Dutfield, Leon, Edward

May 15, 1938 ~ July 23, 2015

“Age, Bad Luck and a Western Diet”, the big “C” finally got its hold and wouldn’t let go.

After 22 months in this battle, Leon passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Unit of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital with his family by his side.

He was born to William Thomas Dutfield and Irene Christie Aldridge in New Toronto, Ontario. Raised in the small village of Port Credit, he developed a love of the outdoors and the nearby farms that he found so intriguing.

Leon began his teaching career in a one-room school-house, SS#9 (Bloomsbury) in Nassagaweya Township in Halton County in 1959 and eventually retired from West Hill Secondary School in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1993. He and his wife of 54 years, Joan, shared the love for their three daughters, Karen Newark (predeceased by son-in-law Michael), Kim Dutfield (Shelley Strong) and Brenda Freeman (Jeff), his eight grandchildren: Kathryn, Hillary, Graeme, Hannah, Max, Kurt, Lars, and Kindred were a source of pride to him. Hopefully as the years pass, some of his life lessons will be incorporated into their lives. He is also survived by a brother Tom (Pam), and numerous cousins, nephews and friends. May God bless them all!

A special thanks goes out to the wonderful nurses and doctors, care aids and the volunteers from Hospice House in the Palliative Unit for their exemplary care they lovingly provided.

A Celebration of Leon’s life will be held Tuesday August 4, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Avenue, Nanaimo, BC.

Donations to Colorectal Cancer Research would be appreciated.

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