Paul Leatherbarrow

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Paul Leatherbarrow

We are heartbroken by the sudden passing of Paul Leatherbarrow on August 16, 2019 at the age of 67. Paul was born July 5, 1952 and raised in Elora. Paul was the loving husband of over 21 years to Karen (nee Evans), father to Nate (Anissa), EJ (Ashley), John and Kate (Elio), grandfather to Milo, Julian & Remi and Harrison, Clinton & Ethan, brother to Lezley (Mike), Liz, Robin (Louis), Shelagh (Rick), John and Dodi, and brother-in-law to Cathy and Eric (Margot). Paul was a respected poultryman with 50 years of experience in the industry where he particularly enjoyed work in the barns alongside his fellow farmers and colleagues. He was particularly fascinated by innovation in the industry and travelled internationally to bring to Ontario the technologies he learned of abroad. Paul will be missed by his colleagues at Clark Companies where he spent over 20 years of his career.

Paul’s greatest joys in life were golfing, reading and, above all else, his relationships with his family and many friends. He loved unconditionally and was so very proud of all of his children and the people he helped them become. Paul was best known as an unrelenting tease and for his tireless efforts to keep you laughing. As a tribute to Paul, tell a joke, play a prank and love with abandon.

A celebration of life will be held from 3:00 to 5:30 Wednesday, August 21 at the Caledonia Lions Community Centre. In Paul’s memory, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities 1510 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 1E3.


Posted by Doug and Gail McBride on
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time.
Posted by Brenda and Dave chamberlain on
We are so very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing,,,He was a wonderful guy!! I remember when he went to Yorkville when he was around 17 yrs,,he brought me back some beads from there ,,,,,he was such a great guy!!! And although we didn’t seem to see each other too often he was one of our favourite people,,,,,missing him for sure and there is an angel in heaven of that we are sure!!!!!!!!!

