ROSSBAUM, Leopold - Born August 28, 1916 in Paldiski, Estonia, died peacefully with family by his side, December 19, 2012 in Collingwood, Ontario in his 97th year. Leo studied Architecture at the Tallin University in Estonia. Conscripted into the Officer Corps he served as an Officer in the Estonian Defence force until it was disbanded and absorbed by the Soviet Red Army in 1940. He saw action in battles unknown to most westerners at Velikiye Luki and the Battle of Leningrad. He was awarded a Hero of Leningrad. After the war he made his way to England where he married Ludmilla, his wife of the last 64 years. Together they immigrated to Canada in 1952 and built a new life far from the threat of Soviet Communism. He worked in construction for a time until he could practice his true passion which was photography. Leo operated a Photographic Supply business in West Toronto for 18 years. He lived a happy, healthy retired life for many years. Always kind, thoughtful and generous of his time and money, Leo loved to joke and make others smile. The twinkle in his eye always reminded us of the bon vivant he was in his youth. He is survived by his loving wife and son Peter with family, distant relatives in Estonia and Australia. Funeral service will take place on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at St. Peter's Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, 817 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto at 1 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. At this time of year when so many are in need, we request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Scott Mission in Toronto to feed the truly needy at Christmas time: www.scottmission.com/ donate/iin-memory 416-923-2400. Arrangements entrusted to Fawcett Funeral Home - Collingwood Chapel.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 20, 2012