Leopold, Gunter

With broken hearts and extreme sadness, our family shares the passing of Gunter Leopold at his home on Friday, September 17, 2021. Lovingly surrounded by his family, he leaves behind his best friend, and wife of 45 years Sharon Leopold (Brown), daughter Crystal (Richard Chartrand), son Chris, and daughter Julie (Richard Woods). Also left behind to mourn his loss are his four grandchildren who he absolutely adored Tylor, Hunter, Adelyn and Grace. Not to forget his fur babies Willow and Pippa, and nine furry grand babies who he loved to give his attention too as well. Gunter was born December 31, 1950, in Bern, Switzerland to Kurt Sr. and Vreni (Wyss) Leopold (both predeceased). His family later moved to Canada where he grew up with his 4 siblings, Gunter being third in line.  Kurt Jr. (predeceased) wife Ellen, Karin (John predeceased), Harold (Kathy) and little sister Margot. He went on to meet the love of his life Sharon. After only seeing her once in passing and telling his family that he was going “to marry that little red head”, their forever love story began. He was then welcomed by his extended family. Father and Mother-in-law Elmer & Lenora Neddo (predeceased), Roger (Diane), Doug (Jackie), Jack (predeceased), Bonnie (Martin), Donna (Brian), Darleen (Brent), Beverly (Frank). He leaves behind a large number of nieces and nephews that he also cared for very much. Gunter was known as a dedicated family man. He served his community for over 25 years as a Correctional Officer and shared his time as a Volunteer Fireman for the Cobalt Fire Department. Always showing an interest in everyone he crossed paths with, never judgemental, and with a very kind soul he made many friends through his 71 years of life.  He was extremely smart and knowledgeable, if he couldn’t answer the question you brought to him, he would take the time to find it for you. He had many interests including reading, music, movies, electronics, and gadgets oh the gadgets!  His famous word “persevere” will never be forgotten by any one of us. We will continue through the remainder of our journey without him, being the best versions of ourselves and continue making him proud. With always remembering to “treat people the way you want to be treated” We will forever hold in our hearts that picture perfect smile, those piercing blue eyes (that never went unnoticed) and never forgetting your gentle hands and extremely kind heart that you shared. We find comfort knowing that you are now at your best once again, catching up with loved ones you have lost along the way, have fun, we will miss you until we get to see you again. Love you forever, and always.

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”. -  Dr. Seuss

With warm hugs and appreciation, Sharon and her family would like to take this time to recognize and say a very special thank you to Gunter’s dedicated home care team, PSWs Michelle, Julie, Kayla, Alce, Jeremy, Rebecca, and Tanya. As well, not to go unnoticed is a number of others that cared for Gunter over the last 5 years while he battled Dementia. To his outstanding RPN Shannon, that helped provide amazing care until the very end we are forever grateful to you. Janet, his activity and recreational therapist, thank you for making Thursdays so very special and fun for Gunter. If it had not been for all of you sharing your outstanding talents, care, empathy, and compassion for Gunter he would never have been able to remain in the comfort of our family home. A Celebration of Gunter’s Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Rec Therapy program, Sudbury, ON, the SPCA and or Pet Save. 


15 Condolences

  1. 2 weeks today Daddy. I still find it hard to breath sometimes and my my heart is still so full of pain. This is really hard, and I wish you could just be here, that’s all. 💔

    By: Crystal
    October 1, 2021
  2. Sharon, Crystal, Chris, &Julie
    I am thinking about you all and so saddened for your loss. There is nothing I can say to ease the pain you are feeling know. You all have such wonderful memories of your husband and dad. Reflect, reminisce, laugh, cry, and above all be thankful for having him. I always remember him whistling .
    Take care stay safe. Look after your mom.
    Love Linda & Morris ❤️

    By: Linda & Morris
    September 26, 2021
  3. Our deepest condolences to Sharon & family.
    Paul and the staff at
    Vallee Verte Green Valley

    By: Paul Bouillon
    September 22, 2021
  4. My deepest and sincere condolences go out to the Leopold family. Gunther was a kind and gentle man who always seemed to have a smile on his face. He was a patient man and took time to listen to the people in his care at work. I enjoyed the times I spent at work with him and hope that he now rests in peace.

    By: Ron Sullivan
    September 22, 2021
  5. Our deepest condolences to the entire Leopold family. We both worked with Gunter for many years and never have we met a more kinder or gentler man. He is a true example of what a human spirit should be and set an example of how we should always treat one another. It was a privilege working with and getting to know him in that time. Rest In Peace Gunter…

    By: Tom and Bonnie Howard
    September 21, 2021
  6. Sharon and Family
    We are so sorry to hear about your loss
    Gunter was an amazing man and will be forever remembered
    Lots of love!

    By: Keenan, Jamie and Tessa Pilon
    September 21, 2021
  7. My deepest condolences to the family. My heart is broken. Gunter we’ll be missed. Miss you all. XOXO

    By: Gisele
    September 21, 2021
  8. My deepest condolences to the Leopold family at this sad time. He was a lovely man kind and caring. He will be remembered fondly by his coworkers rest well Sir.
    Hélène Lebel

    By: Helene Lebel
    September 21, 2021
  9. Dear Sharon, Crystal and family.
    Rino and myself wish to offer our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather. May all the great lifetime memories spent with Gunter help alleviate the pain of your loss. May he Rest In Peace.
    Sending hugs and love your way.
    Rino and Mariette ❤️❤️❤️

    By: Mariette and Rino
    September 20, 2021
  10. My condolences to the family; I always enjoyed working with Gunter.
    He was a truly good human being.

    By: Lori Roy
    September 20, 2021
  11. My deepest condolences to the family……Gunter was a gentle and soft spoken man. We share, two of his granddaughters, Adelyn and Gracie, one of mine special memories is a few years back we were all at Julie’s and Richard’s celebrating Thanksgiving……the girls were wanting to play, so Gunter was playing tag with them and when he would catch one, he would swing them between his legs and swing them so high to reach the sky…..the girls would keep on saying again, again…….the reason I am sharing this is that there was such love, joy and laughter on all their faces, ….Gunter rest now and your granddaughters can reach for their Papa Leopold in the sky!

    By: Gail Woods
    September 20, 2021
  12. Sincerest condolences to the family. I worked with Gunter for many years. He was a good man.

    By: Norm and Carol
    September 20, 2021
  13. My most heartfelt condolences to the entire Leopold family xo

    By: Cheryl Lamond
    September 20, 2021
  14. We love you

    By: Donna and Brian Mercier
    September 20, 2021
  15. We love & miss you Uncle Gunter ❤️

    By: Brittani & Jeffrey McTaggart
    September 20, 2021

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