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The Honourable Neale Pierre (Peter) Leveque

June 23, 1938 – April 14, 2012

It is with deep sadness we announce that The Honourable Neale Pierre (Peter) Leveque passed away suddenly, though peacefully on Saturday, April 14, 2012, following a brief illness.

Peter was born in Medicine Hat on June 23, 1938, and moved to Calgary at age two. After obtaining his B.Sc. in chemistry from U of A, he graduated from UBC law school in 1962 and practiced in Calgary for 15 years before being appointed a Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta. Peter served as a Judge for over thirty years, primarily in the Family and Youth Division, and was still active as a supernumerary Judge at the time of his passing. He brought compassion, a keen intelligence and quick wit to his courtroom, never standing on ceremony. Thousands of troubled youngsters, and youngsters in trouble, appeared before him; his goal was never to inflict justice upon them, but to see that they were treated with justice and respect. He took great pride in once having sentenced a mistreated, but technically guilty, young man to attend a series of baseball games.

Peter had a great joy of life and new experiences. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed photography, gardening and cooking, and was a skilled piano and guitar player. His homemade pies and ice cream were a delight to anyone who tried them. He was an avid baseball fan, and was known for his annual pilgrimage to Florida to watch spring training.

Peter is survived by his children, Peter and Chris Leveque and Anne Marie (Brian) Simpson and their mother, Marianne Leveque; grandchildren Chantal (Rob), Jeffery, and Danielle Leveque and William and Megan Simpson; great grandson, Ethan Rowan; and his companion, Gaye Gerzine. He was predeceased by his parents, Grace and Russell Leveque and grandson Samuel Simpson.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Peter’s family and Gaye would like to thank the staff of the Foothills ICU for their wonderful care of Peter.

In living memory of Peter Leveque, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Heather (Hoggins) Paziuk :

    My sincere condolences to the family of Judge Leveque. I was so sad to hear of his sudden passing. I worked with him in Family Court at the J.J. Bowlen Bldg from 1978 to 1982 as a court reporter. I remember his great sense of humour and driving with him (and all the judges) to circuit court. We once had to stop at the side of the road on the way so he could take a picture of a beautiful hawk sitting on a post. May wonderful memories bring you comfort in the days to come.
    Heather

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  2. Judge Sandra Hamilton :

    Despite my best efforts, I will arrive in Calgary a few hours too late to attend Peter’s service. I send my sincere condolences to his family on their loss of a father/grandfather who was a truly unique human being. He’ll be missed at the judges’ daily lunches and other activities.

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  3. Many years working with/for Peter. Great memories and sincere sadness, Blessing to family and friends.

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  4. Peter and I were classmates at Central High School and I see we both graduated from UBC in 1962. My sympathies to all family members and wishes for a wonderful memorial to a man with wit and charm, that was eloquent and humorous!
    Sincerely
    Don Snow, Architect

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  5. Brian Glesby :

    Very sorry to hear that Peter had passed. My condolences to Gaye and his family, a great baseball fan will be missed.

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  6. Jami Felesky :

    My sincere condolences to the Honorable Judge Leveque’s family, friends as well to his Provincial Family Court Honorable Brothers and Sisters for their sudden loss.

    I will always remember the Honorable Judge Leveque for his witty sense of humor and creativity that he consistantly brought into his courtroom when working with families.

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  7. The Goode-Gerzine Family :

    What a wonderful, truly Gentle Man. We have seen through personal experience the respect and love that he gave to those that he treasured. Although, I am still waiting on the cantaloupe ice cream… Maybe he will have some waiting for us. So very sorry for the lose of a wonderful father, grandfather, and partner. Blessings and prayers are sent from Florida

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  8. We wish to convey our sincere condolence with the passing of The Honourable Judge Peter Leveque.
    Henry and Anne Pal…….

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  9. My condolences to the family of Judge Leveque. My fondest memories was as a Family Court counsellor … my first time in Court ever in 1982. Our chat’s about the law and psychology, and of course our secret discussions about tennis will remain with fond memories. I know he thought of his family often as we talked about it, and as well mine.

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  10. Marjorie Forsyth :

    Peter’s neighbours at Strathaven Horizon Village offer their sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. Peter was not long with us but during that time he was a good friend and a valued member of our little community.

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  11. Brian McBride :

    I was saddened to hear of Peter’s passing last week. I got to know Peter well through my years of caring for their lovely dog Ariel. Peter was a very gentle and thoughtful man. Upon hearing of my niece’s appointment as a Manitoba Provincial Court Judge, he invited me to come and spend a day with him on the bench. Sadly, I never took him up on the offer. My sincere thoughts and sympathies to all of Peter’s family.

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  12. Trena LaHaye :

    I have just found out today of Judge Leveques passing. I worked for many years with Judge Leveque as a Court Clerk at Family and Youth Court. I will miss his humour, his laugh and his joy for life! My condolences to the family.

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