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It is with profound sadness to announce the passing of Leland Alexander Leander. Leland passed away surrounded by family on Sunday March 19, 2023 at the age of 93. He was the oldest brother to the late Gretna, Mervyn and Mary and predeceased by his wife, Yvonne and daughter, Leila. Leland leaves behind his daughters, Lilian and Yvette, son-in-law Norman, his grandchildren Michael, Tameka (Andre), Nathan, Damien, Nelson, Matthew, Felysha and Jenelle, his great-grandchildren, Tiona, Peyton, Kamane, Jaylen, his brother-in-laws Neville, Joseph and Felix (Esme), his many nephews, nieces, cousins and family friends. Predeceased by his siblings Gretna, Mary & Mervyn and in-laws Geraldine, Horace, Allan, Oswald, Patrick and Sheila)
Leland Leander was born on January 27, 1930, in Georgetown, Guyana to the late Felix and Lenora Leander. He attended private and public school, getting promoted to scholarship class then graduating from high school. While waiting for the senior Cambridge entrance results he started working as a copy editor for the editorial department for the Daily Argosy Newspaper, then later working for the Daily Chronicle Newspaper. Leland has many talents, performing in plays by William Shakespeare and others, receiving many awards and recommendations for these performances. He was a chorister in the Cathedral Choir at St. Georges Anglican church (one of the tallest wooden churches in the world) and performed as a soloist from a child until his last performance at his 90th birthday.
Leland met the love of his life at the Cathedral where she was a Sunday School teacher, and they later married in 1957. Leland and Yvonne immigrated to London, England, welcoming their daughters Leila and Lilian. Leland was employed with British Rail until he moved to Canada in 1970 where he became employed by CN Railway, where he worked until his retirement in 1995. Leland and Yvonne moved to Canada, reuniting them with Yvonne’s siblings and welcoming their daughter, Yvette.
Leland’s talents extended from his artistic abilities of painting and drawing to his ability to repair cars, bicycles and electronics. Leland loved all types of music and he provided the music as a performer, dancer or as a DJ for many occasions. He shared this love for music with his wife, daughters, his many nieces, and nephews, and with all of his grandchildren.
Leland’s love for family was felt by everyone. His calm demeanor, faithfulness and dedication is something that built a strong sense of family at every occasion and for those who were privileged to be around him. He enjoyed reading, he was always up for a good debate on any topic and thoroughly enjoyed ice cream. If you knew him, you knew what love felt like and you were always treated like family. He will be sorely missed.
Visitation will be held on Friday March 31, 2023 3-5pm; 6-9pm.The funeral will be held on Saturday April 1st, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Those who are unable to join in person to honour his life and legacy can watch the service via life stream.
Donations in memory of Leland can be made to St Mary & St Martha's Anglican Church, music ministry or to the Sunnybrook Foundation Dementia research:
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