Township of Chapleau

Obituary: Leo Vezina

Posted: Jan 16, 2023
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VEZINA, Leo Benjamin - At the age of 85 years, of Chapleau, ON, passed away on Tuesday January 10th, 2023 in Chapleau.

Leo was born in Chapleau to Herbert Vezina and Marguerite Dumontelle on July 21st, 1937. After attending Chapleau High School, he went on to earn a diploma in Industrial and Automation Electronics from the Radio College of Canada. For a number of years, Leo sold and repaired televisions in Chapleau and was responsible for maintaining the local radio and CFCL (Shawmeer) towers.                                                       
Leo worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) for almost 40 years.  He started as a member of the “Ice Gang,” progressed to the position of fireman (including on steam engines), and finished his long career as a Locomotive Engineer. He served his fellow railroaders as president of Local 319 of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Like so many other engaged Chapleau parents, he spent countless hours shuttling his kids (and others’) to hockey games, figure skating practices, school events, scouting, and other activities within and outside of Chapleau. He was an active member of his community; at various times, Leo served as president of the local association of Inclusion Canada; was an avid member of the Kebsquashishing Choristers; was the president of the Kettle Lake Cottagers Association; and was a member in good standing of the Seven Mile Lake Office Hours.                                                                                                                  
Leo is survived by his wife Joyce (nee Tanner), children: Chris (Cindy), Jennifer (Howard), Debra and Darryl (Kathleen); grandchildren Mckay & Riley, Bronwyn & Chloe and Paige & Spencer.                            
A Celebration of Life and internment will be held at a later date.                                                                   
Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. 

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