LEO ANTHONY McARTHUR
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LEO ANTHONY McARTHUR Passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family January 11, 2016 after a difficult illness against which he fought tenaciously and courageously. Survived by his wife Helen, of 56 years, son Blair (Brenda), daughter Shawneen, grandchildren Dylan, Rachael, Connor and Kylan and sister Louise. Predeceased by his daughter Julie and his siblings William, Johnny, Ed, Joseph, Bernice and Theresa. Leo will be forever associated with Miller Paving and McAsphalt Industries. Leo's story is not widely known outside the road building industry as he was a very private man and because he and his partner, the late John Carrick, did not believe in public ownership. The Miller and McAsphalt companies remain as they began, family-owned enterprises. Leo was a giant in the industry and he was among the first rank of the Canadian entrepreneurs of his generation. His beginnings were modest. The youngest of eight children of Archibald and Mary McArthur of Owen Sound, Leo at nine years old lost his father to a work accident. With the strong support of his mother, his siblings and the church, he was educated at St. Michael's College in Toronto and the University of Windsor. He began his career as a management trainee with Imperial Oil, where he met his future partner, John Carrick. Like all entrepreneurs, he and John were soon convinced they could do it better and in 1970 left promising careers at Imperial to bet what little they had and all they could borrow on their new business, McAsphalt industries. McAsphalt began on a shoestring as a supplier of asphalt cement to the road building industry in competition with Imperial and other major oil companies. In 1976 Leo and John purchased Miller Paving Limited. Leo took on management of Miller and with it a business new to both himself and his partner. Over the next forty years, Leo vastly increased Miller's size and reach. Miller and McAsphalt operate across Canada and out of Atlanta, Georgia in the Southeastern United States. Leo's career was characterized by hard work, rock solid integrity and above all a passionate commitment to all of Miller's employees. Nothing was more important to Leo than family and his employees were indeed an integral part of the McArthur family. Community was a cardinal Leo McArthur value; he believed in sharing his success with the communities in which he carried on business. Among countless initiatives he supported, Leo would probably point first to the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre in Owen Sound, a gift in memory of his daughter. Leo was equally proud of his long support of the York Regional Police. His many contributions include his roles as a founder and then as a consistent force behind the annual Police Appreciation Dinner and as a major sponsor of the YRP Community Safety Village. He especially enjoyed attending Village events involving the programs for school children. Leo was deeply involved in the affairs of his industry and served as the President of the Ontario Road Builders' Association and as a longtime board member of the Canadian Construction Association, along with numerous other Board appointments. "Leo and John Carrick will be preparing for a tour of the celestial highway system. Their transportation will be a 1975 CJ5 Jeep Renegade, Levi Blue Jeans Special Edition. They will be fueled by crackers, peanut butter, Myers Dark Rum, Coke and White Owl cigars. Improvements to that highway system will be forthcoming". Those wishing to pay their respects to the family are all welcome at: The Sheraton Parkway Hotel, 9005 Leslie Street in Richmond Hill (Highway 7 and 404 area) on Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 18th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 150 St. Francis Avenue in Woodbridge, Ontario. Visitation and Funeral Mass will also take place in Owen Sound. Visitation will be on Wednesday, January 20th at the Julie McArthur Recreation Centre, 700 10th Street, from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, January 21st at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 554 15th Street East. Donations in lieu of flowers; Sandgate Women's Shelter, Belinda's Place and the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce Inc. Arrangements entrusted to Marshall Funeral Home in Richmond Hill.


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Published in Toronto Star from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, 2016.
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May 10, 2016
A great man with a fantastic family and business. You will be missed

Jason Jenkins
Jason Jenkins
February 14, 2016
Helen and Family. With our Deepest Sympathy in the Passing of Leo. Are Hearts are sadden and Very Blest to have known Leo which he was a Very Special and Caring Individual. Diana and Perry Kratsa. ❤❤
Diana & Perry Kratsa
January 25, 2016
Dear Blair and Family,

In 1993, our family friend called your father and asked him if he could use a young gentleman to work for his company.

