In Loving Memory Of
Margaret Leonard (née Jarvis)
1934 - 2024

Margaret (née Jarvis) Leonard, 89, passed away peacefully on 4 February 2024 after a long struggle with dementia. Born in East Baltic, PEI in 1934, she was the daughter of the late Mary Margaret and John S Jarvis. She lived in Montreal, Vancouver and Australia and moved to Dieppe 10 years ago where she was warmly welcomed by Dean and Paulette Leonard and the Arsenault family.

Margaret was a creative and attractive woman with a sense of fashion, adventure and fun. She dressed up as often as she could and would dance at the drop of a hat.

She loved her role in the family’s Montreal based waterbed and furniture businesses where she helped design shop spaces and mingled with suppliers and buyers.

She was shy at heart and yet very outgoing, so she founded and directed the Elm Tree Theatre Company in PEI where anyone who thought they couldn’t act was invited and encouraged to perform. She always found excuses to go out and to dance so she joined, and soon presided over the One Parent Family Association weekly dances in Montreal.

She founded and ran Walkabout Historic Tours Vancouver which even provided her an excuse to dress in historic costumes for work. When she retired, she found a perfect mix of socialising and dancing by joining square dancing groups in Vancouver and Melbourne.

Margaret’s heart broke with the passing of her eldest daughter Bernadette Leonard in 2013 and Margaret will in turn, be immensely missed by her loving children Yvon Leonard, Dean Leonard and Joanne Leonard, and also by her children’s spouses who were dear to her, Paulette Arsenault, Gavin Randles  and Franco Ferrucci. She will be fondly remembered as a fabulous grandmother to Geneviève and Vivianna, Catherine and Noah, Miriam and Marcel. She leaves memories behind with the youngest children in her life Alistair, Penelope and Harrison, Fabien and Maude. Margaret shared a precious bond with her late sister Flora Campbell. She was also predeceased by her cherished brother Bernard, brother Sylvester and her namesake sister Margaret who died in childhood. Her treasured nieces and nephews will mourn her loss. Her ex-husband Jean Léonard will also remember her fondly.

Margaret was blessed to be at home at Moncton Residence. Our deepest, most heartfelt thanks go to the crew there, it’s a wonderful world that creates such beautiful, compassionate people. We are truly appreciative that Albert House provided a tranquil place to farewell Margaret, we extend our sincerest thanks to their kind, professional staff.

Margaret’s family will honour her memory with a private gathering. Her remains are to be interred in her beloved Prince Edward Island where she always longed to return.

Online condolences for the family can be shared at www.funérairepassagefuneral.ca.

Arrangements under the professional care of Passage Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Center.

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28 comments

  1. So sad to hear of Margaret’s passing. I grew up on the north side of the island and had the opportunity to have as a theatre teacher when I was about 12. We performed at the Mackenzie theatre that year and I still have the Pewter necklace with the theatre faces on it that she gave all of us girls In the group. I have many fond memories of that experience thanks to Margaret . Sincerely Liza (Campbell)Townshend

  2. So sorry for your loss my heart goes out to u all she was a wonderful lady and will be missed I remember allways love seeing aunt Margaret coming to visit ❤️❤️

  3. So enjoyed our Dinner Theatres that were directed by “ Auntie Mar” she was kind and funny and a terrific director. A lovely person .

  4. The Smith’s loved her as the summer “twin” to her sister Flora– they were a pair– drying moss by day and going dancing at a ceilidh by night. They were devoted to each other and lovely role models for this young cousin to watch. Margaret will be welcomed in heaven with open arms by those who passed before her– especially Bernadette and Flora. Godspeed Margaret, you have earned your wings!

  5. I am thinking of all of you. I use to love meeting Margaret when she came to stay with Joanne and the family here in Melbourne. Loved hearing about her square dancing and her guided tours.

  6. I have many fond memories of Margaret and the Campbell and Leonard families on PEI. Much love to you all. Flora and Marg are dancing together again and her reunion with Bernadette and others will be epic.

  7. To our beloved Leonard family, sending my love and prayers to you all xo

  8. I grew up in Eastern Kings and was so honored to be a part of two productions under Maragaret’s direction both at Community School and Elm Tree. She was inspiring, encouraging and such a wonderful role model for young woman and girls. I am so sorry for her families tremendous loss. Please know her positive impact on myself and many others was long lasting. May she rest in peace.

