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LEBLANC, Allan (Allie) Joseph

December 22, 1939 – January 30, 2019

It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of Allie, devoted husband to Pat, loving Dad and treasured Papa. Allie passed away on January 30, 2019 at the Dulcina Hospice in Calgary, AB, after a short but brave and courageous battle with cancer.

Allie was born on December 22, 1939 in Atholville, NB into a large French Canadian family. He was an avid sportsman excelling in hockey, golf and curling. His love and excellence for hockey earned him a roster spot with the Winnipeg Braves as a young teenager in 1958. He enjoyed being part of this team who went on to win a Memorial Cup Championship in 1959. Allie was also a member of the 1961-62 Marathon Mercuries Intermediate Hockey Team, who won a Canadian Championship. These hockey accomplishments earned him and his teammates an induction into the Manitoba Hockey Sports Hall of Fame and the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Allie treasured the memories of his teammates and accomplishments, forever talking with those who would listen to his memorable hockey stories.

Allie was an avid golfer and he reports that he was the first local golfer in Marathon to record a hole in one, in the thick fog of Northwestern Ontario. In time of need, Allie loved to offer a helping hand wherever help was needed. When the curling club needed volunteers to flood the ice, he would be there at 6 am. When the golf club needed a new clubhouse, he was there to lend a helping hand.

Allie worked as a Mechanical Millwright at the Marathon Pulp and Paper Mill for 38 years. Although this was his skilled trade, his true gift was connecting with people. This is what earned him the position of local Union President for the mill employees and was later recruited as Manager of Maintenance and Engineering. This was a position he held until retirement.

Most importantly, Allie was ever so proud of his family and wanted nothing but the best for all of them. This was evidenced by how both of his daughters convinced him and Pat to move to Calgary to be closer to them and see their grandchildren grow up. He was most proud of both of his daughter’s accomplishments and would take every opportunity to tell strangers that they were Nurses. Allie treasured his grandkids and was their number one supporter, always encouraging hard work, to do their best and never give up.

Whether it was parents at the grandkid’s school, hockey parents at the local hockey rinks or strangers in passing, he always took time to connect with them asking how their day was. It was hard not to love Allie for this gift he had.

To cherish his memory forever, Allie is survived by his wife Pat of 56 years who he met as a teenager, his loving daughters, Leigh-Anne (Peter) and Jodi (Shawn), his grandchildren who he adored Lauren, Jayden, Nolan and Tanner. Allie also leaves behind many family members and friends who hold him dear to their hearts, including his siblings Ken LeBlanc and Patsy Sabourin.

A Celebration of Life for Allie will be held at Bowness Scout and Lions Hall (8551 Bowness Road NW, Calgary, AB), on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to Follow. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to thank and is ever so grateful to Dr. Raj Sharma and the Dulcina Hospice staff who cared so lovingly and compassionately for Allie. It was here too, in his last few months of life, that he left his legacy of how important it was to him, that he connect with people. In honour of Allie’s love of hockey, please feel free to wear your favourite hockey jersey. We wish to thank our family, friends and colleagues for all your love and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dulcina Hospice, 110 Evanspark Manor, Calgary, AB, T3P 0B1. (587) 230-5500.

In living memory of Allie LeBlanc, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Sandra Desmoulin

    My thoughts & prayers for the family during this difficult time. Your dad was such a kind man who loved his family dearly. He will be missed.

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  2. Sincere condolences to Pat, Leigh-Anne, Jodi and their families. I will always cherish the fun times and great hospitality that Allie and Pat provided when we came for the Calgary Stampede a few years back.
    R.I.P. Allie.

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  3. My heart goes out to Jodi, Leigh-Anne and their families as they mourn the patriarch of the LeBlanc family. May he rest peacefully in heaven and I pray his entire family can find peace and comfort in the love-filled memories they have with their cherished father and grandfather.

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  4. Adios to the best friend and team mate anyone could ask for. Enjoyed having him for a few days during the Ice training camp last Aug/Sept. At that point he had not yet been diagnosed, so this all transpired rather quickly.. Sorry I wont be back from down south for his celebration of life, but I’ll sure be there in spirit.

