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Gordon Alexander (Gord) LEECH

Beloved father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law, uncle, in addition to other relatives and numerous friends, transitioned peacefully at Trenton Memorial Hospital on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at the age of 90. Gord was born in Russell, Manitoba on October 16, 1933, and spent his childhood in different parts of Western Canada, most notably in Maple Ridge, BC with his five brothers and one sister. Siblings that have passed before him are Larry, Ron, Bill, Raymond, and his beloved sister Donna. Gord’s Uncle Ernie was a talented saxophone and clarinet player in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) big band in St. Thomas, Ontario at the famous Stork Club. In 1946 he was teaching music in Glenavon, Saskatchewan, Gord’s father signed him up for trumpet lessons, Ernie inspired a deep love of music as well as a strong practice routine in young Gordy. In 1950 Gord joined the RCAF, becoming a telecom technician stationed in Goose Bay, Labrador. This is where he met Edna (Eddie) Gallant, marrying her in 1956 while they were both stationed at 2F Wing base in Grostenquin, France, part of the NATO effort during the Cold War. While in Europe Gord continued to play trumpet with a small group of musicians on the base and in surrounding villages. He was also part of a military band called the “division airs” which entertained throughout the Netherlands, France, Italy and Germany, he continued with his music on returning to Canada, eventually settling in Trenton, Ontario when he left the service in 1963. Gord and Eddie divorced after 10 years of marriage but remained close, his next chapter took him into the service industry managing various hospitality venues in the Quinte West area, most notably Copperfields in both Trenton and Belleville. Gordon is survived by his brother Wayne Leech (Joy), his daughter Margo Fagan (Fred), his son Shane Leech, and Jason Kenny, granddaughter Stephanie Drouin (Scott), grandson Tyler Fagan, great-granddaughters Ella, Luana, and Naomi Drouin. There are also a great many cousins, nieces, and nephews in Western Canada as well as in Ontario and Connecticut. Of special note are Gord’s friends of many years in the Quinte West area in particular Jennifer Cox, Lanny Huff, and Donna Hannah. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Maple Manor in Belleville and the Trenton Hospital staff that provided care for Gord. A “Celebration of Life” will take place for Gord at Vic’s Place in Belleville from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2024. Donations may be made in his memory to the Canadian Cancer Society and Veterans Affairs Canada. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Rushnell Funeral Home, 60 Division Street, Trenton (613-392-2111). To leave a condolence or to share memories of Gordon, please visit rushnellfuneralhomes.com

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