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Ewart Leask

July 21, 1929 - June 11, 2018

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Service Date: June 21, 2018

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Passed away at Hospice Simcoe, Barrie on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the age of 88. Beloved husband to Clara for 62 years. Cherished father to Margaret (John) Cosgrave, Jim (Andrea) Leask, Laura (Randy) Bowes, and Ellen (late Vaughn) Becker. Loving grandfather of Heather, Philip (Kayleigh), Matthew, Alexandra, Justin, Dan, Kameron, Tracey, Ian, Dennis, Karen, Marjorie, Robert, and great grandfather of Callum. Dear brother of Eunice (late Allan) Stocks. Friends may call at ADAMS FUNERAL HOME 445 St. Vincent Street, Barrie on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at NORTHWEST BARRIE UNITED CHURCH 464 Ferndale Drive North, Barrie on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 11 o’clock a.m. Private family interment later at Oshawa Union Cemetery. Memorial donations to Hospice Simcoe or Northwest Barrie United Church would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be forwarded through adamsfuneralhome.ca

Ewart was born on July 21, 1929 and was the fifth generation, and last, to farm the lands of Lowland Cottage near Solina.
His education started at Bradley School, a one- room schoolhouse, a trip that was uphill against the wind – both ways. Transportation to school was often by foot, occasionally bike or horseback. High school was at Oshawa Collegiate and he was able to get his driver’s license early, at age 15, to be able to drive other students to school. Airplanes always fascinated Ewart; he earned his private pilot’s license in 1951 and recreationally flew single engine planes for about 5 years. Ewart met Clara Marlow while he was attending Kemptville Agricultural School, and they were married shortly after his graduation. School was a theme in Ewart’s life: after he gave up farming in 1964, the family, which now included four young children, moved to Barrie where Ewart taught technical subjects to special education students for 23 years.
He has said the best day of his life was October 1, 1955 the day he married Clara. Every anniversary, he added another red silk rose to her collection.
Ewart had a love of nature. He purchased a cottage lot near Burks Falls in 1967, Canada’s Centennial year. Summers were spent at the cottage with children, and grandchildren, for over 50 years. Ewart loved listening to the loons calling and watching the birds. He marveled at the night sky and contemplated the uncertainty of whether or not we are alone in this universe.
Ewart was a story-teller and public speaking was fun for him. He liked bad puns and writing poetry, mostly limericks. His annual Christmas letter, written in the style of The Night Before Christmas, was sent to more than 150 friends, family members, extended family found through the Leask Clan Society and people he met during his many travels. Genealogy was a passion in his retirement years: in 2004, he self-published Leask Lines, a 400-page family genealogy book spanning ten generations. Always a writer, he kept a little black book in his shirt pocket to make note of a wine he liked, a bird he spotted, a book or restaurant recommendation, or any other bit of information he wanted to remember.
Ewart passed away, peacefully, on June 11, 2018 with Clara, his life partner for more than 62 years, by his side.