back in time remembering his happy childhood with his loving parents, and playing in the fields with his brother John, skating and hanging out with good friend Jim Buxton. Leo loved all sports and enjoyed playing hockey and curling.
At the age of 18, Leo enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and served on the HMCS Royal Mount as a Submarine Detector. During the Battle of the Atlantic, Leo was involved in eight convoy crossings with no ships lost.
Once the war was over, Leo returned to his employment, tin smith by trade, at the CNR in Transcona for over 30 years.
What started as a blind date in a rumble seat of a car led to 64 years of love with Doreen (Dodie), the love of his life, until Doreen passed away in 2012. Leo was a gentle, kind man devoted to his family above all. As well as being 'foreman' to his children's many house projects, he also cared for his aging father and siblings.
Leo and Doreen had a special love for the 'lake' home they built out of the wilderness on Clytie Bay in Shoal Lake, Ontario. It was a special meeting place for family and friends. Leo loved to fish and spend time with the grandchildren, alongside his many building projects. On arrival to the lake, there was always the anticipated cold beer in the fridge.
Leo's family would like to thank the staff at Pembina Place Personal Care Home for their care of our dad, especially in these trying times of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Dear Donna, Leona and Paul! Prayfully, condolences are being extended to the three of you and your families. As you and your parents were about five or six houses away from ours at the time and we were all members of Sherwood Park Lutheran Church, we did get to see your parents often, with always a kind word to share. And I did get to know Paul through Hampstead School attendance. It is always difficult when our parents pass away and we, the next generation must continue with life going forward. Perhaps, even keeping some of the traditions that your family had, especially, out at the lake. With sincere sympathy, Lorraine Kozera - Posted by: Lorraine Kozera (Neighbour) on: Jul 25, 2020

  • On behalf of Don Currie (brother-in-law) and his family, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to family and friends of Leo, he was a wonderful man, may he rest in peace with Dodie by his side. - Posted by: Don Currie (Brother-in-law) on: Jul 22, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing Paul! I remember him as such a nice guy. Always collected and wise with advice. He will certainly be missed and we are all blessed for knowing him! - Posted by: Ron Taggart (Friend) on: Jul 19, 2020

  • Dear Donna, Paul and Leona: We are so sorry to hear about Uncle Leo passing away. We have great memories of him and your Mom at many family BBQ’s in Transcona, visiting their cottage in Clytie Bay, a great trip to Kona Hawaii with all of us and the many visits to Kelowna to visit us all here. Uncle Leo will be dearly missed by us and please accept our deepest condolences. Hugs to you all at this sad time. Sharon and Brian - Posted by: Sharon and Brian Roberts (niece) on: Jul 18, 2020

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