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  5. Charlene Sullivan

    So sorry for your loss many fond memories when you all lived in Marathon my condolences to Pat and family Charlene Sullivan

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  6. Jack & Linda Homann

    So sorry for your loss. He will leave a big hole in your family. Our condolences in hohr time of sorrow.

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  7. I am sad to hear of Allie’s passing and for the loss of a good friend and neighbour. My condolences to Leigh-Anne, Jodi and their families.

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  8. John & Janie Kalmakoff

    As we watched Jayden and Tanner grow up, we also watched a loving grandfather show his love on a daily basis We were very fortunate to be part of his life from the time that he and Pat arrived in Calgary. His love for hockey and golf was only surpassed by his love for his family. We will truly miss him…..

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  9. We are so sorry to hear of Allies passing. May you find comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain. You will truly miss him. Our sincere condolences to Pat, Leigh-Anne, Jodi and families.

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  10. Thinking of you Jodi, Pat, Leigh-Anne and families at this difficult time. We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was truly a special man.
    Love to you all.

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  11. Sending sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family … thoughts and prayers with love, friendship and deep sympathies… ❤️The Beneteau family

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  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of loss and grief. U…or dad was truly an exuberant, kind man. I have many fond childhood memories!

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  13. What an absolute honour and privilege it was to get to know Allie over the past weeks at Dulcina. The time spent swapping hockey stories and sharing laughs with him is something I will treasure forever. The love and pride he had for his family was a beautiful thing to behold. My deepest condolences to his entire family. RIP Allie, and when you lace them up in that big reunion game up there make sure to keep your head up Bud! Thanks for the memories.

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  14. Janet and Steve Gobeil

    Thinking of all of you. Wonderfully written tribute to Allie. You captured the essence of who he truly was. Allie will live on in all of you because he was such a great role model for his family.

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  15. Take comfort in knowing we all share in you loss. Our thoughts and prayer are with all of you.

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  16. Dennis and Carol Fraser

    Saddened to hear of Allies passing. Condolences to Pat and the family. Dennis and Carol

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  17. My sincere condolences to Jodi and your whole family. Your dad sounds like a great man I’m sorry I never meant him.

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  18. Yvon & Rollande Paris

    So sorry to hear this sad news..Allie on Earth and now an Angel in Heaven…Great memories from us that knew him…Thinking of you all at this time..Rollie & Yvon Paris..

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  19. Jodi and family, I am so very sorry to hear your dad has passed. Have some peace in knowing he is pain free now and flying high in paradise. You now have your very own personal guardian Angel Jod. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and miss you!
    Kelly & Audrey Joseph

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  20. Our sincere condolences to Jodi and family. We will miss seeing Allie’s familiar and friendly face coming and going from the Scott household. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  21. The Swallow Family (your lake family)

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad Jodi and family. He was such a kind and loving man and we are forever greatful for the special time he would spend visiting Dad at the lake while he was on his journey. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

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  22. So sorry about Allie. Such great memories of Allie growing up on Birch Street. He had a great heart and was a very kind man. Fond memories of his friendship with my dad and their time together on the union. Condolences to the family for your loss.

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  23. Allie was a wonderful person and I will miss seeing his smiling face. My Dad has many stories of all the times they have shared. Thinking of you all.

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  24. So sorry for your loss Leigh-Anne, Peter, Lauren, Nolan and your family. Allie will be dearly missed. His chats and positive energy were something I always looked forward to at the arena when we saw him.

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  25. Arnie Steeves & Bonnie Roetscher

    Love and peace to you Pat and your family. We have wonderful memories and photos of visiting you and Allie in Calgary with my mom, Mary Homan. You were amazing hosts. Arnie is grateful for having been able to share hockey ice and golf greens many years ago with Allie. Our hearts are broken for you. He was a stellar man and aptly portrayed in his obituary.

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  26. Al Dumas & Joanne DuFresne

    Our deepest condolences to Pat Leigh Ann and Jody and families Allie was always Mr Hospitality to us as well as anyone from Marathon who made their way out to Calgary. We had the pleasure of meeting his granddaughter Lauren and Allie was just so proud of her and all of her accomplishments as he was of all of his grandchildren. He must be enjoying never ending golf games and hockey games as well. Rest in peace

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  27. Doug & Shirley Hodge

    There are no words to express how loved Allie was by all who had the pleasure to know him. God Bless Pat, Leigh Ann & Jody and all of their family. Thanks, Allie, for all the great memories. ❤️

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  28. It is with sincere sadness that I read of Allie’s passing. He was a favourite on and off the ice! My condolences to all his family. May he Rest In Peace!

