Bernard "Pat" Albert Leavitt
At the Saint John Regional Hospital, Saint John, NB, on February 1, 2023, Bernard "Pat" Albert Leavitt Sr., husband of the late Annie (Proctor) Leavitt of Canal NB. Born at Canal, NB, on November 8, 1932, he was a son of the late Oscar T. and Violet (Thompson) Leavitt.
He is survived by his children: Bernie (Darlene) Leavitt, Brenda (Robin) Baldwin and Angie (Jason) Gaudet, all of Canal, NB; three grandchildren: Rob (Leah) Baldwin, Scotty (Cindy) Leavitt, and Mandy (Curtis) Blagden; six great grandchildren: Lilly, Ben, Izzy, Cooper, Calvin and Owen; one brother, Marshall (Ruth) Leavitt of Saint John, NB; one sister, Marie Love of Saint John, NB; several nieces and nephews; and good friends Bobby Norman and Dawson Wamboldt.
He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Annie (Proctor) in 2011; two sons, Richard "Ricky" Leavitt in 2021, and David Leavitt in 1954; six sisters: Jessie (Winston) Cross, Thelma (Stanley) Hatt, Pearl (William) Stout, Hilda (Ben) Strazze, Myrtle (Neil) MacVicar, and Geraldine (Charlie) Parlee; two brothers: Oscar Leavitt Jr. (Dorothy), and infant Henry Leavitt; and his parents.
Bernard, or "Pat" as he was more familiarly known, was born and raised in Canal where his father worked in the granite quarries. At the age of 14 he moved to Saint John to live with his sister, Pearl. After working various jobs in the city, in 1954, Pat went to work for as a Longshoreman. During the summer months, Pat worked at variety of jobs from construction to plumbing/heating. When the port moved to more year-round operation, Pat remained at the Port until his retirement in the late 1990s. Pat was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and trapping, with many miles covered between Saint John and St. George. For a number of years in the early 2000s, Pat made his own maple syrup with friend Bobby Norman. Pat had a great ability to design his latest project on the back of napkin whether it was a plow, woodstove or wood splitter. He remained a hard worker until his last couple of years. His favourite pastimes were cutting/splitting firewood and "jawing" with friends and family. He will be missed by all those that knew him.
Arrangements in the care of the St. George Funeral Home (755-3533) 26 Portage Street, St. George NB. In keeping with Pat’s wishes there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at the St. George Rural Cemetery in the spring. In his memory, donations to a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.