Twenty-three years later, because of your father, my husband is still working for the Miller Family, which has supported my son through university with scholarships while I am able to live a life that is not compromised by my illnesses.

Thank you, Leo. You were a wonderful man and will always be remembered for your compassion, kindness and thoughtfulness.

Our deepest condolences,

The Gosselin Family
Mario & Irene Gosselin
January 23, 2016
To Blair and family.
We are truly saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad. We want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
Frank Costanzo
January 22, 2016
My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Leo. He was such an amazing man and a great inspiration to many. He was my father (Chuck Johnston's) boss for 20+ years and always had a smile on his face when I would see him at the company picnics or events. You will be deeply missed, Leo. Rest in paradise.
Charlee Johnston
January 22, 2016
Deepest Sympathies and Condolences from the Johnson's
Mark Johnson
January 22, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Harvey Johnson
January 22, 2016
I was saddened to hear of Leo's passing,and convey my sincere condolences to Helen and the Family.
I had the privilege to have made Leo's acquaintance, and will remember him as a Gracious man, appreciative of one's labor.
john malin
January 21, 2016
Dear Helen and family, my deepest condolences for the loss of a great leader. I am grateful for having worked for Leo and the Miller group for over 30 years.
Giovanni Bennardo
January 21, 2016
Dear Helen

I am so sorry for your loss. Leo was one of the most loving and giving men I knew. My heart and love are with you, Blair and Shawneen and families.
You both have touched my live and I would like to say thank you and love you.

Bev Roots
January 21, 2016
It was with great sadness that I heard of Leo's passing. I hope his family is comforted by the huge positive impact he had on so many people's lives. I'd like to share a short story of one of my early encounters with Leo.
I first met Leo McArthur in the 1980's as a child. My father, Don Perry, had just joined Miller Paving after running his own interlocking stone business for several years. For some reason I was spending the day with my father and he had to pop into the office to pick something up. Thus I found myself in the offices at 505 Miller Avenue and I remember thinking it was like a maze. How did anyone remember how to get to their desks in there? The hallways, doors and offices all blurred together as one in my 7 year old mind. On our way out we passed by Leo's office my father asked if I wanted to meet the big guy' himself. Boy he wasn't kidding. Leo looked, in my eyes, to be about 10 feet tall. I remembered him making a comment to the effect that when I got a little taller they could put me to work at Miller. My next meeting with Leo didn't come until much later. I was in High School and was working part time at a local bicycle shop. Now as an aside to the story I had started calling my father Old Man when he'd call me at the bicycle shop. My father (an avid cyclist) called to let me know that Leo had asked for a recommendation for where he could buy a good quality bike that he could ride at the cottage. Don had pointed him to my shop. Leo came in and found a model that suited him and I set about assembling the one he'd actually take home. We'd have it ready for the next day but my boss suggested Leo call before he came to pick it up to ensure we had it 100% ready. The next day comes and after school I'm back working at the shop. The phone rings and the call display shows up with 905-475-6660 (505 Miller Ave's number) I assume it's my Dad checking in with me and pick up with a cheerful Hey Old Man, what's up? there's a long pause and then I hear Leo's voice. He's calling about his bike. I am dying 1000 deaths. The rest of the purchase was uneventful and I went on to a career in Property Management. Now let us fast forward to early 2012. I was hired by Miller Paving as a plant coordinator. I am officially a 2nd generation Miller man. I join my father at the annual Miller shop BBQ and we run into Leo. I mention that I haven't seen him since mistakenly calling him Old Man. He remembers it and that gets a chuckle out of him. He tells me the bike is still up at the cottage and he's glad I finally decided to join the Miller Group family. After that I didn't see much of Leo except for company functions but I'll always remember him as the man who taught me to be careful with how you answer the phone, even if you think you know who is calling.
Godspeed Leo, you will be missed.
Michael Perry
January 21, 2016
I never really new Leo, having only met him once, but I certainly know many of his employees and the respect they have for this man is incredible. He will be missed. My best to his family.
Ron Gordon
January 19, 2016
Blair, Brenda and Family.
Our condolences and our thoughts go out to you.
Gina and Dan McCormack
January 19, 2016
On behalf of the '96 Waterloo Warrior hockey team I would like to pass on our condolences to Blair and his entire family over the loss of Leo. From all accounts a wonderful man and supporter of our program.

