Edgar passed away unexpectedly on January 23rd, 2018 at 1:30 PM at St. Anthony’s Hospital, The Pas, Manitoba at the age of 63 years.
He was surrounded by his family; brother Nelson; sister-in-law Rosie; brother-in-law Fred; nieces Sharon and Booty and nephews Keenan, Ross and Ian. (His niece Sharon transported her uncle to the hospital, on route he became unresponsive.)
Edgar was born on July 22nd, 1954 to his parents, Perly and Martha Leask in Birch River, Manitoba. He was raised and grew up in Shoal River Indian Reserve, now known as Sapotaweyak Cree Nation and Pelican Rapids Community. Edgar received his education in Pelican Rapids and continued high school at Frontier Collegiate Institute, Cranberry Portage, Manitoba and graduated with OEC Program.
Edgar is survived by his son Byron (Crystal), grandchildren Lukas, Lucic, Tikkanen and Bryton of Thompson, Manitoba; daughter Earlene (B.J.) and granddaughter Natayla, sons Jared and Errol of SCN and his step children James Kematch, Jason, Charlene and Brennan Quill.
Edgar met and married his love Doris on October 29th, 1994 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Pelican Rapids.
Edgar is survived by his siblings Hughie (Delores), Nora (Fred), Della, Selena (Dennis) and Nelson (Rosie); Uncles Harold Kematch and Ray Hamilton; Aunts Harriet Kematch, Betsy Kematch, Elizabeth Kematch and Emily Kematch; his sister in law Louella; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, choomies and chapans.
Edgar was predeceased by his parents Perly and Martha; brothers Alfred, Frederick and Willard; sister Priscella; Uncles Ralph Kematch, Clifford Kematch, Neil Dennis Kematch, Bruce Kematch, Hubert Kematch, Wesley Leask, Wilfred Leask, Josie Leask, Robert Leask, Kenny Cook, Richard Gott, Thomas Munro, Edward Stevens, Alec McLellan and Leonard Leask; Aunts Nora Cook, Clara Brass, Christanne Kematch, Nancy Leask, Bertha Gott, Nancy Stevens, Gertie Munro, Alice Campbell, Lillian McLellan, Eleanor Hamilton and Gladys Cook; grandparents Simon Peter and Bella Ann Kematch, Hugh and Elizabeth Leask; choomies Sandy Stevens, Tea Kematch, Erikson Cook-Gott and Jessica Cook; cousins Harry Leask, Gary Kematch, Andy and Audrey Kematch, Gail Cook,
Ethel Cook, Nelson “Muckitoon” Leask, Glen, Percy and Florence Munro; nephew Jonathon Cook; nieces Stephanie and Suella; brother in law George Moore and many other family members.
Edgar enjoyed sports in high school, he played as a baseball pitcher with Shoal River Braves and Aces, he travelled with his teams to many tournaments sometimes winning or losing. He traveled to hockey tournaments and watched his son, Errol play with (Swan Valley Stampeders and Parkland Rangers) also his choomies, Nathan, Landon and Sebastian. He loved to watch NHL Hockey on TV especially Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames then most recently the OCN Blizzards at GMLC. He would go and watch fastball and slow pitch tournaments in The Pas and Flin Flon.
Edgar was a very caring man as he helped care and raised his nieces, nephews and cousins to keep our families close.
He lead a quiet life, he lived the traditional and Christian ways of life as he accepted Jesus into his life. He loved his children dearly and was very protective as he wanted his children to learn the importance the gift of life, to learn their role and responsibilities. He kept in touch with his friends by telephone, he would drop in just to say hello, he would ask how his family, relatives and friends were doing.
He worked in Winnipeg, British Columbia and Edson, Alberta in different jobs. He worked as a helper with fishing in Dawson Bay. He joined the army with encouragement by his cousin Peter. He left with his brother Hugh and Alfred Campeau. He left his employment with Sapotaweyak Health Authority due to medical reasons, he also worked at the Loonie Bin in Sapotaweyak. He remained in SCN with his family until his health declined and he moved to The Pas to be closer to the hospital. He lived with his niece, Sharon and choomies Landon and Sebastian.