David Nathaniel Leonard

March 4, 2020 14 Condolences Print Obituary

1960 - 2020

David Nathaniel Leonard, age 59, passed away Sunday evening, March 1, 2020 in the love and comfort of his home. His one-year battle with pancreatic cancer ended peacefully and he spent his last days surrounded by family.

Dave walked closely with the Lord and his faith was unwavering right until the end. He prioritized his family and was deeply respected and cherished by them. Dave was always wearing a quiet smile and looking for ways to help others, truly generous with his time and talents. Many cars were resurrected and rescue missions completed for his family and friends. Dave showed his dedication with a 36-year career driving for Praxair and was an example of humility, kindness and strength.  He was wise, gentle natured, easy going and loving above all else. When asked, Dave said his greatest accomplishment was his family and he spent as much time as possible surrounded with the noise, chaos, laughter and love that always filled his home.

Dave is survived by his loving wife Dana of 37 years, along with four children; Sarah and Joseph Ganczar (grandchildren Jolene and Ryan), Erin and Jordan Strohschein (grandchildren Carter, Deacon and Kenley), Lindsey Leonard, and Luke Leonard (fiancée Shauna Hennig and grand-daughter Dallas). His many siblings; Esther (Brian) Boone, Dan, Ruth (Ken) Vandervoet, Marc (Kathy), Martha, Becky, Tim (Linda) Leonard.  His in-laws: John and Helen Cybruch, Tracy Lees, Angie (James) Morrill, Rachel (Brad) Goulding and more beloved nieces and nephews then unfortunately can be listed. Well deserving of mention is our gentle-hearted friend Pauline Brown, who spent hours at his bedside along with Tracy Lees helping attend to Dave’s needs towards the end of his life. Dave was predeceased by his parents Marcel and Betty and what a joyous reunion they must be having now. Dave was a devoted son, brother, father, husband, grandfather and friend.

Visitation will be held at Trinity Funeral Home (10530 – 116 Street, Edmonton, AB) Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 6 pm – 8 pm.  A Celebration of Dave’s life will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Life Church (formerly known as Evangel Pentecostal Assembly) located at 4461 – 50 Street, Edmonton, Alberta.

  1. Condolences from Ed and I. Our prayers are with all the family and friends. Dave was such a special man!!

    • Tim & Linda (as well as Tim’s entire family)
      Our Thoughts are with the entire Leonard Family during this time of ❤️ Heart break. We send to you many blessings from our Heavenly Father who resides in us and beside each of us who believes. Our prayers are sincere and sent with the power of the Holy Spirit to give each of you that tender kiss on your forehead. All we can say is we know that you know who holds our hands in times of need and that you will look to Him for the comfort you need. May you also find comfort in one another. Only Through Christ we know that we have our being
      At this time we ask for God’s blessings on each of you, may you feel His presence so great that it would send shivers down your spine
      ‘ COUNT YOUR EVERY
      BLESSING!! ‘

  2. So well written! Thankyou 💝

  3. Heaven is certainly Rich today as Dave joins the communion of saints.
    He will be remembered in our hearts forever.

  4. This sweet, caring, and gentle man will be missed.
    Gery & I send our deepest condolences to you, Dana & to the whole family. Keeping you all in our prayers.
    See you in heaven, Dave!!

  5. What a beautiful tribute to my brother & Kens’brother in law!!
    He was soooo passionate and caring for his family and others!
    Lot of celebrating in heaven going on!

  6. Leonard Family, I will never forget how Mr Leonard would happily drive all of us rowdy junior high students to youth group on a regular basis – he truly had such a kind and generous heart. I am so sorry for your loss and know that my family is lifting you all up in prayer that you feel comfort during this difficult time.

  7. My Condolences to the Leonard Family Dave was a friend and coworker lots of great memories. RIP my friend.

  8. I have many memories of Dave ever since he entered our lives so long ago..as does James also. How they loved to talk about their shared interests. Dave’s devotion to God and his family were primary, and the kindness he showed to others will not be forgotten. We will miss Dave so much, but look forward to our reunion in our eternal home! Pure and endless joy! We know that the Father will hold you all in His loving arms, and will fill you with an abundance of comfort, peace and strength!

  9. Our condolences Tim and Linda and all family and friends,sounds like Dave was a awesome person.what great memories he created with his life.🙏

    • My condolences to the Leonard family .We were sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He will be missed by many.

  10. So sorry for your loss. I’m Esther’s friend & have prayed for Dave this past year as he bravely walked through his illness. Praying for your entire family as you navigate through the days, weeks & months ahead. Lean into God – He will be there.

  11. Dana, Sarah, Erin, Lindsey and Luke,

    As life rolls into almost 1 year since your dear father went to be with the Lord, my heart is reminded to pray for you all and encourage you as this “first” is crossed. My heart goes out to you all, especially you Dana, my dear sister. His promises are true.
    Psalm 56:1 “You have collected all my tears in a bottle.” He sees, He knows, He loves you all. They that wait upon the Lord He will renew your strength – strength to carry on down here without him comforted by memories and family times together.

  12. It has been one year since Dave entered into glory. I honestly do not have the words to express to Dana, and his children..all that is in my heart for and to them..because I cannot even imagine how their grief feels like. Yes…I have known grief of losing brothers etc…but..not a husband, or a father that they were so very close to. To all of you….you’re ALL in our hearts and thoughts and prayers. We love you all..and..we never forget Dave! We look forward to the day when we will see him again!

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