LEONTOWICH - Fredrick Theodore Leontowich was born January 20, 1918 in Jasmin, Sask to Wasyl and Catherine (Juswa) Leontowich. He was raised on the family farm with his 8 siblings. In 1942 he married Sophie Konarski and shortly after he enlisted in the army and served from 1942 to 1946. He never saw action overseas but was a test subject of the Chemical Weapons Program. He received recognition of his service in February 2004 by receiving the following Certificate of Appreciation presented to him by the Department of National Defence " In the darkest days of the worldwide struggle against the Axis powers, Canada took the lead in countering the potential use, by those enemy countries, of chemical warfare agents. From 1941 to 1945, the battle to provide effective defence against such weapons of mass destruction was conducted at both the Experimental Station in Suffield, Alberta and the Chemical Warfare Laboratories in Ottawa, where military personnel participated in many hazardous and secret trials. The results of their efforts provided the foundation for the Allies, chemical agent countermeasures, but, as a consequence of the secrecy required, the contributions made by these members to the defence of Canada and the victory of the United Nations could not be acknowledged. After 1945 Canada's national security required continued, unheralded participation by volunteers in the chemical warfare agent tests. The collective service of all these participants was significant, and while their efforts were unknown in the past, their duty was, by every measure, exceptional, and was gratefully recognized by the Government of Canada on 19 February 2004." Upon being discharged from the army he came home to farm on what is now Peter Marshall's farm until 1954 when in partnership with his brother-in- law Joe Brunner bought Jobson's garage on Main Street and opened a Massey Harris/Chrysler dealership. The garage business continued until April 2017. Fred especially loved attending coffee row regularly with his cousin Billy and the crew. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his children and grandchildren. Dad died peacefully the evening of June 11, 2019. Dad enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren and his eyes would light up when he saw them. He always said he had a big family and at times couldn't remember everyone's name. Fred is survived by his six children: Richard Leontowich of Qualicum, BC and grandsons Jeff (Heather) and great granddaughter Georgie of Calgary and Kent (Ashley) of Qualicum, BC; Carol (Terry) Korchinski of Ituna, and granddaughters Marney (Joe) Jobin Mound City, SD, Becky (Jeff) Karkut great grandson Will and great granddaughter Katy of Strathmore, AB; and granddaughter, Amanda Korchinski of Grand Forks, BC; Eileen (Paul-Emile) L'Heureux of White Fox and grandsons Michel (Jessika) and great granddaughter Sofia and great grandson Niklas of Calgary, and Conrad (Allycia) great grandsons Dylan and Joseph of Macklin, SK; Donald (Nancy) Leontowich of Ituna, granddaughters Leslie (Ryan) Bulych great granddaughters Grace and Ella of Ituna, Lindsey (Chris) Palmer great grandsons Cohen and Grayson of Castlegar, BC, Lanjell (Daric) Manz of Regina, SK and great granddaughters Norah and Charlee. Lucinda (Cory) of Regina; Glenn (Shelley) Leontowich of Ituna, granddaughter Elisa and great granddaughters Ava and Aubree of Melville, Grandson Adam (Rachelle)Leontowich of Saskatoon; Duane (Leslie) Leontowich of Airdrie, AB granddaughter Sarah (Dave) of Airdrie and grandson Luke of Lethbridge, AB. Fred was predeceased by his wife Sophie, daughter-in-law Georgean, granddaughter Tamara and all his siblings. Prayers were held on Sunday evening , June 16th 2019 and the Requiem Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Monday morn9ing, June 17th, all from Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ituna with Rev. Fr. Basil Malowany as Celebrant. Crossbearer was Becky Karkut, the Epistle-readers were Leslie Bulych and Elisa Leontowich. Cantors were Ladmer Moskal and Wayne Boczulak. The interment took place in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery with Marnie Jobin, Adam, Luke, Lucinda and Sarah Leontowich, Lindsey Palmer, Lanjell Manz and Amanda Korchinski serving as the casketbearers. Condolences can be left at baileysfuneralhome.com
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