  9. I have so many fond memories of the Leonard clan in Montreal and in Vancouver. I followed Bernadette, my best and true friend to Vancouver and had many lovely times and years with Margaret, Bernadette and Joanne when she had the opportunity to join us from Melbourne. Bernadette and I shared Margaret’a inaugural Historic Walking Tour, Burnaby Village Museum and many wonderful meals. Because my mother had passed she became Mumsy and she called me her little chickadee…She and Bernadette are truly the two lovelies. Bernadette was waiting to greet her I am sure. Was happy that my partner Louis and I got to visit her and family on the east coast a few years back. Condolences and much love to Dean, Yvon and of course another lovely, Joanne and the extended family and friends. Louis joins me in sympathy as well.

  10. I only met Margaret a couple of times while she was here in Vancouver visting Bernadette but the times that I did were special and were always surrounded by merriment, joking and lots of laughs. She was lovely, with a smile that could light up a stadium. She will be forever remembered and greatly missed. My condolences to all that loved this special woman who touched many hearts in such a joyful supportive way. <3 .

  11. My deepest condolences to all of the Leonard children and their families, and all of Margaret’s family and friends. I remember her and the family well, and although years have passed, I am so saddened and grateful for the opportunity to be notified of her passing and to read the tribute.

  12. Very fond memories of spending time with Margaret in Melbourne.
    A charming and thoughtful person who fitted in so effortlessly with Joanne and Gavin’s friends.

  13. My love and sympathies go out to the Leonard family. So many fond memories and laughter of Margaret each summer we Smiths came to PEI. No doubt there’s a heavenly reunion happening filled with love and dancing.

  14. Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends on the passing of our cousin Margaret. We fondly remember visiting with her and Flora in the East Baltic with Gert and Marjorie. We shared quite a few laughs and thoroughly enjoyed our visit from Toronto. Love Leona (Jarvis) Rice and family.

  15. Dear Joanne, Miriam, Marcel, Gavin and the extended Leonard family – Our deepest condolences on Margaret’s passing. We have so many fond memories of spending time with Margaret during her visits to Australia. Sending you love and hugs.

  16. I wish that I had had the pleasure of knowing Margaret. I do know and love her daughter, Joanne, as a dear friend and fellow ex-Montrealer living in marvelous Melbourne. My condolences to all of Margaret’s family and friends.

  17. Dear Joanne,Gavin,Miriam and Marcel , I can well understand your sadness because of the very recent loss of Margaret. I retain lovely memories of her both in Middle Park and Mt Eliza and still have some nice photographic memories to share with you Margaret and I had many interesting conversations about families in general , and shared several remembered outings. Love to you all. Memories are so precious . Roma Randles Beaumaris. Feb 10th, 2024

  18. Thank you for the lovely memories of Margaret, it was enjoyable to read this. When she came here I enjoyed her company , including the movies we saw together and discussed afterwards over a meal, this happened every year. Margaret was busy so there wasn’t time for a lot of time with her as she loved being around her immediate family who loved her dearly. My memory of Margaret will always be fond, She made the world a better place and will be very much missed.
    Jenny

  19. Dear Joanne, Miriam, Marcel, Gavin and the Leonard family – sending love and condolences at this sad time and thinking of Margaret and her visits to Melbourne over the years. Love Jackie

  20. Thank you for sharing Margarets passing with us. When she was at Floras she was next door to us so we spent a lot of fun times with them. We enjoyed their company very much….Never a dull moment at Floras home. When we were married we went to Margaret & Jean for a few days and they took us to expo 67. One of those special memories we will always cherish. Our sympathy to all the family. We are here if anyone needs anything now or in the summer.

  21. My loving thoughts are with Joanne, Gavin, Miriam and Marcel as they mourn the recent loss of Margaret. As Miriam and Marcel’s other grandma, I remember with pleasure Margaret’s visits to my home, our shared conversations ranging many topics and our several outings together in Melbourne. She was a gentle, charming lady.

  22. Dear gentle Margaret. We are very saddened by your passing. In collecting my thoughts for our tribute, I recalled your beautiful sense of style, love of all things artistic, and of course, your love of dance. It’s all written in your beautiful eulogy, every word so true.
    You are now with your beautiful and gentle Bernadette, but you will be sadly missed by those left behind. With love and condolences, Deborah and Ian Tresise and family xxx

  23. Margaret was simply a good human being, and the words in my mind that would describe are; gentle, humble, non judgmental, forgiving, kind, humorous, generous, loving, joyous, practical and whimsically artistic. How about courageous? The moves she made and undertook at various stages at her life are inspiring. What Margaret brought to this world changed my life. I thank you all for sharing your thoughts and memories here as it was great to read others interactions with Margaret. Isn’t it like her to bring us together in thought and love?

  24. Genevieve and Family

    We are so very sorry for the loss of this wonderful person in your lives!

    Sincerely
    The Duff Storeys

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