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.Print This Obituary & Condolences