Sunday, March 14, 2010

We say good bye to a very generous man.

Jack is Eddie's cousin Suzanne's Huband.  He has been a part of Eddies life since Eddie was a child.  Eddie considered him as a big brother and has alot of fond memories with him.

Jack was a generous, kind man who opened his home to many people, especially in the season of Christmas.  He was a very proud supporter of our annual CIBC Run for the Cure Campaign.   A member of our family,  a man who will be missed very much.

Taken from the Citizen:

PRIOR, (Jack) John Leonard On Saturday, March 13th, 2010 at age 68 years at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Beloved husband of Susan (nee Berry), loving father of James, Bonnie Keefer (Mike), Rob (Yvonne Burton) and Michael. Devoted Poppa, Grand Papa of Cole, Ashley and Brooke; Simone; and Andrew. Cherished son-in-law of Marjorie Berry and brother-in-law to Steve Berry (Bonnie). Will be missed by Jill (Tim Angus), Katie (Rick Gallinger), Charlie, their mom Linda Berry, great nieces, Elissa, Lily and Madison and many friends, especially the Baters, Allens, Clarks, Youngs, the cottage community and his beloved Arizona. Born in Winnipeg, a graduate of the University of Manitoba, Jack was a pioneer in the computer software industry. His career started in statistics (Agriculture Canada) and evolved into software (ComDev and BMO) but culminated with the formation and successful management of 2 top Canadian firms (PRIOR Data Sciences and Gallium Software Inc.). Jack would have wanted to be known, not only as "a Father of high tech in Ottawa," but also as a teacher and mentor of his peers, of his children and their friends. His greatest pleasures came from the ball diamond where he was passionate about teaching young people new skills. Next to "Dad", "Coach" would be his fondest title. He was a perfectionist, "Perfect Practice Makes Perfect!". He placed a high value on fairness, honesty, hard work and getting the best solutions for any problem. He prided himself on being a "hand shake business man". Jack was a strong supporter of many organizations within the local and international community. He supported many charities, but in his memory, and, in honour of the 32 years of care he received from the Heart Institute, the family requests that all donations be sent to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Friends are invited to visit at the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue (at Richmond Road) Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A Service to Celebrate Jack's Life will be held at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue on Tuesday, March 16th (time to be confirmed).

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