Sydney Wade (Pat) Leightizer B.Sc. (Acadia), M. Ed. (University of Windsor), passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 18th, 2012, at St. Andrews Terrace, Cambridge, after a long illness. He was in his 89th year.
Pat was the much loved father and father-in–law of Audrey and Ron Vrooman of Waterloo, Ontario, with whom he lived for most of his later years.
Pat will be missed by his son Brooke and daughter-in-law Nelly Leightizer of Iroquois, Ontario, and daughter Vicki and son-in-law Colin Hine of Ottawa Ontario. He is also survived by sisters Patricia of Elliot Lake, Ontario and Joyce of Edmonton Alberta, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Josephine (nee Morrison) Leightizer of Prince Edward Island; sisters Mary, Connie, Rae, Nell and Bette; and brothers George, Jack, Jim and Karl.
Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Pat was a World War II veteran who served as a Flying Officer with the RCAF, stationed in Scotland and Ireland.
Following the war, Pat returned to complete his education, then joined the Canadian Forces (Army). He was a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons for 10 years, serving in Germany with the NATO Occupation Forces in 1951.
After his retirement from the army, Pat pursued his true calling as an educator. He was an admired and respected teacher who taught at Morrisburg High School, Woodstock High School and then joined the Essex County School Board. After serving at several schools in Essex County, he retired in 1982 as Principal, Essex District High School.
In retirement, Pat was an avid and accomplished woodworker and his family has many of his beautiful works to help keep his memory alive in our hearts.
Following Pat’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation or service. A private family celebration of Pat’s life will be held and he will return to rest in his birthplace.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S. Waterloo.