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Memorable Manitobans: William Henry Clarence Leech (1874-1938)


Born at Sutherland, Ontario on 25 December 1874, he graduated (BA, 1898) from Victoria College in Toronto and soon after briefly came to Manitoba as student minister before returning to Toronto. He returned to Manitoba and performed pastoral duties at Swan Lake, Wawanesa, Miami, Newdale, Cardale (1915-1919), Stonewall (?-1922), and Rosedale Methodist Church (1922-1927) and Gordon Methodist Church / Gordon United Church (1927-1938). He resigned his charge in June 1938 on account of ill health. He served as Chairman of the Winnipeg Presbytery (1922), Secretary of the Church Home for Girls for many years, and was a member of the IOOF. He and his wife Hannah Elizabeth Beal (1877-1946) resided at 925 Sherburn Street and had five children: Isabelle Leech (1905-?), Mary Norma Beal Leech (1906-?, wife of David Mackay), Edith Leech (1909-?, wife of R. J. Cookshanks), George Clarence Leech (1911-?), and Wilma Marjorie Leech (1914-?). He died at Winnipeg on 2 December 1938 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.


Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Pastor welcomed,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 September 1922, page 7.

“Invited for third year,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 March 1924, page 46.

“Rosedale United Church bids farewell to Pastor,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 June 1927, page 12.

“Mackay - Leech,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 August 1930, page 11.

“Prof. G. B. King heads Presbytery,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1938, page 7.

“Rev. W. H. Leech dies suddenly,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 December 1938, page 3.

“Retired Minister succumbs,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1938, page 1.

“Many attend Leech funeral,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 December 1938, page 4.

“Obituary [Mrs. W. H. C. Leech],” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1946, page 22.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 7 July 2019

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