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Maryse Leitch

January 6, 2022

Passed away peacefully, at the age of 83, on January 6, 2022 at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care in London, Ontario, after a protracted struggle with Multiple Systems Atrophy.

Maryse was born Maryse Paula MacLeod on January 17, 1938, in Mabou, Cape Breton. She spent her adult life in London, Ontario, where she raised her family, had a long and productive career in medical records at CPRI, and was very active in her retirement. A lifelong learner, Maryse completed an undergraduate degree in Administration and Communications at King’s College UWO in her retirement, and she was a prominent board member of the Palace Theatre in London. In 2011, a meeting room/rehearsal hall at the Palace Theatre was named in her honour. The following year, Maryse received the Mayor’s New Years Honours award in Arts & Culture for her efforts at promoting local theatre.

Maryse was predeceased by her oldest son, Ernest Leitch, and is survived by her son Stuart Leitch and daughter-in-law Irma Leitch, her son Roderick Leitch and daughter-in-law Sara Devanney, and by her two grandsons, Marshall Dillon Leitch and Henry Leitch. She will be sorely missed.

Due to Covid 19, the family has decided not to hold a memorial service at this time. In lieu of flowers, we would like to suggest donations be made to the Palace Theatre. 

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I was so sad to hear of Maryse's passing. My heart is with you all during this difficult time. I knew Maryse through London Community Players and the Palace Theatre. I always loved seeing her smiling face at the theatre and had so many lovely chats. I will really miss seeing her there.

~ Ruth Korchuk

I want to send my deepest sympathies to Maryse's family. She was a mentor for me in Health Records when I started working in London. We were on the Education committee for Ontario and made many trips to Toronto for meetings. Learned so much from her and valued the wisdom she shared. She will be missed.

~ Audrey Baldwin

We are so sorry to hear of Maryse's passing. Though it has been years since we have seen each other, we have fond memories of being friends and neighbours in Berkshire Village. Our deepest sympathies to the family.

~ Barbara van Hagen(Vachon), Darrell, Steve and Greg Vachon

We wish to express our condolences to Stewart and Irma, Rory and Sara for their loss of a cherished mother and mother-in-law, and to Marshall and Henry for the the passing of a beloved grandmother who was so proud of them. We share their loss and we will miss Maryse’s presence in our own lives, although we have had too few opportunities, because of distance and our work lives abroad, to spend time with her. The time we did have, at Sara and Rory’s beautiful wedding in London, and when she visited them in Halifax, is precious. We know how much our daughter Sara loved her and valued her advice and we know how much Maryse loved her (and our) grandson Henry. Maryse had a full and productive life, including voluntary community work, which her family and friends can be proud of.

~ Louanne and Burris Devanney

In her many years at CPRI, Maryse demonstrated the highest level of dedication to insure that the complex clinical records of the children and adolescents were complete. Many a professional were the objects of her brief cautionary notes of the absence of vital information. She was highly aware of the need for internal and external communication so that the clinical needs of these children were met. Rest in peace, Maryse, knowing that you succeeded in helping thousands of children.

~ Dr. Benjamin Goldberg

Dear family of Mary’s, I am very sorry to hear of Maryse’s passing. I first met Maryse at the Good Life Fitness club at the Berkshire site in 2000 just after we both retired from careers in health care., Maryse loved her family dearly and often spoke of their accomplishments with pride. Her other love was the Palace theatre and was instrumental in promoting community theatre., My sincere condolences to her family

~ Eunice Anderson

Dear Rory: So sorry to hear of your Mum's passing. I have known her a long time, and she volunteered for me at the Children's Museum when I worked there from 2000 to 2003 before I retired. I sent her obit to Andy, as I know you and he were good friends at one time. I did not know that you also lost an older brother earlier, and I'm sorry about that. My condolences at this time of grief. Sheila Martindale

~ Sheila Martindale

We knew Maryse through London Community Players and the Palace Theatre. Maryse made a huge contribution to the theatre, using her formidable admin skills for the benefit of the theatre group and helping us through the whole process of running a live theatre. She also found the time to work backstage and was known to so many members of the group. She will be remembered by so many with affection and respect. Our condolences to her family - we share your loss.

~ Sue and Dave Perkins

As the current chair of the Board of Directors at the Palace Theatre, I wish to express our condolences and grief at the passing of Maryse. She was a keen advocate for community theatre, and a mentor to many of us. She will always be remembered and sadly missed.

~ Kelli Gough

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