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DONLEVY, Leo Jr.
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Leo Donlevy Jr. on May 12, 2018, at the age of 59 years. Leo passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, as was his wish. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Therese, and their four children Richard, Anne (Rory), Colin and Kevin (Daniela). Leo will also be sadly missed by his sisters, nieces, nephews, extended family and plethora of friends, colleagues and students; he was preceded by his parents, Leo Sr. and Evelyn Donlevy, his sister Cathy, brother Patrick, and brother-in-law, Wilf.
Born on September 11, 1958 in Calgary Alberta, Leo was the youngest of 8 children, 6 girls and 2 boys; he was a long awaited gift to his Roman Catholic parents. The church was a large part of Leo's early life; an altar and choir boy until he lost his boyish soprano, Leo spent much time in the church with his devout family. Groomed at an early age to take over the family business, Leo worked with his father at Marshall and Donlevy Ltd., a printing company, until Leo Sr. retired in 1981. Leo Jr. took over the company until he sold it in 1991.
In 1979, on May 12, Leo married the love of his life, Therese (nee Godbout), and proceeded to spend the next 39 years together, embodying the fundamentals of their vows through sickness and health, demonstrating the true meaning and strength of marriage as partners and parents.
In 1993, Leo passed his soccer referee certification and spent the rest of his life in the referee community as an assessor, provincial level instructor and mentor. Leo's impact upon the community as an advocate for education and development in its strive for excellence was far reaching.
Leo pursued his MBA at the University of Calgary, putting his experience in business to good use, graduating in 1995, with a job offer to teach at the University in their Entrepreneurship and Innovation department. For the next 21 years, Leo devoted himself to the University of Calgary and his students, excelling as a Tenured Senior Instructor and heralding in an increased respect for the department and its case teams. Leo spearheaded an unprecedented rise in respect for the case teams in the "Olympics" of the MBA world, the prestigious John Molson MBA International Case Competition, for 17 years with an unmatched record of success.
In 2016, Leo and his wife, Therese, took a leave of absence from the U of C and moved from Calgary, Alberta, to Ottawa, Ontario, to pursue a business opportunity; he became the President of VairTEX Canada Inc. and was completely dedicated to the mission of taking VairTEX from a small, local Ottawa firm, to a company with international ties.
Over his lifetime, Leo was a volunteer with many associations, including, but not limited to, the Aerospace Museum Association of Calgary, the Alberta Referee Development Committee, the Alberta Soccer Association, the Catholic Bible College of Canada, the Calgary and District Soccer Referees Association, the Calgary Graphics Arts Association, the Calgary Winter Club, the Caloha board of Directors, the Canadian Business Forms Association, the Canadian Printing Industries Association, the Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre, the Earl Grey Golf Club, the Glencoe Club, the Inter-Faith Thrift Stores Association, the Knights of Columbus, the MBA Alumni Association of the University of Calgary, the National Graphic Arts Association, The Pastoral Reporter (The Official Print Communication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary), the Printing and Graphics Industries Association of Alberta, the Printing Industries of America and the SAIT Graphic Arts Administration Program.
Leo will be remembered as a man of integrity, honesty and wit; a man who loved his family, honored his wife above all else, had a keen mind and was self-effacing to the point he could never see the lasting impacts he made. He was a man who couldn't let pass the opportunity of a good pun, no matter how pun-ishing, appreciated debate with a passion and loved unconditionally.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Ottawa Civic Hospital Emergency, Urgent Care and Acute Monitoring Area for their compassionate care.
Relatives and friends are invited to viewing and visitation at Hope Cemetery Chapel (4660 Bank St., Ottawa, ON, K1T 3W7 Cemetery) on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Leonard's Roman Catholic Church (5332 Long Island Road, Manotick, Ontario K4M 1E8) on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Titus Egbueh presiding. Leo will be cremated following the service. A Memorial Mass and Reception will be held in Leo's place of birth, Calgary, Alberta, at St. Albert the Great's Roman Catholic Parish (10 Prestwick Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4J6) on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 11 a.m., after which Leo will be buried with his parents, older brother and brother-in-law, Wilf Backhaus, at St. Mary's cemetery.
In Leo's memory, and in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made in his memory towards one of the following: the Leo Donlevy Memorial MBA Case Team Fund; donations can be made at https://netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/ LeoDonlevyMemorialFund or can be sent to c/o Development Department, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB or the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society; donations can be made at www.toomuchiron.ca/donate/legacy/ or they can be reached Toll-Free at 1-877-BAD- IRON (1-877-223-4766).

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Published in Calgary Herald on May 16, 2018.
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June 5, 2018
Dear Donlevy Family. I am sorry to hear of Leo's passing. He was a very influential instructor and mentor during my MBA studies in 2004-2006. I will always remember him as a man with sound and steady advice, a warm smile, an open-door and nice stories of soccer and his kids.
Nadine Mikolajow (Horne)
May 30, 2018
I was so saddened to learn of Leo's passing. I first met him when he was running his printing business and later we crossed paths while working at the University. He leaves a wonderful legacy. My heartfelt condolences.