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  29. Mike Dumas & Linda Michano

    Sincere condolences to Pat. Leigh Ann Jody and families for the loss of a great man.

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  30. Pat, Leigh-Anne, Jodi and families; sincere condolences to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve your loss. I have lots of nice memories from our Birch St days. Rest In Peace Allie.

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  31. My sincerest condolences to you all. I remember your dad because I used to babysit the children when they were really small. My prayers are with you.

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  32. Linda (Clout) Ranta

    Pat: My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I used to babysit for you and Allie when you lived on Yawkey Street and your children were very little. My prayers are with you.

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  33. Condolences to the Leblanc family. Allie’s obituary speaks well of a great man. I only wish that I could have spent time with Allie as I grew up. A super role model for sure.

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  34. Condolences to Pat Leigh Ann and Jodi and families. Allie was a very kind man and soul he will be truly missed by everyone he touched his love of sports and family from the Aschims Joan Shelly and Tammy

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  35. My sincere condolences go out to Pat, Liegh Ann and Jodi along with all of their families and loved ones. Allie was an amazing man and someone I will always remember fondly as a player, a Coach, a Coworker and most of all a great friend. Memories are eternal. God bless and may you Rest In Peace my friend.

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  36. Art and Sue MacDougall

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and her family

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  37. Jerry & Della Manuel

    Pat and family , We were so sorry to hear of Allie’s passing and his courageous fight. Our sincere condolences and sympathy to your family. He will be missed by all they had the pleasure of knowing him♥️

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  38. I can still picture many of the great on-ice plays by Allie and his teammates. And I recall many of his contributions to the community and workplace. What a great man! Condolences to family and friends.

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  39. Maggie (Jensen) Mills

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, dad, & grandpa.

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  40. Dear Pat and family. In spite of no contact for many years, my thoughts often return home to Marathon to our family and friends and to the ones we’ve loved and lost.sympathy and love to you all

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  41. Pat, Leigh-Anne, Jodi and families, we were very sorry to hear your great loss of Allie, a husband, father and grandfather so loved by all. Dennis Scowen and I would like to send our sincere condolences at this time. Big hugs to all especially to Pat.

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  42. Wendy & Spence Bell

    Spence and I send the best to Pat and the rest of the LeBlanc familly on Allie’s passing. He had a great sense of humour and made so many friends over the years, I’m sure we will all miss his smiling face. How lucky we all were to share some time with him!

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  43. Mae & Harry Chesnick

    Our heartfelt thoughts are with Pat and all of Allie’s family as you deal with his passing. He will certainly be missed. May all your happy memories help to comfort you at this time. We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  44. My sincere condolences go out to Pat, Liegh-Anne and Jodi along with all of their families and loved ones. So sorry to hear of your loss. Allie was an amazing man and someone I will always remember fondly. He loved his family and always had a smile on his face. God bless and may you Rest In Peace.

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  45. Ted and Carol Just

    So sorry to hear of Allies passing. Sincere condolences to Pat, Jodi, Leigh-Anne , and family’s. RIP Allie

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  46. Our hearts go out to Pat, Leigh Anne, Jodi and all of the LeBlanc family. We will always remember Allie as a nice, fun loving guy with a great sense of humor. Thinking of you all ❤,
    The Dee Family

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  47. Ken & Lyn Telfer

    So very sorry to hear of Allies passing. He was as good as they come in this world. A truly great man. Our most sincere condolences to Pat, Leigh-Anne, Jodi, Ken and all the rest of Allies family.

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  48. Kent and Shirley Nutbrown

    Dear Pat and family.We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Allie a very dear friend and second brother to me for many years.I will miss him even though I have not seen Allie for many years but think of him and of course you as well Pat.Our thought and prayers are with you and the girls at this very difficult time.God be with you all

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  49. Kent and Shirley Nutbrown

    We where very saddened of the passing of Allie a very great friend and my second brother.Our heart and prayers go out to you Pat and the girls at this very sad time.May God be with you and the girls at this very difficult time

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  50. Fabienne LeBlanc

    We are thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Sending you love and hugs. Wish we could be there for the service but please know our thoughts are with you.❤❤❤
    Fabienne, Pierrette and family.

