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Leeming, CP01 Matthew Rowen (Matt)

January 3, 1935 - November 16, 2019

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Matthew Rowen Leeming,(Matt) born January 3, 1935, in Burnley, Lancashire, England, the only son of Hilda and Matthew Leeming.

Surrounded by his family, Matt ”passed the bar” quietly in his sleep on November 16, 2019.

Matt survived the Blitz with his parents in Kingston-on-Thames. He wanted to see the world and immigrated to Canada at the age of 21.He worked in a uranium mine in Elliot Lake Ontario and then moved to Vancouver. He enlisted in the navy at HMCS Discovery. After training in Cornwallis he was posted to HMS Skeena in Esquimalt. He met Edie in 1958 and they married May 2, 1959 and they had four lovely children who he cherished with all his heart and soul.

He subsequently was drafted to Submarines and was attached to the British Navy and did his training in Gosport, England.  He was on the commissioning crew of the H.M.C.S. Ojibwa.  He loved his years in submarines. He was a true submariner.  He returned to General Service and advanced to Chief Petty Officer, First Class.

One of his accomplishments that he was most proud of was his long distance running taking part in the first ever Victoria Marathon with his buddy Dwight Grieve.  In 1985, Matt, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary year of the Canadian Navy,  participated and completed the “Sea to Sea Run” from Halifax to Esquimalt. His fellow Chiefs in this epic run were:  Late Gordie Ball, Bill Mackie, Dwight Grieve and Dave Coughlin and Late Lieutenant Commander Gordie Jones. They completed this relay in 45 days. He also ran several marathons in Victoria, Seattle and Vancouver.

One of his last postings was as coxswain of the HMCS Ship Restigouche. He often said he loved every minute of his career in the navy. He served over 34 years in the Navy.

On retirement he and Edie moved to Duncan and used their home as a base while he continued jogging, travelling and showing Edie the world. He also loved boating, golfing, hunting with his sons and fishing. He looked forward to his annual moose hunting trips with Richard and David.

He was predeceased by both his parents, a stepfather and half-brother, as well as his treasured aunts and uncles, especially his uncle, Jim Birney.

He leaves to mourn his wife Edie, sons Richard and David, daughters Sandra (Stephen) and Jacqueline (Dave). Also his treasured grandchildren, Melissa (Phil), Paul, Keri, Jack, Derek and Rachel. Also, his little great grandchildren, Mackenzie, Khloe, Kaylee and Odin.

A huge thank you to Dr. Fitzgerald, Dr. McGee, Dr. Masuda, Dr. Rossouw, Homecare Community Nursing, Homecare Support and all other involved VIHA staff. We are grateful as a family for all the professional and caring medical assistance you provided for Matt.

He asked that his ashes be spread in the Straits of Juan de Fuca off Race Rocks. A private service will be held at a later date to honour his request.

No flowers by request. If you feel inclined, please make a donation to the Cowichan District Hospital or the Cancer Society, or charity of your choice.

What a life! What a man! A true gentleman!

Fair winds and following seas.

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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: margaret Thompson
Relation: Family friend

Dear Edie and FAMILY
Craig and I are so sad to hear of Matt’s passing. So thankful you had your children with you to help with these last few weeks. Sending our love from the east
With deepest sympathy Margie and Craig

From: Al and Martina, Shad Bay NS

So sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences. Thinking of you during these difficult days. Xoxoxo

From: Rosey Kiley
Relation: Family friend

Dear Edie and family
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
My sincere condolences .
Love Rosemarie..xoxo

From: Earl Kiley
Relation: Family friend

A heartful condolence from Earl and Janet , was glad to see you last spring !

From: Bill & Michele McGrath
Relation: Friend

To Sandra, Edie and family…so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time and forward. So nice to have met Matt and spent time with him. Love, Billy & Michele

From: Bill & Michele McGrath
Relation: Friend

To Sandra, Edie and family…so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time and forward. So nice to have met Matt and spent time with him. Love, Billy & Michele

From: Ron & Arlene Willick
Relation: Friend

Thinking of you and your family Eddie. Sending hugs and love to you and your families. We had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful kind man! Love

From: Anne Hickling & Tom Coxworthy
Relation: Friend

Sandra and Family, so sorry to hear of your loss; our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Cheryl Hourie
Relation: Matt was a very good friend of my family.

A True Gentleman
Rest in Peace now Matt. You will be so missed by all of us who knew and loved You.
Edie my condolences to YOU and your family xoxoxo

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
November 22, 2019
Beginning at 1:00pm

Location:
H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre
5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L6W3

5285 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC Canada V9L6W3

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