Love Brenda and Dave,,
Posted by bert West on
Karen and family so saddened to hear of Paul leaving us, always a pleasure working with in the industry, always polite and a gentleman to work with Paul made other people feel important in his life, you will be missed. Bert and Marlie West.
Posted by bert west on
Karen and family so saddened to hear of Paul leaving us, always a pleasure working with in the industry, always polite and a gentleman to work with Paul made other people feel important in his life, you will be missed. Bert and Marlie West.
Posted by Frank and Dale on
My Dear Karen. So very very sorry to hear about your beloved Paul. We are at a loss for words but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Frank Dale Brodie and Brandon T7
Posted by Brett Wilson on
I will never forget this man, he could be your worst nightmare one day and be your best friend the next, he was one of those guys that would ask how you and your family were or how your weekend was, very well liked among co-workers and will be sadly missed. when I had a heart attack in 2014 he was one guy who took the time to call and bring me a coffee and sit on the deck for a chat, never forget him, till we meet again.
Posted by blair & lorrie keeling on
sorry for all of our collective loss. PAL was just that a pal to so many people. His ability to tease and remember things to bring the memory back as if in the present, was uncanny. So many memories and laughs.
RIP buddy.
Posted by Bill and Elaine Meehan on
Karen: so very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He was such a great person. Loved spending time with the two of you.
Condolences to you all. Big hugs. Sorry we can’t be at Paul’s celebration of life but will see you soon.
Love Bill and Elaine XO
Posted by Can and Darlene Johnston on
Our sincere condolences Karen and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers❤️❤️
Posted by Margaret Oglesby on
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Paul was a great guy!
Posted by Steve and Kim Clark on
We will miss hearing “Clarkie and Keem Keem” from you. It will always be there in our many memories we have of you over the many years as a good leader and great friend. So
many memories . We have lost a wonderful friend . Karen you were Paul’s rock.
Rest In Peace PAL ❤️
Posted by Beth Halsall on
It must be true the better ones go first leaving us cranky old ones to carry on. I have known Paul for the 20 years I have worked at Clark Egg farm. Always pleasant witty and entertaining when he visited. A few years back Ontario experienced a severe hay shortage crisis. Many of us had real fear that we could not feed our animals! I had a charity bbq and fund raiser and he was one of the first there with a kind word and a donation saying he would hate to see me having to part with any of my horses. Support of a passion is not forgotten. He will be greatly missed from having laughs in a first aid class to chatting in the produce section At Zehrs the world will be a little this bright without his wit and wisdom. Rest easy Paul
Posted by Vicki Duxbury on
Oh Karen and family, so sad to read this! And so sorry for your loss. Sending you hugs and asking God to comfort you in your time of sadness and loss.
Posted by David Upton & Family on
Dear Karen and Family, So sorry to learn the passing of Dear Paul. You can all be assured that you had the greatest Husband, Father and Grandpa. He always called me Davey and would never forget to shake my hand. Paul would try to talk to me in an English accent and Paul you got it down pat. R.I P. Dear Friend I'm going to miss you very much.
Posted by Karen Beaurivage on
So sorry to hear of your loss Karen.
Posted by Rick Currah on
Paul was much more than a brother-in-law to me and big brother to Shelagh. He was a force of nature, intolerable joker and a well of wisdom. We loved his company. Our shared trip to Jasper, last fall, was a timely event. Upon our numerous hikes, Shelagh and Paul would quickly outdistance Karen and I (everyone knows how Paul enjoyed a hike, be it through a trail or through a chicken barn). We'd find a scenic stop and wait for those two to wander back, still chattering away, always the doting,big brother and adoring little sister.
All of you reading these tributes (or contributing) must know .... Paul loved you all. His farming community, he considered friends and family. Thanks for your kind words. The family circle has to mend a huge gap, with his passing but your words are a comfort. He'll never be forgotten or replaced. Thank you all.
Posted by Bryan and Elaine Flewwelling on
Dear Karen and family.. we are so sorry about the loss of your Paul. He was such an amazing person. We have so many memories that will live on in our hearts forever. His incredible ability to put an instant smile on your face, or make you laugh till you cried were only a few of his special talents. Our hearts are with you during this extremely devastating time. Love, Elaine & Bryan.
Posted by Tuesday Lewis-Brant on
Just heard the news, and I'm so sorry to hear this Karen. I only met him briefly, but from reading the comments above it's clear to see he was a good man, who left an imprint on many hearts. Thinking of you and the boys at this time. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.
Posted by Patti & Bruce on
Karen...So shocked to hear of Paul’s passing and can’t imagine what your are dealing with. He definitely will be remembered for his sense of humour and all the pranks which you generally had a hand in making sure they transpired. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Xo
Posted by Nicki Snowden on
My deepest condolences to you and your family Karen. This is surely a terrible time. Remember you are loved,valued and in my thoughts. I regret I will not be attending Paul’s memorial .
Posted by Nicki Snowden on
My deepest condolences to you and your family Karen. This is surely a terrible time. Remember you are loved,valued and in my thoughts. I regret I will not be attending Paul’s memorial .
Posted by Marie Graham on
My sincere sympathy Karen and family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Jo-Ann and Peter Duns on
Karen and family. We were saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. We are sending hugs and prayers your way. Jo-Ann and Peter Duns
Posted by Carol and Paul Seabourne on
To Karen and family. So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers
Posted by Bob & Donna Hunsinger on
Our sincere condolences to Karen and the entire Latherbarrow Family, we had the pleasure of knowing Paul as a friend and a colleague.
His sense of humour always brightened my day, he will truly be missed by his family his friends and the entire Poultry industry
Posted by Carol Demers on
My deepest sympathies to the Leatherbarrow family. Paul was such a wonderful man, popping in at the Clark office and making sure to greet everyone with a hello. Asking how we are. Always a smile on his face, never a complaint. God took a good one from us on Aug 16th. May he rest in peace and enjoy a perfect golf game there in heaven. May God give you strength to help you in this difficult time.
Posted by Larry and Molly Smith on
Dear Karen and family ,what a terrible shock to hear of Paul’s passing .Our thoughts and prayers are with you .Love always .
Posted by Steph & Phil Wellings on
Our sincere condolences to the whole family, Thinking of you all during this difficult time. ❤️
Posted by Greg Morrison on
Dear Karen, I am truly sorry for your loss. I just want to say that Paul was a truly great person that always took the time to ensure to greet me and ask how I was doing and ask about my family.
He always has a humorous joke and he liked to give me a little ribbing.
I would laugh so hard it brought tears to my eyes.

