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Denis Leonard

April 29, 1942 ~ March 17, 2021 (age 78)


In Loving Memory of
Mr. Denis Léonard
April 29, 1942 – March 17, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Denis Leonard, 78, on Wednesday March 17th, 2021 at the Lady Minto Hospital in Cochrane. Despite his remarkable perseverance and courageous battle with cancer, Denis passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

Affectionately known by so many as, Papa Bear, Denis was born in Timmins Ont.  Later, in 1968 he settled in Cochrane and became an instrumental member of the community for 53 years. He provided ambulance services and provided first aid and CPR instruction for over a combined 50 years. Constantly volunteering his time and helping others, Denis was a driving force behind countless charities and community organizations including the Polar Bear Riders, the Lions and Richelieu Clubs and most recently the Cochrane Classic Vintage Snowmobile Club.  Denis was recognized as volunteer of the year by the OFSC and Richelieu Club for his contributions.

Denis was an avid snowmobiler, golfer and fisherman. Family and friends will forever miss his quick wit and comedic storytelling. 

Denis will be dearly missed by his wife Shirley (Anderson), his children Gary (Leanne), Dan (Christine), Michel (Theresa) and Lise.

Denis was the proud Papa of Jordan (Jesse), Jessey (Kaitlin), Theresa, Jamie, Zachary and Denver and proud Great Papa of four.

He is survived by his siblings Helen Leonard, Claire (nee Leonard) Quinn, Daniel Leonard (Suzane), his brothers and sister in law, Lou and Betty Girard and Gary Anderson (Roza) along with numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Predeceased by his parents Romain and Lucille (nee Morel) Léonard and sister, Carole (nee Leonard) Lampron.

As per Denis’ wishes, there will be no funeral service

Any memorial donations can be made to the Lady Minto Chemotherapy room,  c/o The Vintage Snowmobile Club. Cheques can be sent to 285 Third Avenue Cochrane Ont P0L 1C0 and made out to the "Cochrane Classic Vintage Riders,"  If you wish to send online condolences to his family, to share your memories or pictures, visit


Funeral Arrangements entrusted to:
Maison Funéraire Génier Gauthier Funeral Home
70 – 7th, Ave South, Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0 
(705) 272-5726






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Lady Minto Hospital
241- 8th Street, Cochrane ON P0L 1C0
Tel: 1-705-272-7200

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