Karen Chown
May 30, 2018
Haskayne's 2012 John Molson Case Team (finished 3rd place overall)
Leo was a wonderful man and an inspiration to me during my MBA years. He was my coach for the 2012 John Molson Case Team at U of C, and soon became a mentor and friend. My deepest condolences to Therese and the Donlevy family for his passing - he will be greatly missed, and I hope you can find comfort during this difficult time knowing that he touched so many lives in such a positive way through the work and his passion that he delivered in the case program at Haskayne.
Brian Eshpeter
May 30, 2018
Leo was a powerful influence on me during my time at Haskayne both as a student and then an instructor. His advice was salient and always delivered with compassion.

Leo had an infectious smile and was always willing to help. He will be missed.
Rod Miller
May 28, 2018
Dear Therese, Richard, Anne, Colin & Kevin, We are saddened to hear of Leo's passing. So young, so full of passion, and so much life to live. He will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May all of your fondest memories of Leo, live on forever in your hearts & homes. Peace be with you, Barry, Noreen, Heather & Nick Young
The Youngs
May 24, 2018
Such sad news. Leo will be missed.
Lynda and Alan Davies
May 24, 2018
Therese and family I am many others have exchanged stories about Leo in the last few weeks about the many years we have known him. With these stories came smiles, laughter and stories of how he has impacted our learning and development. It is with great sadness to have him leave us and may he rest in peace. He will be missed.
John Carlucci
May 22, 2018
Dear Donlevy Family:
I can't begin to express my deepest feelings for a very special cousin. Leo was so special and he and my Tim shared the same birthday. I remember as the "birth day" approached for our first born and my beloved Aunt Evelyn's last born how nervous I was in case we had a boy and your Mom had another girl (not that there was anything wrong with another girl), but I knew how much your family wanted a second boy. It was a happy, gorgeous day in the Yukon and in Calgary when both babies turned out to be healthy boys. We have had close family ties for all our lives and You are all so special to the Miller/Milne families. We will miss Leo and remember the fun at our last dinner together in Ottawa last summer. With much love and prayers, Mavis, Tim, Stephen, Lee and Tracy and all the Milne "cousins"
Mavis Milne
May 20, 2018
My prayers are with the Donlevy family. Leo was a great guy. He was a big part of developing young soccer referees in Calgary.
JP Shukry
May 20, 2018
Dear Therese and family,
Please accept my deepest condolences at this difficult time. I have fond memories of you and Leo from our Marriage Encounter gatherings. Losing our life partners is so hard.
Claudette Nicolas
May 19, 2018
Hello Therese and the rest of Leo's family,
Leo was my MBA instructor and case team coach in 2005 we won in Montreal thanks to his dedication as a coach. I kept in touch with Leo over the years and he was always open-armed with a hug when I saw him no matter how long it had been since we last spoke. My deepest condolences. I'm sorry I won't get another hug from Leo again or to hear him laugh once more. Leo had a great laugh.
Christine Gillies
May 19, 2018
I met Leo through soccer and remember him as a kind and encouraging man. Praying for peace and comfort for Therese and family.
Chris Dittmann
May 18, 2018
Leo was one of the highlights of my time at Haskayne. I have fond memories of our case competition in 2011. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Blake Kanewischer
May 18, 2018
So sorry to hear of Leo's passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
The Desiatnyk Family
Calgary, Alberta
May 18, 2018
Therese and family so sad to hear about Leo. He was a great guy and will be missed. My thoughts are with you.
Karen Cenedese
May 17, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Gernat Family
May 17, 2018
We send our heartfelt sympathy and love to all in the Donlevy family. May your faith, family, and friends give you comfort during this difficult time.
Brian and Wendy Schneider
May 16, 2018
Bob and I send our sympathy to Maureen and Peter and the Donlevy family during this sad time.
Jackie and Bob LaRouche-Merifield
May 16, 2018
I am so very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you in this difficult time.
Viki Fairbairn
May 16, 2018
Sorry for your loss. Leo was a great man
Colin Ruxton
May 16, 2018
To Therese, Maureen, Christine, Teresa, Mary and Margie, and all the family!
Thinking of all of you at this time of great loss and keeping you in our prayers,
Brian and Kathy
Kathy Inglis
May 16, 2018
Therese and family -- I am so sorry for your loss. Much love, Angela Veltman (Calgary Stealers)
May 16, 2018
Leo did printing for us when I was with Sovereign General many years ago. He was always very pleasant and helpful. I remember him saying that he was going to pursue an academic career and it's wonderful to know how successful he was. What a shock to hear of his premature passing. My deepest condolences to the family.
P Meadows
May 16, 2018
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to all of the Donlevy family. May you find comfort surrounded by friends and family at this difficult time.
Sherry St. Germaine (Saunders)
May 16, 2018
Anne, My heart weeps for your loss...you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jacci Saltzman
May 16, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Leo was a great friend and we are so sad to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sue & Charles Vanderwindt
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