Richard William (Kirk) Leader
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Kirk Richard William Leader December 21, 1966 - November 20, 2015 Late of Nanaimo, BC, passed away with his family by his side after a short battle with cancer. Predeceased by his grandparents, Lloyd and Marjorie Leader and grandfather, Bill Willson. Kirk is survived by his grandmother, Barbara Willson; parents Rick and Pam Leader; brother Heath (Bonnie) Leader; sister Stacey (Joe) Leader; nephews Brett, Kage, Zachary and his niece, Sable. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canada Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Kirk's Memory. A celebration of life will be held in the summer. To appreciate Kirk's life story the family invites you to visit his blog - Kirk's Page - at As Kirk once said "Get out there and find some new horizons. Meet new people. See new things. Enjoy your life. Please. For me."

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Published in Leader-Post on Dec. 3, 2015.
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June 16, 2020
Thinking of you often and your smile. Will always cherish the time we had spent together
Kerri Senkow
March 16, 2016
Met Kirk in Paramedic School. Amazing guy. Passionate about what he loved to do. Wish I got to know him better. Gonna try to heed his advice everyday.
Jesse Ryalls
December 21, 2015
I befriended Kirk when we were both working at the Forrest Kerr project in Northern BC as paramedics. In the all too brief period of time that I knew him, I came to admire his zest for life, his love of diving and of the outdoors, his free spirit, and his absolutely impeccable work ethic. I was stunned when Kirk broke the news of his diagnosis, and was devastated when i learned he had gone so soon.

Kirk and I shared a great admiration for Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. We both shared a deep appreciation for science and critical thinking, and eschewed superstition and religion. Kirk remained true to his convictions until the end, and he faced his fate with amazing courage and dignity.

I feel his loss deeply and I hope Kirk's family will take some comfort in knowing how loved and admired he really was.
Ian Hames
December 10, 2015
I met Kirk Diving in the Galapagos about 5 years ago. We had a great couple of weeks and when we decided we needed to go again last year Kirk was keen to join us. Another great trip to the remote islands of Darwin and Wolfe. Kirk's life was tragically cut short, but he had done so many things other people can only dream of.
The courage Kirk showed in his last months is remarkable
good bye my friend
david wood
December 9, 2015
I worked with Kirk at Stony Rapids and wish to send my deepest sympathies to his family. Gone far too young. RIP Kirk.
Laurie Creighton
December 9, 2015
I had the pleasure of employing Kirk as a casual paramedic in my organisation. I always admired Kirk's adventurous nature and given our shared passion for scuba diving, I eagerly anticipated the many photos he would share with me from his trips. I just learned of his passing today, and I share in your grief.
Trevor Lowey
December 8, 2015
Dear Leader family,

My deepest and sincere condolences. I worked with Kirk in Points North. At times we only had a few hours to chat while one of us was coming on shift, or waiting for the plane to fly home. The crazy shark stories that Kirk would tell were always followed up with picture proof. I thought he was crazy, and he laughed at me for being afraid of those underwater "critters" as I called them. What an amazing human being who was so full of adventure. He lived his life with vigour and opportunity, waiting for the next shark encounter or traveling opportunity. And a brilliant paramedic. I learned so much from you. You are an inspiration my friend.
Jan Hiebert
December 8, 2015
My sincere condolences to Kirks family. I remember Kirk as a happy, talkative boy growing up with good friends around him. Always entertaining. Reading about his wonderful adventures. Take comfort in the knowledge that Kirks was a life well lived and he will live on in the hearts of many friends.
Bev Hillrich
December 7, 2015
We swam right when everyone else went left in Roca Rodonda, Galapagos. What a great metaphor for life! We celebrated you in Fiji with big sharks Kirk. Thanks for being you pal.
Dan Fick
December 7, 2015
My deepest condolences to the Leader family. Only time can help ease the pain of this loss.

Kirk was one of a kind, to say the least! He often shared memories of his many adventures and was fascinated by the places he had visited and people he met along the way. He will always be a great inspiration for me.

Miss your big smile kirk, gone but never forgotten. RIP friend.
Eva Larsen
December 7, 2015
Grew up with Kirk; nothing but good memories. Sad to hear of his passing our thoughts are with your family.
Darwin Laliberte
December 6, 2015
He changed the way I look at the world and for that I am forever grateful. There isn't a day that goes by where I don't think of his crazy stories and laugh out loud.
Andrew Taylor
December 5, 2015
Rick,Pam and sorry to hear about Kirk. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hold him close in your heart!
Chris and Jackie Hamilton
December 5, 2015
Rick,Pam, Heath and Stacey
We are so sorry for your loss of your son and brother Kirk. We read his blog of his life. you We were so amazed to learn of the journeys he took. It was so well done and interesting. He was an amazing and wondrous.soul! May peace be with you!
francis & Dianne Kelly
December 4, 2015
When I am dead
Cry for me a little,
Think of me sometimes
But not too much.
Think of me now and again
As I was in life
But not for long
Let your thoughts be with the living.
Goodbye my friend, I have lots of great memories which I intend on thinking about and laughing out loud.
Gordon Bergey
December 4, 2015
Rick, Pam, Stacey , Heath and famalies all our sympathy and love to you in this terrible time.
Ken & Deanna Kun
December 3, 2015
Kirk - you got me out there in the world... I'm forever grateful. You will be missed. My deepest condolences to your family.
Steven White
December 3, 2015
Rip deepblueseaz. miss ya
Mike W
December 3, 2015
Rick and Pam,Heath,and Stacy,sorry for your loss,Kirk was one of the good guys.
Jim and Michele Rey
December 3, 2015
Pam,Rick and sorry to hear of the passing of thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time
Colleen Sawer
December 3, 2015
Sorry to hear about your brother. My prayers to you & your family. My love to you all.
Cindy Herndon
December 3, 2015
Always missed, never forgotten, you were like a brother to me.
Darin Snyder
December 3, 2015
Pam & Rick so sorry to hear of Kirk's passing.
Sheila Lyons
Sheila Lyons
December 3, 2015
So sorry for the loss. My thoughts are with the family.
Bobbi Jo Leader
December 3, 2015
We were so sorry to hear of Kirks death. Our thoughts are with you and your families.
Ruth & Bernie Patallas
Ruth & Bernie Patallas
December 3, 2015
So sorry for your loss Stacey. You and your family are in my thoughts during this extremely difficult time.
Lori Walker
December 3, 2015
Hi Stacey,
So sorry to hear about your brother.
Thinking of you and Joe at this difficult time.
Kenny & Cheryl Kaban
Cheryl Kaban
December 3, 2015
Miss ya buddy! RIP with no pain
kristie ganes
December 3, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Leanne Miller
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