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Norman J. Leonard
January 26, 1930 - May 15, 2016
Norman Joseph Leonard born in Toronto, but a long time resident of Halifax, passed away May 15, 2016 peacefully at the age of 86. He was the son of Rose and Joseph Allan Leonard and siblings include Molly, Lillian, Ivy, Jack, Bob, Jim and Fred. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan Theresa Charlton Leonard; 3 children, Stephen (Lillian), Catherine (Wil) and Scott (Daphne); 4 grandchildren, TJ, Dylan, Rosie and Jack and 2 great-grandchildren, Ayden and Gage. He was a loving father, husband and friend to all those who knew him. He will be missed by all.
He served in the Canadian Navy for 27 years as the Operation Chief on ships including the Ottawa, Bonaventure, Iroquois and others. After retiring from the Navy he worked for Clarke Transport and Metro Transit until his official retirement in 1989.
He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus for 20 years, and loved many sports and recreational activities including feather weight boxing in his younger days (winning the Atlantic Pacific Command Boxing match), singing, hockey, bowling, golfing, and dancing. Above all he loved painting.
A self-taught opera singer, he was a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and the Atlantic Opera Society and performed in operas with both organizations.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, May 21 in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road with visitation one hour prior.
Interment in Oakridge Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers one can elect to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of Nova Scotia/Canada or the Northwood Foundation.