Community Mourns Passing Of Douglas LeBreton

Douglas LeBreton passed away April 12, after battling illness. (Obituary Photo)

By Charlie Senack, Manotick Messenger

Douglas LeBreton, the husband of former Government Leader of the Senate Marjory LeBreton, has died. 

The longtime Manotick resident passed away at the Prince of Wales Manor on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Known for living “an interesting and free-spirited life”, LeBreton, who would have turned 88 this May,spent the past year and a half dealing with a myriad of health issues. 

“With thanks to Dr. Jeff Hovey for the wonderful care he provided over the past decade, the staff of Prince of Wales Manor for their care and attention during the past year and to the staff at LHIN who provided assistance and guided us through this difficult time,” his obituary read. “Finally, a special word of gratitude to Jessica Medina of Seniors Solution who quite frankly contributed greatly to Doug’s quality of life and well-being. Thanks as well to Laura Gagnon and Debbie Abfalter of Seniors Solution.”

On Twitter Senator Donn Platt, who is the Leader of the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Senate, shared his condolences. 

“Saddened to hear of the passing of Senator Marjory LeBreton’s husband Douglas,” Platt wrote. “On behalf of the (Senate Conservative) caucus, I wish to convey our deepest sympathies to our former colleague & her family. Please know that your political family mourns with you. Most sincere condolences.”

In 1959 LeBreton, an auto mechanic, married Marjory Mulvagh (now LeBreton), who grew up on a farm in City View near the corner of what is now Meadowlands and Chesterton. They went on to have two children, Linda and Michael. 

In 1996 Linda and her son Brian, 12, were killed when the car they were in was hit by a drunk driver on Greenbank Road between Hunt Club and Fallowfield. Travelling back home from a family birthday party,  Linda’s husband Ed Holmes, and their two other children, were injured in the crash. 

In the years after their passing, the LeBretons became actively involved in Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which the family is now requesting donations be made to in Douglas’ memory. 

CFRA Traffic reporter Maddy Eisenberg, Douglas’ granddaughter, posted this older photo of them together after his passing. (Twitter)