James "Jim" Leggate
1932 - 2023
James "Jim" Leggate
Visitation Information
May 26, 2023
Visitation Time
6-8 PM
Visitation Location
Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro
Service Information
Service Date
Saturday May 27, 2023
Service Time
3:30 PM
Service Location
Mattatall - Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro
Burial Information
Burial Date
May 27, 2023
Burial Location
Folly Village Cemetery, Highway 2, Glenholme
Requested Charity
STEPS on Arthur or Colchester Food Bank
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James "Jim" Leggate – 90, Glenholme, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday afternoon, May 21, 2023, at Shannex Debert Court, Debert. Born in Chapelton, Scotland, he was a son of the late Gavin and Margaret (Wilson) Leggate.

Jim farmed in Scotland prior to immigrating to Canada with his wife, Mary, and their two eldest children, Gavin and Margaret, arriving through Pier 21 on December 4, 1964. Jim worked as a farm hand in Shubenacadie and later purchased his own farm in Rines Creek. In 1984, Jim, Mary and their two youngest children, Heather and James, moved to Glenholme where he worked in the forestry industry for well over 40 years and also helped Mary at her store, Glenholme General Store. Jim was a member of the former Erskine United Church where he served on the Board of Stewards and he was also the caretaker of Folly Village Cemetery in Glenholme for many years.

He and Mary enjoyed travelling together, most notably their train trip across Canada, touring Newfoundland and sleeping in their van and family trips to Cuba and Scotland. He enjoyed going for long drives, reading, writing short stories and trivia of any kind, whether watching Jeopardy or doing crossword puzzles. Above all, he was a true family man who loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary (Hannah); children, Gavin Leggate, Rines Creek; Margaret (Larry) Hardy, Necum Teuch; Heather Leggate (Kevin Bushey), East Village; James Leggate (Christina Millar), Five Mile River; grandchildren, Bryson (Chelsea), Noah, Hayley, William, Angus, Maura (Tristan), James, Pearl, Clarissa, Nick (Jenna); great grandchildren, Trait, Flynn, Everly, Archie, Jamieson; siblings, Murray (Christine) Leggate, Helen Orr, Ian Leggate, Janey (Clive) Denton, Andrew (Christine) Leggate, Elizabeth (Jim) Watson, all of Scotland; sister-in-law, Mary Leggate, Scotland; brother-in-law, Jim Frame, Scotland; several nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Trish Leggate; siblings, Margaret Leggate in infancy, Martin (Morag) Leggate, Alex Leggate, Faye Frame.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Debert Court for the exceptional care and compassion shown to Jim and his family during his time there; we will be forever grateful.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Jim’s family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 26, 2023, and funeral service 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2023, Reverend Marty Clark-Ettinger officiating. Reception will follow. Interment in Folly Village Cemetery, Glenholme. If so desired, donations in Jim’s memory to STEPS on Arthur or Colchester Food Bank are welcomed. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Jim’s obituary on-line at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com