Leonard Hilarion LEGAULT
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LEGAULT, Leonard Hilarion
Peacefully on Friday, March 17, 2017 in Ottawa. Born in Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, son of Donat Legault and Ludivine Morin. Brother of Jeanette, Lilliane, Germaine, Gerald, Blanche, Theodore, and Laurette. Married Veronica Kulchyski November 28, 1959. Father of Lise (Patrick Hadley), Justin (Beverly Tarasevich), Theodore, and Roland (Paula Pincombe). Grandfather of Louisa, Charlotte, and Samuel. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Annunciation of the Lord Church, 2414 Ogilvie Rd, at 11:00 a.m. In memoriam donations to the Annunciation Parish or the charity of your choice are gratefully accepted.
Je crois sans y changer un seul point ce
que mes pères ont cru avant moi,
Confessant le Sauveur des hommes et Jésus
qui est mort sur la croix.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 20, 2017.
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December 16, 2020
I knew Len in India in 1966/67 when he was in the Canadian High Commission in Delhi. I was based at the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur. We got along famously - became pals and cross-visited frequently. He was a remarkable, bright, stimulating, joyous person - a fitting staff person to Roland Michener the then High Commissioner. Golden memories of a great guy!

Bill Day
William (Bill) Day
April 9, 2017
My sincere condolences to the Legault family. I have just learned the sad news from our mutual friend, Donat Pharand. I originally met Leonard Legault many years ago through another mutual friend, the late Gordon W. Smith. In recent years, Leonard and Donat had worked together to enable publication post-humously of Gordon's work "A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North." These three gentlemen and scholars of the north were long-time friends and I was privileged through their friendsip to have beoome acquainted with Leonard Legault, who was an inspiration and role model to so many Canadians - diplomats and lawyers. I remember him with deepest respect and humility.
Jeannette Tramhel
April 9, 2017
I regret terribly not to have seen this obituary until now.Leonard was impossible to dislike and easy to admire, a great, wise, effective colleague and a good man. I was honoured to serve with him.
Paul Heinbecker
April 8, 2017
We would like to thank our father's colleagues, neighbours and old friends for their contributions to this guest book. Your tributes to our father have been a great support to us in our loss.

Lise, Justin, Ted and Roland Legault
Lise Legault
April 2, 2017
Leonard was a dear friend/classmate through Elementary and High School in Gravelbourg, Sask. He had a great sense of humour, witty and it was always exciting to be in his company. He possessed a brilliant mind. I knew then that he would become successful in any career he chose. He did that without a doubt!
Condolences to the family.
Jeanine (Paquin) Lundahl
Jeanine Paquin
March 30, 2017
Leonard was my mentor and my friend throughout my professional career and beyond. We'll miss him. Condolences to the family.
Alan Willis
March 29, 2017
Leonard was the Director General of the Legal Bureau when I first joined DFAIT, as it then was, in 1980. His insistence on perfection was daunting at first to a young lawyer new to the federal government. But I soon realized that Leonard was not being dictatorial. He was simply asking the same standard of others that he imposed on himself. I later worked closely with him on several trade law cases and remember those intense periods as some of the most demanding, but also the most fun, periods of my career. Everyone looked up to him; larger than life when it came to international law in Canada; modest when it came to his many fine qualities and contribution to Canada. As I write this I instinctively wonder what his red pen would do to this note. Surely it would undergo some edits making it better! Rest in peace, knowing that we honour you in death as much as we respected you in life.
Colleen Swords
Colleen Swords
March 29, 2017
May Leonard rest in well earned eternal peace.
Lorne Clark
March 28, 2017
I first met Leonard 58 years ago, when he first arrived in Ottawa, fresh from law school, to take direction of the Secretariat of the National Federation of Canadian University Students. During the following years, we collaborated intensely on numerous projects in the advancement of student interests, both as students in an officially bilingual state and as citizens of a complicated and dangerous world in which student altruism and passion had an almost unique role to play. During the ensuing six decades, we were in touch sporadically, but our contacts continued to resume in mid-sentence, as if no time had passed. Only in recent years, as our infirmities began to overwhelm us, did they lessen considerably.

I cherish my years of collaboration with Leonard and our fellow yearners for a better world and a greater positive role in it for our country and its citizens. Leonard's contribution to that objective, as a diplomat and a jurist, has been of the very, very highest order and all who dealt or collaborated with him must feel his loss profoundly.

