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BLACKWELL, Francis Leigh

December 28, 1928 – March 12, 2013

Francis Leigh Blackwell passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the age of 84 years.

Leigh was born in Simcoe, Ontario and moved to Bearspaw with his brother Bob when he was 12 years old. He grew up in Bearspaw, attended Bearspaw School and later attended Olds College. He married Jean Cholak in 1954, where they operated a dairy farm for many years, and later beef cattle and hay farming.

Leigh was a member of the All Saints Anglican Church in Cochrane and Saint Andrews Anglican Church in Calgary. He was a charter member of the Bearspaw Lions Club, as well as an active community member serving faithfully to many Cochrane and Bearspaw organizations, including the Bearspaw Fair.

Leigh loved music, singing, sports and his dog Lady.

Leigh is survived by his children, Robert (Marla), Michael (Ricki), and Kathy (Kim); and his grandchildren, Kimberley (Peter) Whyte, Ryan Blackwell, Andrea (Dennis) Lowe, Mark Blackwell, Lexie Courtney, and Graham Courtney; brothers and sisters Mary (Stan) Folkner, Jim (Carol Anne) McNeill, Terry (Lorna) McNeill and Anne Mulgrew; as well as various nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Jean Blackwell, brother Bob, and his parents Dorothy and Bill McNeill.

Funeral Services will be held at Rock Point Church Bearspaw (255024 Lochend Road, Calgary, AB.) on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made directly to Pancreatic Cancer Canada, 136-2446 Bank St., Ste #656, Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1A8, www.pancreaticcancer.ca, 1-888-726-2269.

In living memory of Leigh Blackwell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Michele Curkan :

    Dear Kathy, Kim, Lexie and Graham,
    We were saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. We are thinking of you at this time and wanted to send our condolences. Take care of yourselves.
    Michele, John, Curtis and Jordan Curkan

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  2. Ralph & Louise Hughes :

    Kathy your father allowed us to have a very delightful lifestyle with a remarkable view from the river to the plains and mountains. We are saddened by his passing. Ralph and Louise on Blackwell Bay

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  3. Eileen and Jim Lowe :

    Mike and family,
    We had the pleasure of meeting your Dad on a couple of our visits to Calgary and again at Dennis and Andrea’s wedding. Our condolences to you for your loss–a very difficult time.

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  4. Russell, Patricia & David Wiechnik :

    Robert, Marla & family,
    Those we love don”t go away, they walk beside us in our memories. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Please accept our condolences.
    Russell, Patricia & David Wiechnik

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  5. I wish to express my sympathy to the family of Leigh. He was a great guy and had many a laugh with him while we judged the wine made for the Cochrane fair. He would always be joking about having to hay the next day and I would say “now remember we just taste and spit it out, not drink it”
    He always had a smile and loved to hear his stories!! He will be missed!

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  6. Marg & Don Bryant :

    Our deepest condolences on the passing of Leigh. He was a member of our choir at St. Andrews Anglican church. We are going to miss him very very much. Hold on to the memories they are yours forever. God bless you all with peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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  7. Robbie Robertson :

    Mike and Ricki… From the Robertson Family, our condolences to all the Blackwell Clan on the passing of your dad.

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  8. Heather Craig :

    My sincere condolences to the entire Blackwell Family. Your dad always had a wonderful smile and kind words for everyone he met. I have very fond memories of our families growing up together – way back when!!! From church picnics at the “Fina” plant, trying to keep warm in the old hall Sunday morning when the heat went out by marching around singing Onward Christian Soliders, to the happy Blackwell Christmas/Birthday Open House’s where there was always someone at the piano singing and kids joyfully playing everywhere.
    I wish I could be there to remember these and other fond memories with you all today. I would have enjoyed that immensely and I’m sure that both your mom and dad will be present enjoying the camaraderie as well. I am saddened by his passing but my life has been enriched having known him.
    Hugs to you all.
    Heather

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  9. Irvin and Georgina Bennett :

    We are sorry for the sadness you are experiencing, due to the loss of your dad. It is a tough time for you all. Leigh will be missed but better times are ahead. Our condolences to all of you.

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  10. Irvin and Georgina Bennett :

    Please accept our sympathy for the passing of Leigh. I know he will be sadly missed.

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  11. Kevin and Linda Price :

    sorry to hear about your dad Mike. email me and we can hook up some time
    Kevin kdprice@telusplanet.net

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