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John Farquharson "Jack" Leonard
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Birth: Mar. 10, 1881
London
City of London
Greater London, England
Death: May 10, 1967
Langley
Greater Vancouver Regional District
British Columbia, Canada

LARGE FUNERAL FOR LOCAL COMPOSER
One of the most brilliant minds in Langley has ceased to be. "Pop" Leonard died in Shaughnessy Military Hospital on Wednesday last week May 10th.

John Farquaharson Leonard was in his 87th year. He had a renowned reputation as a composer of high school operettas and had served as a remarkable example to people in the community of how to live a useful and interesting life in spite of the most serious difficulties.

J.F. Leonard was born in Fulham, London, England, in 1881 and educated at Croydon Grammar School. He came to Canada and Salmon Arm in 1899. He served overseas in World War I as a drum major in the 172nd Battalion. After returning from overseas and before coming to Langley in 1937, Mr. Leonard was poultry farming at Vedder and then teaching industrial arts at Cloverdale.

He had been a Legion member since its inception, was a member of the Masonic Order for 57 years, and had been a member of Langley Teacher's Association.

For eight years he was an industrial arts teacher in Langley schools until crippling arthritis forced his retirement. His interest then turned to music in which he had done some arranging, composing and instruction. He was dedicated to the idea of organizing orchestral groups and was advocating work in this line right up to the time of his death. The major group which he formed in Langley was the Langley Lions' Orchestra. This was followed by high school bands and other community groups.

He wrote a total of five operettas, "Maids of Hamlin," "Bow Bells," "The Girl of the Bandolier," "The Rajah of Singh," and "Fort Langley." The operettas have been produced by groups throughout Canada and the United States, and some of the turns, notably "British Columbia," have been accepted on a wide scale.

As the arthritis progressed "Pop" Leonard turned to various hobbies, writing music when he could, building model engines, designing and building mechanics to ease his labours about the house to which he was confined, counselling young people and promoting musical interests in the community.

Recently Mr. Leonard had both his legs amputated - a move which saved him much discomfort.

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John Farquaharson Leonard was a renowned composer of high school operattas. He served as a remarkable example to people in the community of how to live a useful and interesting life in spite of the most serious difficulties.

JF Leonard was born in Fulham, London, England and educated at Croydon Grammer School. He came to Canada and Salmon Arm in 1899. He served overseas in World War I as a drum major in the 172nd Battalion. After returning from overseas and before coming to Langley in 1937, Mr. Leonard was a poultry farmer at Vedder and taught industrial arts at Cloverdale.

His death is survived by his wife, Isobella [Carter]; five brothers, Reginald, Harry, Bill, Ray and Hal; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Parker and Mrs. Marjorie Fulmer; several nieces and nephews. His funeral service was on Saturday afternoon, May 13th, at two o'clock in St. Andrew's Anglican Church with Rev. R. J. Maggs officiating. Arrangements were made by Langley Funeral Home and interment was in Fort Langley Cemetery.

Langley Branch No. 21, Royal Canadian Legion, provided an honour guard of six members and the honorary pallbearers were Frank Dick, Bill Mattick, Sherwood Robinson, Doug Nott and Allan Wilson. Active pallbearers were Jim Clark, Neville Curtis, John Cuthbert, Leonard Parker, Bernard Parker, and Leonard Woods. 
 
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 Parents:
  William Valentine Leonard (1853 - 1934)
 
 Siblings:
  John Farquharson Leonard (1881 - 1967)
  Reginald William Leonard (1891 - 1981)*
  William Robert Leonard (1896 - 1975)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fort Langley Cemetery
Fort Langley
Greater Vancouver Regional District
British Columbia, Canada
 
Created by: LynWilson51
Record added: Dec 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63018247
John Farquharson Jack Leonard
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John Farquharson Jack Leonard
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