With his passing, we all lose a true citizen of the world, symbolic of a pivotal generation.
Paul Becker
March 24, 2017
Mr. Legault was the wisest and most honorable gentleman I ever had the privilege and pleasure of working for in the U.S. Branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. My condolences to his family.
Mike Robertson
March 23, 2017
Deepest condolences to the family. Now many years since we were serving together at the Canadian Mission in Geneva in the mid-seventies but I still recall keenly Ken's sense of humour and willingness to hear all points of view. A true gentleman and diplomat.
Don MacPhee
March 23, 2017
I had the greatest respect for him and you have my condolences.
Brian Long
March 23, 2017
To the Legault family,

May the fond memories of happier times past and knowing that friends and relations, both near and far, have you in their thoughts and prayers, be of some comfort to you. Leonard was a gentleman and a scholar and I truly enjoyed and respected working with him at the International Joint Commission and then discussing issues in our retirements.

Murray and Jill Clamen
March 23, 2017
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the LeGault Family.
Rest in Peace
Carol Tarasevich
Carol Tarasevich
March 23, 2017
Saddened to hear of Len's passing. Condolences to his family.
Ambassador Andrés Rozental
March 23, 2017
He was the best.
March 22, 2017
Maxine and I were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of your father, brother, grandfather and uncle. From our earliest days in Blackburn, Len and Veronica were friends, neighbors and colleagues. Whether it was carpooling to the Langevin Building with Phil Slyfield, Fred Livingston and Gord Longmuir, to benefitting from his advice when we were in Washington together in the late 1980s, Len was always open, frank and willing to listen and provide advice. Our sincerest condolences to Lise, Justin Ted and Roland, and to the extended Legault family. Our regrets that our absence from Ottawa will prevent us from Attending the funeral.
Ken & Maxine Harley
Ken Harley
March 22, 2017
Dear Legault family. Like many others, I am shocked to hear of your loss. I had the privilege of working on Canada's Gulf of Maine Boundary team under Len's very able and inspiring leadership. I remember him for his quick mastery of very complex legal issues, amazing energy, and intelligence. Above all, I remember him for his generosity of spirit and kindness, as well as his great sense of humour. Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathies.
Doug Macdonald
March 22, 2017
A la famille Legault, j'ai connu Len comme collègue 'sénior' toujours sympathique (souvent avec une cigarette!) envers les jeunes. Lorsque j'ai occupé la même résidence que lui à Rome plusieurs années plus tard, son souvenir était encore présent et on parlait de lui avec plaisir.
Toutes mes sympathies, Anne Leahy
Anne Leahy
March 22, 2017
Deepest sympathies and thoughts of support. I will always cherish and recall that I was welcomed openly into the Legault home several times years ago in Blackburn as a friend of Roland's. There was always an openness, calm, caring and respectfulness that permeated the household - a true sign of strong, engaged parents that were respected and loved. To Leonard Legault - your strength of character influenced others more than you knew. Thank you.

- Kevin Marshall
March 22, 2017
His son Roland is a very much appreciated colleague, and I would like to wish him and his family my deepest condolences. Bon courage !
Philippe de Grandpré
March 22, 2017

A great public servant who made an immense contribution to international
law and to the formulation of Canadian maritime policy in arctic sovereignty, fisheries and boundaries.
Barry Mawhinney
March 22, 2017
I was very saddened to hear of Len's passing. I worked with him on the Gulf of Maine Boundary dispute and have many fond memories of our years working together. He was a dedicated man who cared for the people he worked with and he was a strong family man who loved his family deeply and was so very proud of them. Rest in peace, you will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew you.
Paula Scott
March 21, 2017
À tous les membres de votre famille...

- La mort laisse un chagrin que personne ne peut guérir, mais l'amour laisse un souvenir que personne ne peut voler.

Bien qu'il soit difficile aujourd'hui de voir au-delà de la douleur, un regard en arrière sur tous les souvenirs que vous avez partagé avec l'amour, vous permettra demain de trouver un grand confort.

Je sais pour sûr que vous ne perdez jamais la personne que vous avez aimé, même après sa mort.

Il continuera à être présent dans toutes vos pensées, à participer à toutes vos actions et à toutes les décisions que vous prendrez.

Son amour laisse une marque indélébile dans votre mémoire, dans votre cur.

Vous trouverez le confort en sachant que votre vie a été enrichie de partager son amour.

Peut-être son âme n'est pas une étoile, mais plutôt une ouverture dans le ciel où l'amour de nos êtres chers coule et brille sans cesse sur nous pour nous faire savoir qu'ils sont heureux.

Et les anges sont toujours près de ceux qui sont en deuil, pour vous murmurer que vos proches sont en sécurité dans les mains de Dieu. -

Que cette nouvelle est triste.

J'ai eu le plaisir de servir avec monsieur Legault à l'Ambassade du Canada à Washington.

Après mon retour à Pearson, mes fonctions à JLA - section légale, m'ont permise de rencontrer monsieur Legault qui représentait l'Ambassade du Canada lors des négociations du FTA pour le saumon du Pacifique.