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  51. Heather, Brian, Matt and Tyler

    Dear Pat and Family,

    We were so sad to hear of the loss of Allie. Words are never enough when we loss someone so dear. Allie was such a beautiful soul. We are sending you love, prayers and thoughts at this most difficult time.

    God saw you getting tired.

    God saw you getting tired,
    When a cure was not to be.
    So He wrapped his arms around you,
    and whispered, ‘come to me.’
    You didn’t deserve what you went through,
    So, He gave you rest.
    God’s garden must be beautiful,
    He only takes the best
    And when I saw you sleeping,
    So peaceful and free from pain
    I could not wish you back
    To suffer that again.
    by Katie Evans

    Heather and Brian Allison & Matt and Tyler Johnston

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  52. Cousin Pat, Leigh-Anne, Jodi & Family you are all in my thoughts & prayers. Allie was a kind, fun, helpful & loving husband, father & grandpa. I will be thinking of all of you Saturday.

    Shirley (Shoo Shoo) Benabo

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  53. Leigh-Anne, Jodi,
    So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. He sounds like a very special man, loved by many. Thinking of you both at this difficult time.

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  54. Leanne Rothenburger

    Leigh-Anne, Jodi and families,
    I only meet your Dad a few times, but I feel like I knew him because of the big part he played in your lives and how you spoke of him with so much love.
    I am glad you were able to spend time with him while he was in hospice.
    With love, Leanne Rothenburger

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  55. Dear Jodi & Family
    Thank you all for composing & sharing “Allie’s Story”, especially for those of us who never had the honour to meet him & listen to HIS stories.
    As the well-known Canadian West Coast Indigenous artist, Roy Henry Vickers, has said, “Stories are the ointment of the Healer”. Thus, by allowing those around you to read about Allie, we all have received a bit of “his polysporin like salve” for one or more of our many wounds that Life has inflicted upon us. And in return, I trust that the “stories” & above comments, from your family & friends, will be a gift, a blessing, a”healing ointment” for you at this time & as your lives adjust to your “new normal”.
    May I suggest that he was a “Hall of Famer” in the most important sport of all … the Game of Life?

    Al (short for Allan & my, for a time, childhood nickname, Allie)

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  56. Darlene Sabourin & Bruce Jackson

    We are thinking of all of you and sending lots of hugs. We will always remember Allie’s “joie de vivre”, his quick wit and that Allie was such a great people-person.

    Darlene & Bruce

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  57. Patsy and Gerald Sabourin

    We were so sorry to hear about Allie – we know you have lost a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was loved by so many and will be missed so much by everyone.

    Patsy and Gerald

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  58. Kim and Mark Myrick

    I mostly remember your dads smiling face and how much he loved you all. Much love and prayers are sent your way. May the wonderful memories bring you all peace.

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  59. Dear Pat and family,
    We are saddened to hear of Allie’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

    Sincerely,
    Board of Directors, Diane and staff
    Northwestern Ontario Sport Hall of Fame
    Thunder Bay ON

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  60. Barb and Barry Draper

    Pat, Leigh-Anne, Jody and family: Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of a great husband,father, grandfather and friend. We will always remember Allie fondly. He has touched so many peoples lives,including ours. May you cherish your many fond memories and know that he lives on in all of you. Love Barb and Barry

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  61. Paul and Cindy Mair

    It is with great sadness that we hear of Allie’s passing. Our condolences to Pat, Leigh-Anne Jody and family. I think Allie touched the lives of all of us growing up in Marathon.

    I remember playing street hockey in Marathon as a kid and the problem was that all the kids on the street wanted to be Allie Leblanc – the smooth effortless skater – the cerebral passing and stickhandling gentlemanly leader of our hometown hero’s .

    As we got older we all got to know our hero and realized what a humble, gentle and kind human he really was.

    May you Rest In Peace Allie.

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  62. Pat, Leigh-Anne, Jody and family. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. May the wonderful memories bring you all peace.

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  63. Pat, Leigh-Anne, Jody and family. Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. May the wonderful memories bring you all peace.

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