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James Ernest Leier

1948 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
James Ernest Leier Obituary
June 27, 1948 - June 23, 2016 James Ernest Leier, "Jim", "Jimmie", "Ernie"; age 67; passed away suddenly from a pulmonary embolism on June 23, 2016 in Palm Desert, CA; survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 44 years, Lenora Hume; and their son, Adam Leier. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on June 27, 1948; raised by his deceased maternal grandparents, the Leslies; attended Bennetto Elementary School, Central Secondary High School, and Hamilton Collegiate Institute before enrolling at the University of Waterloo, where he met Lenora. After university, they moved to Toronto. He worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on several productions including Bethune, A Gift to Last, Chautauqua Girl and Street Legal. Living together, Jim and Lenora had a son, Adam in 1983. In 1990, when Lenora was hired by Walt Disney Television Animation they moved to Los Angeles for 17 years - followed by 5 years in London, England - before settling in Palm Desert, California. Jim was loved by his many friends and family members. He was a caring and involved member of Marrakesh Country Club. He loved cooking, entertaining company, golfing, volunteering, traveling, art museums, fine food, wine and offering opinions on all of the above. He and Lenora had just returned from a month long trip to Europe celebrating Lenora's birthday. He lived life to the fullest, was caring and kind, and was regarded as a loyal friend. He had a wicked sense of humour and told many strange and funny stories. Cremation took place in Palm Desert on Canada Day. A memorial celebration of Jim's life will take place in the fall in Palm Desert and Toronto with details to follow. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the Desert Community Foundation: Marrakesh Scholarship Fund at www.jamesleier.com "Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love". Rainer Maria Rilke
Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 2, 2016
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