Charmaine Leeson

1927 - 2022

Charmaine Leeson (nee Torrance) passed away peacefully Saturday, September 3rd, 2022 with her enduring faith and her love of the Lord Jesus whom she thanked everyday for His blessings, His gifts, and His answered prayers throughout her life. Most loving, supportive mother of her three daughters, Tanya Shalaby, Natasha Leeson-Cooke and Natalie Kirolos. Admired by her sons-in-law, Dr. Nabil Shalaby of St. John’s, NL; and Robbert Cooke of Toronto. Special Granny to her five grandchildren, Nicolas and Benjamin Cooke of Toronto, Jonathan Kirolos of Toronto, and Christina and Nadia Shalaby of NL. She had many, many happy memories with all of them. Especially their summers at Sauble Beach. They still talk a lot about them today. Predeceased by her husband Dr. James Leeson – dear wife to Dr. Jim for 64 years. Her parents, James B. Torrance and Ena (Boehmer) Torrance, and sister Joy Torrance Tapp. She would like to make special mention of a very dear friend (for many reasons) Linda Larcina and her husband Gerry. She was also good friends of Helen and Roy Thomson, Peggy Johnson, Katherine Cook, Betty Munroe, and Joanne Thompson. Charmaine was a Graduate of St Joseph’s Hospital, School of Nursing in London, ON. Charmaine avidly supported the Interval House for Women and Children along with other similar homes in Toronto and also supported the Kids’ Help Line. For her love of animals, she contributed to the Animal Protection Party of Canada, the Toronto Humane Society, the S.P.C.A., as well as World Animal Protection. Dr. James and Charmaine Leeson and Family Endowment Scholarship Fund was established for students in Grey and Bruce who wish to pursue a career in Medicine or Nursing. This fund is connected with Community Foundation for Grey and Bruce in Owen Sound, ON. In respect to Charmaine’s wishes, cremation will take place. A private family graveside service and committal will be conducted by Rev. Linda Larmour, a family friend, with interment at Avondale Cemetery, in Stratford, ON. Charmaine wishes for expressions of remembrance to be made to the Wiarton Food Bank, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #208, the Bruce Peninsula Hospital Foundation, or St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Wiarton. Arrangements entrusted to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home & Chapel, Sauble Beach (519) 422-0041. Condolences may be expressed online at

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