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Leatherdale last slide copyOn Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Carman Memorial Hospital, Howard James Leatherdale, aged 84, peacefully went to his eternal rest with family by his side.

Dad leaves to mourn his passing his three daughters:  Sherry (Scott) Walters and children, Colton, Cordell and Camilynne; Judy Elliott and sons, Michael and Matthew; and Cathy Rouire and daughters, Melanie and Nicole.  He is predeceased by his wife, Ruby; parents, James and Lillian; two brothers, Orville (Ruth) and Ross (Patricia); and son-in-law, Rheal.

Dad grew up in the Rosebank area and attended Agar school before pursuing his dream of farming.  He married the love of his life, Ruby (Vigen) Leatherdale, on June 30, 1962, and resided on a farm west of Rosebank where they raised their three girls.

Dad was a dedicated farmer.  Well-fed animals with shiny coats and straight-rowed crops were a sense of pride and accomplishment. 

His love of horses became a family affair.  He eagerly provided our riding prospects and introduced us to 4-H.  Dad was a proud 4-H leader of the Graysville 4-H Light Horse and Pony Club for 18 years.  He served on District, Regional and Provincial 4-H Councils as well as being involved with many other horse organizations.  Dad loved to curl and was a Director of the Miami Agricultural Society for many years.  He was also a faithful member of the United Church of Canada. 

Dad and Mom retired to Carman in 2001 where they became involved with the Carman Active Living Centre enjoying various activities including shuffleboard. He loved playing cards with neighbours and friends and keeping active in the local men’s curling league.  Their yard flourished with lush lawns, flower beds and vegetable gardens. 

Dad was devoted to his wife and family.  He had a generous nature, always willing to lend a helping hand.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Boyne Lodge and Carman Memorial hospital for his care.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Howard’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10 – 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg MB R3C 4G2.