Leo Dufresne Obituary
In Loving Memory of

Leo Francis Dufresne

1935 ~ 2023

Obituary of Leo Francis Dufresne

It is with profound sadness that we say goodbye to Leo Francis Dufresne who passed away peacefully on Friday February 24, 2023 at the Greater Niagara General Hospital at the age of 87. Devoted husband of the late Anne (2019) and loving partner and fiancé of Sheila Turcotte, cherished father of Lori (Kevin) and Wendy (Mike), proud grandpa of Travis (Laura), Joshua (Chelsey), Dylan (Tat), Katelyn (Allan) and great grandpa to his special little sweetie, Callie. He will be dearly missed by his siblings Hector, Leona, Shirley, Rita and his twin brother Lionel. Also left to mourn are his many nieces, nephews, extended family members.

Born in Benny, Ontario in 1935, Leo loved the outdoors. He helped to build a family cottage at Lake Onaping where a lot of family memories were made. He also enjoyed being on the ice, whether it was playing hockey with the Skylon Old Timers hockey team, Sunday skating with the family or watching the Toronto Maple Leafs play. He was a strong man who worked at the Port Weller dry docks for many years and later becoming a custodian for the Niagara District School Board. He would never complain about anything and when asked how he was, his response was always "I'm fine". He was a selfless, patient and kind man and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him but especially by his close friend Georgina.

As per his wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements are entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services. Visitation will be held at St. Thomas More Church, 6548 Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 from 10:30am to 11:30am followed by Mass at 11:30 a.m and inurnment at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association or to a charity of your choice.

Service Information


Date: March 8, 2023
Start Time: 10:30 am
End Time: 11:30 am
Venue: St. Thomas More Church, 6548 Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls

Funeral Mass

Date: March 8, 2023
Start Time: 11:30 am
End Time: 12:30 pm
Venue: St. Thomas More Church, 6548 Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls


Date: March 8, 2023
Start Time: 12:30 pm
End Time: 1:00 pm
Venue: 4501 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 2E8

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Dawn Bonchek
8 months ago

Dawnrenee, David and family would like to send our condolences to all of Uncle Leos family. He was always a fun, happy uncle and we enjoyed many visits. I will miss him, especially that big smile.

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Darlin Bonchek
8 months ago

Gerry Darlin and family, we would like to send our prayers to all of you . Grief is a personal thing as we know very well, sadly. Life is a continuous thread , it weaves itself through our love and memories, remaining a part of everyone who knew and loved Uncle Leo .

Dale and Frances Irwin
9 months ago

Uncle Leo was a wonderful person, always friendly and cheerful. I will miss but will always look up to and remember him for his big smile and pleasant conversations about his family and his hockey teams.

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Mary (Upton), Scott, Thomas & Paul Goodchild,
9 months ago

Dear Lori, Wendy, Kevin, Mike and family, I was very sad to hear of Leo’s passing. I have very fond memories of him, his great smile and laugh. Sincerely, Mary Goodchild

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Tom Lockhart
9 months ago

Leo was a fine man and I thoroughly enjoyed our years together at Simcoe Street School.

Chris J Turcotte
9 months ago

Debbie and I want to give our sincerest condolences to Leo’s family and friends and my Mother (Sheila Turcotte). We loved the times we spent with him. Whether it was video calling with my mom and him every Sunday, or in person in Niagara Falls, in our home or fishing with him at the cottage that we go to. He was a caring and fun loving man. We will miss him.

Last edited 9 months ago by Chris J Turcotte
Krystal Riddell
9 months ago

Dear Dufresne Family,
Please accept our deepest condolences for the passing of your father, Leo. May your special memories carry you through this time of grief. He will be remembered as a kind gentleman. Sincerely, Krystal

9 months ago

So sorry to hear about Leo’s passing


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