April 16, 1932 – September 3, 2010
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of husband and father Dr. Claude (Doc) LeBlanc, who died on Friday September 3, 2010 at the age of 78.
Born April 16th, 1932 in Sydney, Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island, Claude fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and made Calgary his home.
Claude will be missed by his wife of 50 years, Sandra, his children, Mark (wife Terri, granddaughter Alex and grandson Tanner), Paul (grandsons, Blake and Ross) and JD (wife Jean). Of his immediate siblings, Claude is survived by Sister Therese (Marie), Elaine, Anne Celeste, Marguerite, Roland and Paul; cousin Frank LeBlanc (wife Gayle), and his extended family of friends and their children. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers and sisters from Cape Breton; Claude was one of 24 and grew up in the post-war Maritimes. With a series of scholarships, he managed to earn his way into College St. Anne for undergraduate degrees and then the University of Ottawa for medicine where he earned his MD and LMCC. His devotion to and love of medicine emanated from the loss of his mother at childbirth. It was this same love and devotion, but this time to the Rockies, that led to Calgary, where he built a diverse medical practice, in becoming Chief of Staff at the Holy Cross and Rockyview Hospitals and teaching medicine through the University of Calgary. He and Sandra formed a loving family upon which a deep and broad base of friends evolved. His passion for the mountains led him into hiking, downhill and backcountry skiing. With family and friends, he worked his way through just about every hike there was in the Rockies. His passions in life were family, friends, medicine and the mountains.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4th Street S.W.) on Wednesday, September 8. 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, 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.
In living memory of Claude LeBlanc, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences