Leaper, Clare Russell

September 23, 1970 ~ December 09, 2019

LEAPER, Clare Russell – Age 49 of London, passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at London Health Sciences – Victoria Campus after a 6 month battle with cancer. Dear son of Gord and Barb (Keith) Leaper. Loved brother of Beth Leaper, Bob and his wife Cathy (Park) Leaper. Cherished uncle of Daniel and Anna. Nephew to Donna (Leaper) Longley and Lorne. Survived by many cousins and friends. Clare attended LCCVI, Western University for his BA, Wilfred Laurier for honours in History then to London Teachers College. He taught for 14 years in the secondary school for the Thames Valley District School Board and worked for Canada Trust. He was an avid history buff, loved reading, cats, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie. He enjoyed playing football, darts, fishing with his buddies and loved Wortley Village, London.

Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 2-5 pm. Cremation has taken place.

Funeral Details
A private family burial will be held at Bear Creek Cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Canadian Cancer Society or Humane Society London & Middlesex for cats (www.hslm.ca).

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  1. I used to work with Clare at Canada Trust and was talking to a mutual friend that worked with both of us at tonight and he told me that Clare passed away. He was a great person and we not only worked together but also played football Saturday mornings for more than 10 years. He will be certainly missed by all his family and friends.
    I am very sorry for your loss.

  2. My deepest condolences. I worked with Claire and hung out after work. He was a kind person and we talked about our cats alot. Peace be with you and rest in peace

  3. To the Leaper Family. I am very sorry to hear the news of Clare’s passing. I have fond memories of time spent with Clare in our younger years growing up in Brigden.. My sincere condolences to you all at this difficult time.

  4. Dear Barb and family
    Such a terribly hard loss to endure. My prayers and sympathies are with you all at this stressful time.

  5. Clare’s Family:
    My sincere condolences on the passing of Clare.
    We worked together at Saunders. He was always very approachable and this comes as a huge shock. He will be missed.

  6. Bob & Cathy, Daniel & Anna: we were very sorry to see this obituary about your brother, Bob. We hadn’t heard about the cancer and unfortunately we did not know until now that he had passed away. Way too young! Just know your and your family are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. May God give you comfort and peace at this special time of year. 🙏🙏

  7. Dear Barb, Gord and family,
    May the Lord give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. We will be praying for you today and in the weeks to come.
    Love Mike & Harriet Nsgle

  8. Dear Leaper family.
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss.
    Please know that we will keep you in our prayers. We know well the sorrow you feel. May our Lord give you the hope and the peace that passes all understanding at this time.

  9. I am so sorry to hear of Clare’s passing. He was a great guy and colleague at CASS. I enjoyed chatting to him and sharing some laughs with him. He was always so kind, level headed, interested and thoughtful of everyone. His enthusiasm and dedication as a teacher and colleague at CASS will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

  10. I was so sad to hear of Clare’s passing. He was so kindhearted, talented and hard working. I’m especially sad for Bob and Cathy who were also wonderful music students at LCCVI. I will keep all your family in my prayers to be comforted by your warm memories of Clare.

  11. Barb and Gordy I am so so sorry for your loss. It is a terrible thing to lose a son especially so young. You and your family are in my prayers.

  12. Barb, Gord and family. So very sorry to hear of Clare’s
    Passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Sincerest sympathy

  13. I am so very sorry to learn of Clare’s passing. He was a lovely person and I am saddened to know his life has been cut so very short. At Saunders, he always greeted people with a smile and encouraged all students.

  14. Barb, Gord, Bob & Cathy – John and I were so saddened to read of Clare’s passing. Our thoughts are with your entire family at this very difficult time. Peace be with you

  15. My sincere condolences to your family. Clare and I would often talk about life, school, and football during lunches in the staff room at College Avenue Secondary. He will he missed my many. Rest In Peace, my friend.

  16. Barb, Gord, Bob, Cathy and family – I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your son and brother. Clare was always the cool older kid on the bus that was kind to the littles. I’m thinking of you and hope you can find a bit of peace in your pain.

  17. Hi Gord, Barb, Beth and Bob and family….there are truly no words with hearing of your loss of Clare….our hearts are heavy for all of you throughout this most difficult time in all of your lives….we send you all our heartfelt condolences at this time and please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers too…

  18. My sincere condolences to your family. Clare was often seen around the halls of Saunders Secondary School, with a friendly smile on his face. He was a caring teacher and a kind colleague. Rest in peace, our friend.

  19. To the Leaper family,
    We are very sorry to learn of Clare’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Kevin & Cheri Helps

  20. Dear Barb, Gordon and Family,
    Only just heard that Clare was battling cancer, so very sorry to hear it was a battle he could not defeat. It has been so many year since seeing him, but what a wonderful picture to remind me of what a nice young man he was. Sending you comforting words but know that will not ease your pain, my sincere condolences.

  21. We are so sorry to hear of Clare’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to Gord, Barb, Bob, Cathy and Beth.
    May cherished memories help ease the grief of these days.

  22. We are sorry to hear of your loss of Clare; Barb and Gord and Family.
    I remember how much fun we had as kids when we had Keith reunions and celebrating our Mom’s birthdays… Thinking of you.. all..

  23. I’m so sorry Barb and Gord to hear of the loss of your son. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Cherish your memories and keep them close in your hearts.

  24. Barb, Gord and family
    So very sorry to hear about Clare. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. May the wonderful memories bring peace and healing to your hearts
    Brenda and Rick

  25. Dear Gord , Barb & the Leaper Family, We are so sorry to hear about Clare. Our thought and prayers are with you at this time.

  26. To Barb & Gord, Beth, Bob & Cathy, Daniel and Anna. Frank and I were so very sorry to hear of your loss. So hard to lose a son, brother, uncle. ( such a key person in your lives). May God bring you peace and much love from your many friends and family.

  27. Gord & Barb & all the Leaper family
    Sending my deepest sympathy on your terrible loss of Clare, way too young. Remember the good times that you had together.

  28. Barb, Gord and Family
    So very sorry for your loss. May his memories bring you peace and smiles. He will be greatly missed by you all..

  29. Barb, Bob ,Cathy and Family
    Sorry for your loss, cherish your memories of Clare, it will help you to get through this difficult time, God Bless

  30. Deepest sympathy to each of you, I remember Claire as a sweet little fellow when I was still in Brigden before college. (((HUGS))) and prayers, Deanna

  31. Barb and Gord ,,
    We are sorry for you loss…Our deepest condolences to you and the entire Leaper family..our thoughts and prayers at this time.

  32. Dear Barb and Gord,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you during this sad time. May the memories of all the good times help you remember him with smiles and not tears.