Leo did not want an obituary - he was a man of life and action - so these words are of happy remembrance of a generous man.
Leo had a zest for life and loved people. Entertaining and being with his many friends were his greatest pleasures. Leo made friends with his neighbours, a community from his neighbourhood, and was solidly there to help others.
Leo is survived by his life partner Donna Welsh; his daughter Michelle Slywka and her husband Kevin; his sister Janet Kachman and her husband Clarence; his sister Lorraine Kettle and her husband Rob with daughters Reagan and Rebecca; and the family gathered around him - Linda and Stuart Kempster with children Shawn, Jordan, and Madison; David and Michelle Welsh with children Daniel, Jacob and Elizabeth; Michael and Lisabeth Welsh with children Poppy, Piper, Zachary, Robyn, Aidan, Taylor, Alexander and Brittany; Christopher and Janis Welsh with children Graham, Andrew and Paige.
There will be a Celebration of his life in the spring or summer to which all who wish to remember him are invited. Leo has left us all with many happy memories.
Published in The Edmonton Journal on Jan. 8, 2013