Edward Henry Leavens
January 18, 1932 - August 13, 2020
On Thursday, August 13, 2020, Edward Leavens passed away quietly after a battle with dementia. Ed of London, Ontario, an extremely successful sports car racer from 1955 to 1962, also competed with Stirling Moss, Bruce McLaren and other notables of the day, at Sebring for the BMC factory team in 1959, ’60 and ’61. In 1959, he helped set two land speed records for Austin Healey at Bonneville. He was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997. Ed was the founder of Leavens Motors in 1958 which has grown into Leavens Automotive Group operating in London and Southwestern Ontario. He is survived by his wife Pat (Finlay); his daughter Kelly Hodgins; sons: Paul and Chris; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As per Ed’s wishes, there will be no service. Private scattering of his ashes will take place at a later date. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ed are asked to consider the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex.
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To Chris and Family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Good memories of you Chris and Ed while working at Leavens between 1977 and 1983. Please accept our condolences, Larry, Sue and Family.
I had the great pleasure of working at Leavens Motors on First Street back in the glory days of British sports cars in the late 60s. Ed was a great mentor and boss. We had fun surrounded by MGs, Healeys, Jags, Lotus', and of course, my favourites- the Minis. Ed had a great group of employees who shared his love of cars. Great 'sales meetings' on his sailboat. I think of Ed every time I drive out Hwy 4 north of London. My condolences to the Leavens family on your loss.
Kelly, Chris, Paul and families.....may all the great times with your Dad keep memories you can hold close to your heart....our sincere sympathy. Dianne and Harley Gratton
Chris and family, very sorry to hear of Ed's passing. Always a gentleman,and so modest when you spoke to him about his racing days... my condolences.
Hi,Pat We went to Teacher's College together and were in the Earle Terry's. I think we were married the same year.My husband died in 1983 but I was fortunate to remarry in 1985. My condolences to you and your family at this difficult time as you remember the Ed before dementia. Sincerely, Margaret Brewer Galbraith
Sorry to hear of the difficult time that Ed and family must have had with his illness,Was a great fellow. Haven't seen much of family recently, ,been quite a while since we swam in the pool. Children had fun. .Do remember picking up Paul once when he was walking with replenished gas can. Trust in God's Comfort and Care at this time.
Chris & Family...we are deeply sorry to hear of your loss, please accept our condolences The Inglis Family
Kelly, Brian & Families, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing and you will be in our thoughts in the coming days. We know he won the race to heaven's gates.
I have fond memories of my time with Ed. I became Ed’s accountant and friend many years ago at the time of his stressful transition from owning a British Leyland dealership to owning a Volkswagen dealership. Over the many years I have known him, I found him, besides being a good businessman, to be an excellent person in his dealings with his employees and customers. I distinctly remember my mother-in-law telling me of a time she was waiting at the curb on a rainy day for a bus outside of the dealership. When Ed saw her, he offered to drive her home, which she accepted. A true gentleman in all respects. I am sure looking down from above he would be proud of his son, Chris, carrying on business in the same friendly and gentlemanly fashion. This example is illustrated by Leavens VW recently being chosen by its employees as one of the best 25 dealerships to work for out of 3200 in Canada. I was privileged to have introduced Ed to small boat sailing on Fanshawe Lake. He soon became a competent sailor and graduated to sailing keel boats on Lake Huron and the Caribbean. I recall an enjoyable trip with Ed from Grand Bend to Tobermory, and then flying back to London in his friend’s small plane. Ed also became a competent pilot himself. He enjoyed flying a small high-winged plane, which I believe he called Popeye, out of a small landing strip north of London. I also recall introducing Ed, Pat, and my wife Sally to downhill skiing, but unfortunately none of them graduated from ‘Ken’s Ski School’ - a poor teacher I guess. Our condolences to the Leavens family for their loss, Ken & Sally
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To Pat and Family - Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss. It's been a long journey for Ed and for each of you. I've thought of you so often, and remember all the good times we shared together. And now, I can just imagine what "fun" Ed and Bill are having together! My caring thoughts are with you. Norma Clare
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