Il a toujours pris le temps de dire bonjour, et jaser une petit mot avant de quitter le bureau.

Je garde le plus doux souvenir de sa belle personnalité, sa bonne humour et son coté taquin toujours agréable lors de situations stressantes.

À toute sa grande famille, mes voeux les plus sincères de sympathies dans votre perte.

C'est un gros morceau qui vous a quitté.

Mes prières et mes pensées sont avec vous et les vôtres ...
HélèneAnna Goyette
March 21, 2017
I cannot easily express my sadness and sense of loss at the departure of Len Legault. A very great and pious man my admiration for whom only grew over time. Prayers for the family at this most difficult time.
Dean Sherratt
March 21, 2017
Dear Legault family,
We were saddened to learn of the death of your beloved father and grandfather. Len was a friend and colleague in Foreign Affairs for many years. We first met in Geneva in the early 1980's and worked most closely when he was Legal Advisor in Ottawa and Minister/DCM in Washington. He wrote Joe Clark's speech on Arctic Soverignty for the House of Commons, won the maritime boundary dispute in the Gulf of Maine and headed the Economic side of the Embassy during the FTA. He had many more accomplishments. Truly a devoted and distinguished Canadian diplomat and lawyer and a true gentleman. Our deepest sympathies.
John and Linda Noble Ottawa
John Noble
March 21, 2017
My deepest sympathies to the Legault family. Len was for many years a deeply valued mentor to me and my late colleague Bill Dymond. Hi advice was always thoughtful and wise and helped to keep us out of trouble. May he find peace in the arms of our Lord.
Michael Hart
March 21, 2017
My deepest sympathies on the loss of Len, your patriarch and a very old friend and former colleague.

Ron R
March 21, 2017
I warmly remember Len from our many carpooling adventures from Blackburn Hamlet many years ago when he fervently predicted the imminent end to all fishing. A kind, humorous and knowledgeable man who was passionately devoted to his profession as a lawyer and a public servant, yet dedicated to his family and friends.
Gordon Longmuir
March 21, 2017
I will miss him greatly. I worked for Leonard as is Executive Assistant at the IJC and we remained friends after he retired. It was such a honour working for him. He helped me through difficult times and will be forever grateful. I am so glad he is happy now to be with his dear Veronica. Sending my deepest sympathies to his family
Val Brunette
March 21, 2017
To the Legault Clan,

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Both your parents certainly led a life worth celebrating! Your family was like a landmark for me growing up on Silver Aspen Crescent! May your good memories prevail during this sad time. Barb (Moss) Clement, Sharon, Ontario
March 20, 2017
Dear Lise, Justin, Ted and Roland
It is with deep sadness that I learnt of the passing of your beloved father and my friend and mentor. Leonard was a great man and the foremost Canadian public international lawyer of his generation.
For me, as for many others, Leonard was a guide and inspiration who taught, not only with his lips but in his life, how to discern and follow steadfastly the sometimes hazardous path betwixt political/bureaucratic reality and true public service. Leonard was an idealist but with both feet firmly planted on the ground. He was a beacon of light in a public service too frequently blemished by cynicism and careerism.
Grounded in and motivated by a profound Catholic faith and culture, Leonard selflessly devoted his life to his family, his country and the law.
It must be a comfort to you that he is now united with your mother of blessed memory, Veronica, who was taken from us far too early.
May Leonard's soul rest in peace and Light perpetual shine upon him.
With deepest sympathy
Blair Hankey
Blair Hankey
March 20, 2017
Thinking of you all, in your time of sorrow, he is now happy to be joined with his lovely wife he adored so much
Nicole & family
March 20, 2017
My sincere sympathy to the Legault family. I first met Len when he was Executive Secretary of the nation student federation way back in 1959. I remember him being witty, amazingly fluent in both official languages, and a great debater and diplomat, skills which served him and the country well during his distinguished public service career. He also taught me that Canada had Francophone communities all across the country. He was a mentor to many student leaders who later became public servants and community leaders. Remembered fondly and with great respect.
Stewart Goodings
March 20, 2017
Dear Roland,

It was with sadness that I heard about the passing of your dad. I'm happy that we ran into one another only a few days before and you were able to fill me in on how he was doing. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that he has been reunited with your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Paula and the entire Legault family.

Your friend, Carolyn
Carolyn Bertrand
March 20, 2017
Lise, Justin, Teddy, Roland and Families,

Deepest condolences to you all on the loss of your dear Dad.

He will be missed by his Silver Aspen friends, past and present.

We will hoist a wee dram in his honour.
Lynn McEwen Leduc
March 20, 2017
On behalf of the International Joint Commission, I would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Leonard Legault who was a distinguished Commissioner of the IJC and will be remembered fondly by all.
Richard Morgan
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