- John Wynne, Calgary AB
January 19, 2016
Dear Helen, Blair, Shawneen and family...I am so very sorry that I am not able to attend either service for Leo, as we are on our way to Florida. Please know that my heart is with you all and I will be there in spirit. Leo was such a special man and I grew very fond of him throughout the passing of my Mom and Dad. He was so compassionate, caring, generous and kept in touch with both my Dad and me to make sure we were ok. For Leo to take time from his incredibly busy life to make sure we were ok meant the world to us. I will never forget his kindness. The world has lost an incredible man, but heaven has gained one hell of a good euchre player and very special friend to those who have gone before him. Please know that I am thinking of all of you with a heavy heart, but with the comfort that Dad and Leo are having a pull and will watch over all of us. With love and hugs...Jane and Marv Miller
Jane and Marv Miller
January 19, 2016
Dear Helen and Family,
My condolences on the passing of Leo. He was a wonderful man who will be greatly missed.
I was very fortunate to have met him.
Georgia Mihailidis
January 19, 2016
One of many we caught!
My deepest sympathies to the McArthur family.
I considered Leo a great friend he will be missed but not forgotten!
Carl D'Amour
January 19, 2016
Leo was a real force of nature, an amazing individual to be associated with. I will always remember his single-minded determination to meet and overcome any obstacle he encountered. My sincere condolences to Blair and Helen.
Joe Mann
January 19, 2016
Dear Blair & Family
Leo was a great friend to our family supporting Peg, Cal & Karen in there time of need. We will miss the Potlicker and will definitely have a pull for for the good old times of hunting,fishing, playing euchre and partying together over the last 40 years.
Gord Kerr
January 19, 2016
It was a privilege to know him and to work with him.
Peter Overton
January 18, 2016
To Helen, Blair and McArthur family. Words cannot express my sadness. Please accept my sincere condolences. Leo was a great man and he will not be forgotten.
Margaret Liu
January 18, 2016
It is an honoured to be a part of the Miller Group family. Thank you Leo for the opportunity to grow and learn and for support.
Mary Nedeljkov
January 18, 2016
To Blair and the McArthur family, Dawn & I wish to send our sincere sympathy on the passing of Leo. I thought he was a great man and a wonderful leader. He will always be remembered and missed. Again, our deepest condolences. Gary MacDonald, Smith's Construction.
Gary & Dawn MacDonald
January 18, 2016
Rest in Peace!
Wazir Hosein
January 18, 2016
My sincere condolences to Helen, Blair & Brenda & Shawneen and their family. I've been fortunate to be working for The Miller Group and to have met Leo a few years ago. Leo was great man and leader, who will be dearly missed by many.
Joanna Sarley - Prince Edward Quarry
Joanna Sarley
January 18, 2016
Our deepest condolences are with the McArthur family at this time of grieving. I am glad I had the honour of meeting him. I admired him for his strength of his character. Though the body dies, the soul lives on. Leo is a beautiful soul. He who is everlasting is with us even beyond death. From: Wazir, Vanessa, Tony and Naz.
Wazir Hosein
January 18, 2016
Our deepest condolences to Leo's Family, he was one of a kind.
David W. Kennedy
January 18, 2016
YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED RIP LEO
DONOVAN MILLER
January 18, 2016
Leo was not only a great businessman.He had a heart bigger than most. He was kind, honest and generous. Traits that are sometimes hard to find these days. When the 404 highway was being extended to serve the people of the Town of Georgina (a community I had the privilege of being the Mayor at the time) Leo was the one you could count on to give you the answers when no one else would. If you called. He returned your call and he would let you know what he knew. When you saw him at an event he committed his time speaking with you not looking around to see who was more important that he could speak to. I will miss his always cheerful hello.


