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Thomas Loudon Leadbeater

August 16, 1915 - December 13, 2014


In loving memory of our dear father, grandfather and great grandfather who passed away December 13th, 2014 at the Mountain Lake Seniors Community in Nelson, BC. Born August 16, 1915 in South Shields, England, he was the second oldest child in a family of 5 children. He was a choirboy, an avid reader and was very active in the scouting movement. He came to Canada at 18 years of age to fulfil his dream of becoming an Anglican minister. He attended and later taught at St. Chad’s College in Regina, SK where he met and married our mother, Betsy Reierson in 1944. They later moved to Pittsburg Pennsylvania where he completed his Master’s of Education in Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburg and was also an assistant at the Church of Ascension. In 1945 they returned to Canada and went to the Cathedral in Victoria, BC. He was called to St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral in Nelson BC in 1948 and was also in charge of St. Andrew’s Church along the North Shore of Kootenay Lake. Those were the days before there was a bridge across the lake and it was often a struggle to catch the ferry and be on time for the various Sunday services. In November 1956, dad was called to go to St. Barnabas Church in Calgary, AB. This was a hard decision as Nelson was a beloved spot for our family as both Betsy Anne and Graeme were born here. Through the years we continued to travel back to Nelson almost every summer. After much deliberation again, dad agreed to accept a calling to Holy Trinity Church in Edmonton in February 1959. Dad became involved with many community activities, the building of a much needed senior’s home – Trinity Hall, Council of Churches, Chaplaincy of Legion groups and the Veteran’s home, involvement with the University of Alberta including six years on the Senate, and National Church Synod committees. A great love of his was teaching and he was involved with the establishment of Tempo School in the church basement. He was always an advocate for the less fortunate in our community and worked tirelessly to be able to help with assistance of food and shelter when needed. He was a firm believer in the importance of preaching. He spent hours working on sermons and delivered them effortlessly. We often would greet him at the door after church and give him a critique. That was great dad or maybe not so long next time!!! He humoured us and even started placing his watch down on the pulpit to keep a better eye on the time!! He retired in 1981 but still kept commitments with the Veteran’s home. In 2005 they moved to Red Deer to be near Graeme. Dad’s celebrated his 70 years of ordination in the Pine Lake Anglican Church where he occasionally took services. On his return to Nelson the Primate made a presentation in honor of his 75 years of ordained ministry. A clergyman never truly retires. Dad continued to perform countless baptisms, weddings, funerals and cared for the spiritual well-being of family, friends and acquaintances for years. He never tired of friendly debate on any subject you could come up with. In June 2012 they took up residency at Mountain Lakes Senior’s Community in Nelson, BC – a place that was like coming home. Tom is survived by his three children: David, Graeme (Shannon) and Betsy Anne (Lee) DeClercq, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. His funeral service will be held at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church Nelson, BC at 11:00 am on Saturday December 20th, with burial to follow at the Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery. A reception will be held at 12:30 pm immediately following the service.
The family wishes to thank the very caring staff at Mountain Lake, especially those in Lombardy Cottage and of course Dr. Trevor Janz. In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent to St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral Anglican Church Together in Mission Fund, 701 Ward Street, Nelson, BC V1L 1T3
Dad’s spirit, faithfulness and intellect has touched us all. He will always be remembered, cherished and missed.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Grant
Relation: Friend

I remember Tom and Betsy as just really good people. Always interesting and funny. While reading the obituary in the Star, all I could think of was this time I was at Mountain Lakes and Betsy was going back to her room from their dinner (which always had a glass of wine). Their conversation was like this:
Betsy: Tom, I love you!
Tom: What?
Betsy: I love you!!
Tom: What?
Betsy: I love you!!!
Tom: I love you too
Betsy: What?
Tom: I LOVE YOU!!!
Betsy: Good night.
Tom: Well OK then, good night….

I’m very lucky to have known them, even for such a short time.

From: Rev. Barrett Scheske
Relation: Fellow Minister of the Gospel

Well done good and faithful servant!

In His Service, I Remain
Rev. Barrett B.F. Scheske

From: laura
Relation: he was a customer of mine at sobeys

my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family through this tough time. he was one of my favorite customers at sobeys red deer south. i was a cart pusher. and i would take his groceries out for him and i remember all our good chats we would have.. i will miss him.

From: Louise Dort
Relation: Uncle

Our thoughts are with you all at this time
Louise and family
Ted, Ann and family

From: Mary Totman
Relation: When he was a Senate member at the U of A

I remember Rev. Leadbeater very well from when he was a Senate member at the U of A, and I was a staff member. I used to so enjoy his witty and friendly discussions with the then President, Dr. Myer Horowitz.

From: George and Merilynn Clarke
Relation: Holy Trinity Church, Edmonton

Dr. Leadbeater married us in Nov., 1963, over 50 years ago. I fondly remember meeting him in his office before the ceremony and he was listening to the Eskimos playoff football game! That helped curtail some of my nervousness.
Dr. Leadbeater is well remembered by me and other members of the Clarke family.

From: Jean Crozier
Relation: friend, former parishioner

Betsy, David, and Graeme, my sincere sympathy. I attended Holy Trinity for the entire period of your Dad’s ministry, and treasure our friendship during that time. He also was on the U of A Senate, sat on stage at my (very mature) graduation in 1984 and congratulated me with his wonderful broad grin. Your Dad was that gem of a minister who both believed his faith, lived it, and had the life experience to tender philosophy with reality. I will be forever grateful that your Dad, and your Mom, came into my life.

From: Jack and Jean Clarke
Relation: Holy Trinity Church, Edmonton

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family through this tough time. We remember his love and kindness to us and the entire Clarke family. He married us on May 14, 1960. Just yesterday we drove by Holy Trinity Church and thought back 54+ years, of our wedding, the services we attended, and Dr. Leadbeater.

From: Lou and Judy Davidson
Relation: friend

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Service Schedule

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Date & Time:
December 20, 2014
Beginning at 11:00am

St. Saviour''s Pro-Cathedral
701 Ward St
Nelson, BC Canada

701 Ward St
Nelson, BC Canada

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