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LEARD, J. Roy

March 21, 1919 – April 15, 2012

Roy Leard, beloved husband of Phyl Leard of Calgary, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the age of 93 years.

Roy was born in Saskatoon and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He served in the RCAF overseas as a Flight Lieutenant and subsequently as a navigation instructor in Hamilton, ON. During his time in Hamilton he married the love of his life Phyllis Stewart. They relocated to Edmonton where they lived happily for sixty-five years before moving to Calgary in February 2010 to be closer to family. Roy was a Chartered Accountant and FCA retiring from Deloitte, Haskins and Sells in 1982 where he served as a partner. He was an active member of the community throughout his years in Edmonton.

Besides his loving wife of sixty-nine years, Roy is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Dale Alsager of Maple Valley, WA and Patti and Lyle Edwards of Calgary; a son and daughter-in-law Don and Shari Leard of Airdrie; eleven grandchildren, Kim (Mark), Dalene (Leo), Jay (Sharon) and Troy; Jeff (Kel), Kyle, and Leanne (Joe); Scott (Winnie), Camie, Kari (Dave) and Mandy; great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Ryden, Amanda and Taylor, Noley, Deegan, Bode and Matty, Layla, Emily, Kellan, Kayla and Jayden. He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law Marion and Art McRobbie of Edmonton as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Roy’s family would like to thank Jan and Al Davey of Edmonton for their love and care over the years. He was predeceased by his parents Elvin and Jean Leard; his step mother Ada Leard; brother and sister-in-law Don and Wynn Leard; and his nephew Jim Leard.

A Celebration of Roy’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive SW) on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If so desired, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca. We wish to thank the wonderful staff at Eau Claire Retirement Residence and Dr. Stacey Davies for their kind and attentive care for our dad.

In living memory of Roy Leard, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Neil and LIlyon Lunty :

    Leard Family,
    We were saddened to learn of Roy’s passing. Neil had fond memories of an accountant mentor and I have memories which go back further to Highlands United. And this is tax season! – we remember your family with fondness at this sad time. Roy was truly a gentleman.

    Neil and Lilyon Lunty

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  2. Maureen Haczkewicz :

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I knew Roy when I worked at Deloitte’s back in the day. I knew him to be a gentleman. May God’s grace and mercy cover you who are left behind…Maureen Haczkewicz

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  3. John and Sheila Boyd :

    Leard Family

    Roy was a person I will always remember. As the person who hired me he was a gentleman and genuine individual. As an accountant, he genuinely cared for both his clients and his staff. He will be missed by us all.

    Thanks Roy you were an excellent mentor to us all.

    Thanks Roy you taught me a lot

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  4. Victor F. Mark :

    Dear Phyl and Family – Monica and I were very saddened to read of Roy’s passing. Roy was a real gentleman and a mentor to me.
    I have such fond memories of our trip to the International conference of the Y’s Mens Club at Cleveland in 1951 I blieve it was. Also the trip with the two of you to Toronto.
    With much love to you and your family

    Victor & Monica Msrk & Family (now the 7 children, 29 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

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  5. Don & Marian McCutchen :

    Our condolences to Phyl and all of Roy’s family. Roy mentored me in and through my partnership with Deloitte. Phyl and Roy welcomed us to Edmonton in 1976 and remained warm and friendly to us.
    We shall remember Roy as a kind, warm and gentle man.

    Don and Marian

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  6. Nick and Shirley Romalo :

    Dear Phyl,
    Please accept Shirl’s and my sincere sympathy for the loss of Roy. During my articling days at Patriquin Duncan and then Deloitte’s I found Roy to be a gentleman and most helpful when needed.
    I also had extra respect for Roy’s participation in the RCAF.
    Sincerely,
    Nick Romalo

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  7. Ken and Jean Porter :

    Jean and I offer the Leard family our sincere condolences on Roy’s passing. Roy was a outstanding mentor to me at Deloitte’s and Jean and I enjoyed our socializing with Phyl and Roy at the alumni socials before their move to Calgary.
    Ken and Jean Porter.

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  8. Dear Phyl,
    I’m saddend to learn of Roys passing. You and Roy were very kind and
    hospitable neighbours here at Eton Park.God Bless,
    Kevin Meyer

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  9. Dear Phyl & family;
    I was very saddened to hear of Roys passing. He was a kind and gentle man who set such a great example for all of us.
    He will be missed
    Keith Rolfe

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  10. Paul & Barbara Warenchuk :

    To Phyliss

    We are so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you & your family. He was a wonderful man & we have fond memories of him.

    Paul & Barb Warenchuk
    # 1103, Eton Park
    Edmonton

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  11. mary pemberton :

    Dear Phyl:

    My deepest sympathy,you and Roy were always so close. I hope you can find comfort from your many happy memories.

    Mary Pemberton

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  12. Allan and Kathy Stevens and Family :

    Dear Patti, Betty, Don, Phyl and Grandchildren and other Family

    I attended Roy’s service today and was moved by the comments of all of you. It makes me want to be a better Husband, Father and GrandFather. Roy sets a high standard and lived by it. That was evident today. I was just a low-man-on-the-pole articling student at Deloitte’s in Edmonton between 1974 to 1978. I worked on a number of Roy’s files. Your Father, GrandFather, Husband treated everyone with such dignity. One cannot forget that. I respected him and will not forget him.

    “Those we love don’t go away;
    They walk beside us everyday;
    Unseen, Unheard but always near;
    Still Loved, Still Missed and Very Dear.”

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  13. To the Leards . . .
    I offer my condolences on the death of Roy Leard. From the sixties, I remember him as a decent, caring man who was very good to me, a neighbourhood teenager who attached himself to the Leard family. Mr. Leard welcomed my participation in family activities, he gently urged me in the direction of a particular career (advice that I probably should have followed) and he was a model of wisdom and kindness. Through subsequent years, our paths crossed a few times in a mall in downtown Edmonton and each time we had a warm conversation. I found it particularly moving a year or two ago when I read the Edmonton Journal Valentines article about the long-lasting warm and loving relationship that Roy and Phyll had maintained for so many decades. To me, Roy Leard was a fine, fine man who, I know, will be deeply missed by his family and friends. I’m sorry he’s gone. I’m thankful that I knew him.
    Barry Cooper

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  14. Gerry & Sue Burrows :

    Sue and I just returned home and received the sad news of Roy’s passing. I knew Roy when he was a partner in Edmonton with DH&S and got to know him better once he moved to Calgary. Roy was a kind man and a true gentleman. I enjoyed talking to him at the retired partner functions in Calgary and will miss him. Our condolences go out to his family and in particular to Patti, Lyle and their family.

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