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LEACH, Wilson George
MGen (Retd), CMM, CStJ, CD, QHP, BA, MD
At home with family on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in his 92nd year. Beloved husband of the late Mabel Kathleen Pudney (2007). Loving father of Alan (Cynthia) Ottawa; Susan, London; Sharon (Lloyd Symington) Brantford; Adrienne, Kingston; Shelley (John Turner) Ottawa; Laurie Moore (Julie Wright) Ottawa. Cherished grandfather of Stephanie Leach (Matt Joab), James Symington (Emily), Rebecca (Vince Partap); Erin (Jamie Armstrong); Heather (Darryl Sararas), Ashley (Javier Marcos), Adam Turner, Mark Symington (Joy), Lindsay Turner. Proud great-grandfather of Alexandra and Wilson Joab, Yasmine and George Symington, Ethan, Abigail and Harrison Partap, Jacob Symington, Simon and Ellis Armstrong, Hayden and Reid Sararas, Clara Marcos, Owen and Gavin Symington. Dearly loved brother of Clayton and Betty Leach, Bill (1984) and Doreen Leach, Dalton and Betty Leach, Darwyn 'Spike' Leach, Donna and Ron Milks, Lorna and Daryl Blimke. Predeceased by sister Beryl (1927). Brother-in-law of Sydney and Shirley Pudney. He leaves many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. Wilson was born in Chalk River, Ontario. Following Second World War service as a Pilot Instructor, he entered the University of Western Ontario, graduating in Medicine in 1952. Wilson rejoined the RCAF and completed post-graduate training in biophysics in London before joining the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Toronto. As a result of his research in high altitude physiology, he was awarded the McKee Trans-Canada Trophy in 1960 and subsequently, in 1974, was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame. After his years of work in research he was employed at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa as Director of Medical Personnel, Deputy Surgeon General, and Surgeon General of the Canadian Forces. Upon retiring from his military career, Wilson became Associate Registrar of the Medical Council of Canada and then Registrar until retirement in 1987. Faith, Family, Friends – these were most important to Wilson. In recent years he enjoyed his adventures to Bissett Creek, family reunions, annual Aviation Hall of Fame induction dinners, travels south and to Europe. Wilson's sense of humour, positive attitude, love of life and learning, and his genuine interest in other people hugely impacted those around him. The family would like to express thanks to the teams at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, (at O'Connor) Ottawa on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service to be held on Friday, February 20, 2015, 1 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Anglican Church, 2345 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa. A reception celebrating Wilson's life will be held at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club following the service. Those wishing may make memorial donations to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Canadian Blood Services, or the charity of their choice.
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Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2015
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