William Bryce Leggatt
1941 - 2021
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Just when the weather had finally turned warm and the Red Sox were on a winning streak, we lost our beautiful Bryce. William Bryce Leggatt, much loved only child of Bill and Thelma Leggatt, was born in Hamilton on October 10, 1941 and died peacefully on June 16, 2021 of neuroendocrine cancer at Joseph Brant Hospital. He was surrounded by his loving family. Bryce was the loving husband and best friend of Barbara Seldon Leggatt. He was the loving father of Tyler Leggatt (Suzanne) and Lindsay Hewitt (Rob). He was the adoring Papa of Jane and Nora Hewitt and Findley, Isla and Cohen Leggatt. He will be missed by his cousins, Marilyn McKay and Craig Purvis. Bryce had a warm and generous spirit and he always saw the best in people. His unwavering optimism, good humour and sincere smile lit up every room he entered. He was a natural leader and he will be missed by his many good friends. He loved sunshine, beaches, warm climates and all things Boston. Bryce graduated from Hillpark High School in Hamilton and went on to McMaster University (BA, BPE), graduating in 1965. While there, he played football for the Marauders, was president of his senior class, and enjoyed many gatherings at Paddy Green's. Bryce was a respected teacher, principal, coach and consultant with the Halton District School Board. He also enjoyed farming in Grey County and refereeing in the O.U.A. Bryce was a talented athlete who excelled at many sports. In retirement, Bryce became a business owner, taught at D'Youville College, worked at Lowville Golf Club and grew his love of golf. Bryce was devoted to community service throughout his life, notably his work with Halton Adolescent Support Services, the Burlington Sports Hall of Fame, Elizabeth's Concert of Hope and many aspects of Rotary. A private funeral and internment will be held. Special thanks to the Acclaim Health home care nurses (Carrie, Kellie, Camille and Jane), injection nurse Jon and to Dr. Grzeslo. Heartfelt thanks to our many wonderful friends who helped along the way. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Rotary Club of Burlington Central (follow the link to "Donate Now" and then to "Rotary Club for Youth" and to "Dedication").

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on Jun. 19, 2021.
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September 4, 2021
Bryce was a friend and very supportive when I work as Arts Coordinator for the Halton Board.. my sincere condolences to Barbara, and his family. RIP Bryce.
Jack Redmile
Coworker
August 14, 2021
I was guidance secretary at Pearson and very much enjoyed working with Bryce. He was such a fun loving but hard working man. He was always a good friend to me. This photo was taken at Halloween many, many years ago. One of the fun times shared with our Principal, Vice Principal, myself and one of my office co workers. How sad he has passed. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
June Lynch (Remington)
Coworker
August 14, 2021
June Lynch (Remington)
Coworker
July 19, 2021
As a teacher at Lester B Pearson, I liked and respected Bryce. He was a people person and made everyone around him feel valued. After I retired, I would see him from time to time at a bagel shop in Burlington. I always enjoyed those brief visits with him. I miss him. My condolences to his family.
John Gaul
Coworker
June 21, 2021
I would like to offer my condolences to Bryce's family on their grievous loss. As a former colleague and, perhaps more importantly, a father of students at Lester B. Pearson High School I remember with gratitude Bryce's concern for and dedication to the wellbeing of those in his charge.
Ian Downie
Coworker
June 20, 2021
I first knew Bryce as a teacher at Nelson High School and later as a colleague. He was well respected and admired. Later, he provided the direction that led me into my teaching career. Thanks for guidance Bryce.
Kim Darby
Friend
June 20, 2021
A post recently appeared on Facebook regarding Mr. Leggatt. After reading the many comments I can only say he had an immense and lasting impact inspiring young athletes and students. He was truly an original.
Brian Barbour
Acquaintance
June 19, 2021
I have many fond memories of Bryce. Our family get togethers were always so much fun. Even as a child, I enjoyed hanging out with the adults, singing Scottish songs and listening to the many wonderful stories... being passed down from one generation to the next. Great times - miss them dearly.
I remember clearly, Bryce's amazing smile and sense of humour - and he smiled a lot.
My heart goes out to Tyler, Lindsay and Barb and his grandchildren, all of whom I'm sure, were the sparkles in his eyes.
Rest in peace, Bryce.
Much love,
Sue and family
Susan (Purves) Feuerstake
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