I will miss that immensely.

Take care Karen and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Greg Morrison (TFO)
Posted by Kayla Price on
Dear Karen and Family,
My deepest condolences for your loss. I met Paul through the poultry industry. He was a great person, a good mentor and we'll respected. He will be missed by all.

Posted by Charlene Meehan on
Oh my dear, dear friend. So sorry to hear of Paul's sudden passing. He was always a delight whenever I visited. Such a gentleman. Such a wit. Always remembered.
My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Posted by Charles and Donna Kennedy on
So sorry Karen. Our hearts and prayers go out to you.
Charles and Donna Kennedy
Posted by Richard and Mardi Broeksra on
Karen, we are so sorry to hear of Paul’s sudden passing. He was quite a character. He truly will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
Richard and Mardi
Posted by Pauline Gilroy-Berry on
You have my deepest sympathy Karen.  shock of Paul's passing is devastating. Please know that my heart is with you and your family.

I cherished having Paul in my life and will forever miss his charm, wit, crazy sense of humour, and beautiful caring heart. I consider myself very lucky to have counted him as my friend. 
Posted by Brian on
Dear Karen and Family
I am very sorry for your loss. Paul had a way of making me feel special,as I know he did for all of those he would encourage in the poultry industry.
He will be missed
My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Brian Ricker TFO
Posted by Charlane Stecjuk on
Karen, my heart goes out to you and your family at this time. Paul will be truly missed.
Posted by Jenny N. on
Deepest condolences to the family.

His presence will be sorely missed.
Posted by Kathy Evans on
So very sorry for your loss! c9 59
Posted by Bette Kubiak on
Thinking of you Karen and your Family.
Posted by Erin (Davidson) Ridpath on

I am so very sorry for your loss. Paul always made me laugh and always had a huge smile. Thinking of you and your family.
Posted by Dale Taylor on
Some great tributes to our old friend here. I'd known Paul for 45 years, and wasn't able to keep in touch over the years after he left the Elora area as much as I would have liked. Through friends, I'd get caught up on the goings on, and never could seem to get together for a round of golf when asked. I do regret that. Lucky enough to have lunch with Paul at the start of the summer, and I will treasure the laughs and stories we shared that afternoon. My condolences to Karen and family, we are all going to miss that character and the great smile.

Dale and Noreen Taylor
Posted by Zach Gable on
Very sorry for your loss Karen
Posted by Jeff Hunsinger on
Karen and the Leatherbarrow Family :
I just heard of the passing of Paul. My very deepest condolences to you all. Paul was such a warm friendly man. Always stopping to talk to you when you met him somewhere. I was so shocked to hear that he had passed. He will surely be missed walking through Clark’s .
Posted by Bill Revington on
Dear Karen and Family of Paul;
I am profoundly saddened to hear of Paul's untimely passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Paul was a good friend and a wonderful human being. He was personable, funny and above all, very caring. His positive outlook brightened every room he entered. Quick with a laugh or a funny story, he was a positive influence to all who knew him - and there are many! He leaves behind much more than the sadness of his passing. He'll not be forgotten. (I'm sorry this is so late; I was out of town and learned this news only on the 23rd).

God bless you, Paul.

With heartfelt condolences,
Bill Revington (Poultry Industry friend and colleague)
Posted by Marilyn Sewell on
I’m so sad to hear this news. While I only knew Paul for a short time in my career he was always so helpful and interesting and taught me a lot. A wonderful man who will be missed by many.
Posted by Jim & Pat Glionna on
We are stunned and shocked over the news about Paul. Karen and family, our hearts are also broken. Jim will miss his "little boy friend" as I called him at the cottage knocking on our door at 9:00 a.m. for their walk to the fire station. We are so happy that we spent more time this year with the two of you. We only got the news today so that's why we are late in responding. Karen, please keep in touch! Love, Pat and Jim
Posted by John and Debbie Menary on
Dear Karen and Family,
John and I were so shocked and saddened to hear of Paul's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

With Deepest Sympathy,
John and Debbie Menary
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