CASHMAN, Joseph Leo
June 23 1922 – Sept 7 2010
It is with deep sadness that the Cashman family announces the unexpected death of Leo.
Leo was born in Bear River, Nova Scotia, where he spent his childhood. He joined the Canadian army in 1941, serving in the Armored Corp during the Second World War. In his military career Leo also served in the RCAF with various fighter squadrons as an Aero Engine Tech. Leo and his family lived in many parts of Europe and Canada, moving to the Comox Valley in 1965 and retiring from the Air Force in 1972. After retirement, he worked with the Air Cadets on their glider program, as well as Island Air and Coval Air in Campbell River.
Leo had a passion for his community and truly enjoyed people. He always had time for coffee or to help a friend. He volunteered with many organizations including the Snow to Surf event for 25 yrs and the COPS program. Leo liked sports and could often be found playing darts at the Legion or bowling with the seniors at Codes but hockey was the favorite. He played, coached, and enjoyed watching his sons, grandsons and great grandson play the game. Leo loved to drive the Island highway, taking Gleneta and their dog to see the sights.
Predeceased by his parents James and Francis, Leo is survived by and will be lovingly missed by his wife Gleneta ; sons Alfred (Lucille) Ont, Gary (Gloria), Merville, Leyland (Diane) Lent , NS.; grandchildren Jim, Candice, Lisa (Jon) , Steven (Cheryle),Matthew (Tanya); great grandchildren, Sierra, Gavin, Krystena, Leo, Aron, Jolissa, Ava, Madison, Brody; sisters Edith Bruce, Phyliss (John) Hill ,Ont. and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Brenda and all those who acted so quickly in the Comox Mall in a time of crisis. Thank you also to the ambulance attendants, emergency department and Drs. and nurses at St. Joseph’s hospital. We also thank special friend and neighbor Lynn for your friendship, Pastor Peter Neudorf, the Comox Legion and Ladies Auxiliary and the Comox Valley Funeral Home for your assistance.
A Memorial and Poppy Service for Leo will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 in Comox on Monday , Sept 20 at 11 am. Please join the family in a celebration of a life lived to the fullest. For those who wish the family requests donations in Leo’s name be made to the St Joe’s Hospital Foundation (for Palliative Care) 2137 Comox Ave, Comox, BC V9M 1P2 or Comox Valley SPCA Box 1284, Comox BC V9N 7Z8.