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LEITCH, John Herbert

January 1, 1934 – Toronto, Ontario
October 20, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

John “Jack” Leitch beloved husband of Donna Leitch (nee Hulmes) passed away on October 20, 2014 at the age of 80 years.

Jack was a Toronto Firefighter for 33 years. He was also a lifetime member of the Toronto Football Officials Association; Jack was the Referee in Chief of the TFOA as well as the Northern Football Conference. He also served on the Ontario Football Officials Association Executive. Jack was tireless in mentoring officials and demanding that they strive for a higher standard.

Besides his loving wife, Jack is survived by his sons Scott (Robin) and Steven (Lynn) Leitch; stepdaughter Wendy Craft; grandchildren Ashley Leitch and Candace Leitch, Steven Leitch; and great granddaughter, Quinn Leitch. He was predeceased by his Mother, Lorraine Nichol, and Grandmother and Grandfather Mr. & Mrs. John Leitch.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.); on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Jack Leitch, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. John Metcalfe :

    To Donna and your family on behalf of the Northern Football Conference, our deepest sympathies on Jack’s passing. A contributor to the long history of the Northern Football Conference who will not be forgotten.

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  2. Simple words cannot convey our heartfelt condolences. We want you to know that our thoughts are with you at this time of grief.

    Henry, Barbara, Cassidy & Taylor

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  3. Etty & ken green :

    To Donna and her family, our deepest sympathy. We both feel deeply saddened by the the loss of a true friend. Though gone he will never be forgotten by the Green family.

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  4. Offering my thoughts and prayers to the Leitch family. Jack was instrumental at the beginning of my football career. He was always someone I could talk to. I did learn quite a bit from him in the few years that I knew him. He was a quality individual and he will be missed.

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  5. My prayerful condolences go to the Leitch family during this time of loss. I have fond recollections of refereeing (Basketball) with Jack during the early 80’s when I first arrived from NL. My first Humber College assignment was with Jack Leith and Bobby Little & I was the newbie from the east coast – what a collective wisdom of experience, mentorship, & knowledge is our shared loss! Two giants of basketball officiating in Toronto have left a void. Jack, you were indeed unique!

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  6. Jack was a larger than life personality who helped me become a better football official. My condolences to Donna and Jack’s family. He will be missed greatly.

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  7. Murray Drinkwalter :

    On behalf of the Ontario University Football Officials Association please let me extend sincerest sympathies to Donna and family on the passing of Jack. His mentor-ship and friendship will be remembered by all. Jack will not be forgotten.

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  8. Lorry Trauzzi :

    The football field won’t be the same without Jack’s being there.He showed me the joy of
    being an official by representing what was necessary to become good at what we all love.
    We will miss you and remember always. We both send our sincere condolences to Donna
    and Jack’s family.
    Lorry and Marie.

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  9. Northern Football Conference :

    On behalf of The Northern Football Conference Executive, member clubs, and football players (past and present) I offer my condolences. Jack was always firm and fair in his decisions and he strove to find the balance between the playing of the game and the enforcement of its rules. The work that Jack did as the Referee in Chief for the NFC was invaluable and his contributions were too great to measure. Thank you Jack, we’ll miss you.

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  10. Toronto Association of Basketball Officials :

    On behalf of the Toronto Association of Basketball Officials let me extend our condolences and sympathies to the Leitch family on the passing of Jack. He was one of the great officials in Toronto, who challenged officials to be better and was willing to mentor them in the achievement of their officiating goals. Remember the good times shared with him to help you through this difficult time.

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  11. Jennifer Vaughan :

    Donna,
    My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Jennifer Vaughan

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  12. Anthony Hendrickson and family :

    Our deepest condolences to your family. May you find peace in the days ahead and may blessing pour over your family for there is no doubt that he will be watching over you and showering you with love and protection.

    Rest in peace Jack Leitch

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  13. Toronto Secondary Schools Athletic Association :

    On behalf of all the football coaches in the Toronto District School Board we extend our sincere condolences to the Leitch family. Jack had a major influence in the lives of many TDSB teachers and coaches. His passion for football will never be forgotten by the many people he touched. We are all blessed to have meet, been mentored by, or shared a laugh with this remarkable warm and lovable man.

    Blessings
    Brian Gaw
    TDSSAA Football Convenor

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  14. I knew Jack as a former player and coach in the NFC. Jack truly was passionate about the game of football and was always consistent and fair as an official. A true gentleman for sure.

    My deepest sympathies to the entire family on his passing.

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  15. Dearest Donna, I’m so sorry for the loss of the love of your life. Jack has left not only a mark in many places of importance but he has made a mark also in my heart, his sparkly personality and energy has made some of my depressing days filled with laughter and joy. I’m sending you all my love in this time of grief, may he now rest in peace and give the angels a run for their wings, and they better have that special cocktail hour up there cause he will run them wild if they don’t lol! I will always remember his laughter.

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  16. David Grossman :

    Miss you, Jack. We shared some wonderful times. You were dedicated at what you did and respected by me at all times. Courageous as a fire fighter, saving lives and putting everyone else ahead of you. You will be remembered for being a genuine individual. May wonderful memories bring comfort in the days ahead. Deepest sympathy from my family to Donna and your family. Rest In Peace, friend

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