Former Mayor
Robert Grossi
January 17, 2016
My sincere condolences to Helen, Shawneen & her family, Blair, Brenda, my niece Rachael and my nephew Dylan. I will always remember how kind & thoughtful Leo was in taking the time out of his busy schedule to come and see my mother Grace during her times of sadness and her illness. Also during my own illness offered help. For that I am truly great full. God rest Leo.

Roseanne Gleeson
January 17, 2016
My deepest condolences..I worked at Miller Paving back in the late 70's. We were a very small group that worked on Miller rd & it was like a second family...We had some really great times...Our Christmas parties were also really good. All the employees including Leo would exchange small gifts & then head down to the restaurant for dinner & drinks. Leo Mcarthur will be sadly missed.
Jennifer Cowie
January 17, 2016
My deepest condolences to the McArthur family. Leo was a good guy and an excellent boss.
dave sinclair
January 17, 2016
To Blair and the McArthur Family:
We were saddened to hear about your dear father and offer our sympathy and condolences. We met Leo many years ago, and remember him as a warm gentleman and family man who was close with his family. We will remember him, and the family as well,in our prayers.
Sincerely,
Tony and Irene Mantione- Harrisburg, PA
January 17, 2016
Our condolences go out to the McAuthur family at this sad time.
Daryl,Amy,Emma and Jaxon Dupuis
January 17, 2016
Our sincere condolences to Helen, Blair & Brenda and Shawneen
Lorne and Isobel Burbidge
January 17, 2016
Our most sincere condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
God bless,
Josie and Sam Paric & Michelle and Jason Bryant
January 17, 2016
Sorry to hear of Mr. McArthur's passing... May he rest in peace.
Bob Lilly
January 17, 2016
Our deepest Condolences to the McArthur family. Leo was a great Man and he will be truly missed. God Bless. Tom & Melody Strickland
Melody Strickland
January 17, 2016
My Miller ride.
My heartfelt condolences on Leo's passing.
I have been an employee of Millers since 2008,operating a plow/sander combo at Durham Region,Orono Depot.
Unfortunately,I never had the pleasure of meeting Leo in person, and for that I am deeply saddened.....everyone I spoke with,who knew him personally,said he was a true gentleman....of that,I am sure.
Once again,condolences to all family and friends.
Terry Stark
January 17, 2016
So sorry for for your lost my prays are with Miller and family
Kerryann Hackett
January 17, 2016
Our condolences to Shawneen, Helen and Blair. Our thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time
Pauline and Allan White
January 16, 2016
My deepest condolences to McArthur family.
Leo McArthur was a wonderful person.
He will be sincerely missed by all.
May his soul rest in peace.
Stanislaw Nawrot
January 16, 2016
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Helen and Family. Leo was truly a Great man, and will be sadly missed.
Darcy Danielson
January 16, 2016
I had met Leo, briefly, a few years back while hosting bbq for the Homer yard.
He was such a nice man. Condolences to the immediate family of Leo and the Miller Group for losing a gem.
A. W
January 16, 2016
Sorry to learn of Leo's passing. He was a man I truly respected and he will be missed in the business community.
Respects
Keith and Diane Bray
January 16, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to the McArthur family and the entire Miller Group family. Leo was a kind and gentle man, a mentor to us in many ways. He will be missed, God Bless.
Jim and Astrid Facette
January 16, 2016
Leo and I were friends and business associates for 50 years. I enjoyed his company and respected his loyalty. When it came to business he was nothing short of a genius. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Alex McEachen
Alex's Construction Supplies
January 16, 2016
Our heartfelt condolences to the McArthur family. An amazing man, so proud to be part of the Miller family for many years.
Anne & Tom Potts
January 15, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 15, 2016
My condolences to the family never had the pleasure to meet Leo for as many times I was in the yard put never heard a bad thing about Leo wish I would of meet the man .
Francis Linden
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