It is with profound sadness that the family of Leonard Johnston Hewitt announce his peaceful passing on August 29, 2021 at the age of 98 years. He will be lovingly remembered by Daughter: Carol (Dale) Pyke; Son-in-law, Walter Liber; Grandchildren: Melanie Heaney, Derek Mitchell, Breann Pyke (Martin Bourgeois), Elissa Liber, Colleen (Ryan) Nagel, and Rebecca (Dan) Chadwick; Great-grandchildren: Liam and Molly Heaney; Bella, Benjamin, and Elliott Bourgeois; Leonardo Mitchell; Madden and Piercen Nagel, as well as numerous relatives and friends. Leonard was predeceased by his loving wife of 65 years, Reta E. Hewitt (nee: Young); Daughter, Christine Mitchell; Daughter, Cathleen Liber; Brothers: Oscar and Ross Hewitt and his parents: Harry and Hazel Hewitt. Leonard loved people and gave of himself to his profession and community in so many ways, his life was filled with service to others and in support of just causes. He served as President of each of the following: The Canadian Club of Hamilton, Ontario Association of Education and Administrative Officials, Hamilton Industry – Education council, Harris Towers Condominium board of Directors, Orchard Terrace Retirement Home Residents Board and last but not least: Glendale Golf and Country club where he richly enjoyed the fellowship of all Golfers, Curlers and Staff alike.
After retiring from the Hamilton Board of Education, Leonard was called upon by the Minister of Education to chair and complete the provincial implementation of Bill 82, requiring every School Board to provide appropriate educational services to meet the special needs of all pupils in their jurisdiction. Leonard was awarded the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal for his leadership services to Education both locally and provincially. In the Masonic Order Leonard was: Past Master of Lodge: Ancient Landmarks/Doric #654, a member of the Scottish Rite and Past District Deputy Grand Master of Hamilton District “B”. At St. John United Church he was a former Elder and Trustee for many years, he, in his retirement years enjoyed his membership and fellowship in the Stoney Creek United Church.
I want to feel when life is done.
That I have filled a needed post.
That here and there I’ve paid my fare.
With more than talk and idle boast.
That I have taken gifts divine.
The gift of life and manhood fine.
And that I’ve used them now and then.
In the Service of my Fellow Men.
Friends will be received at Donald V. Brown Funeral Home, 36 Lake Avenue Drive, Stoney Creek, Ontario on Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel following the Visitation at 3:00p.m. The Funeral Service will be Livestreamed on the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home Facebook page. CLICK HERE for Livestream. Cremation will follow. In Lieu of flowers, donations to Stoney Creek United Church would be sincerely appreciated by the family. The family wishes to send a special thank you to the entire staff at the Orchard Terrace Care Centre for their care and compassion. Online condolences and notes of sympathy may be left at www.donaldvbrown.ca