Leigh Cohoe

1944 - 2020
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Allan Leigh Cohoe, 76, was killed in a vehicle accident near Seaforth on May 13, 2020. Leigh was the eldest child of Fred and Ruth Cohoe of Burgessville, ON. He is survived by his two sons, Caleb (Samantha) of Denver, CO and Amos (Phoebe) of Kingston, ON, as well as four lovely grandchildren: Isaac, Davey, Una, and Beatrice.

He will be lovingly remembered by his siblings, Dan (Karen), Lynne and Liz (Mark), his nieces and nephews, and many cousins and their families.

Leigh was a graduate of the University of Guelph and went on to complete an MBA at Michigan State University. After teaching at Ryerson University in Toronto, he returned to Burgessville in 1973 where he joined the sixth generation of Cohoes to farm the family land. In recent years, he passed on his role in running the farm to his niece Lindsay but continued to help with planting and harvest.

He served on the Norwich and District Historical Society board and was active in many of its events, including dinners and trivia nights! Some will remember him as an instructor for the Ontario Pesticide Education Program or the Environmental Farm Plan. He was President of the Oxford branch of the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association for several years and was recently awarded for his groundbreaking work in no-till practices. Leigh will be remembered for the care and time he gave in his role as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board overseeing the New Durham Cemetery. He was a devoted member of the Brant Community Church in Brantford.

Leigh enjoyed travelling within Canada and abroad. He was always curious about the people and sights he saw and loved to plan his trips to include visits with friends and family in far-flung destinations. He loved riding his motorcycle and made many long-distance journeys across the US and Canada. He enjoyed meeting people and maintained many connections in the local and broader community.

Arrangements entrusted to the ARN-LOCKIE FUNERAL HOME, Norwich, ON 519-863-3020. The family will be having a private service. Interment will be at the New Durham Cemetery. Public services will be held at a later date, when the public health and safety restrictions have been lifted. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwich and District Historical Society or the Brant Community Church.
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    Tuesday, May 19, 2020 |
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    New Durham Cemetary
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    New Durham, Ontario
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mark davis

Posted at 12:10pm
Some thoughts and memories of Leigh Cohoe
Christmas visit circa 2014
Before leaving Nelson, I contacted the Oneway factory (they make wood lathes etc) in Stratford. They would be closed for holidays, but assured me I could come anyway. Leigh offered to drive me to see their factory. We both really enjoyed a tour of the factory floor (no workers).
Leigh and I co-decided to move some Black Walnut pieces under cover that Lynn had cut to make room for her new house. We stashed them in the seed cleaning shed which needed to be reorganized first. When the task was completed, I mentioned to Leigh that he felt to me like an older brother.
Supper at his home with Amos and Phoebe, Liz and myself. My compliments to the chef (Leigh).
Good conversations over the years, mostly his recent summer visits to Nelson. We rode together to see Angus’s place (Liz's eldest son) and a long round about through the mountains back to Nelson. He took Liz on his bike, so it wasn’t difficult for me to keep up to him on my 150 scooter.
I will always remember Leigh for his admirable intellect. After a conversation, I always felt the sharing was equitable. I wish to extend my condolences to Leigh’s friends and family and especially those who were closest to him.
Mark Davis (Liz’s partner)

Leanne Hill

Posted at 03:20pm
I'm so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. I rode the bus with Amos and Caleb growing up, and remember picking rocks at your place one summer as a little girl. Your father agreed to let me tag along and paid me for the work, although I'm sure I was more bother than help at that time. I remember your father as a very kind, patient and intelligent man. While nothing can take away the pain of losing him, please know I am thinking of you and your family.
My condolences,
Leanne Hill

Kim Widdis

Posted at 02:57pm
It is with sadness that I read of Leigh's passing. He was a lovely man and a great friend to Phil and I. My condolences to the family.

Eugena Riehl

Posted at 01:22pm
I have only good memories of Leigh. My deepest sympathy to Bonnie, Caleb and family. We did enjoy having him as President of the board of directors of the Oxford Winds Community Concert Band.

dave jones

Posted at 08:59pm
Leigh has been a classmate and distant friend since 1962 when so many of us mingled and settled into our lives as Aggies at the then small Ontario Agricultural College. We met at reunions and was surprised and heartened when he showed up at our 45th reunion on his bike that he was so content on and ready just to keep travelling. Seems both of us may have had children when we were not super young. His calm demeanor was memorable---I have read his obituary and realized how much he was committed to his community and the rural lifestyle. You will miss a special fellow indeed. May you later be able to talk about and replay the great memories and stories that you shared together. Fine fellow well met. All the best to his family and neighbours. Dave Jones, Fergus ON.

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