Leopold Zylka

Leopold Zylka

Sunday, November 15th, 1925 - Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at his home, at the age of 94. Beloved husband of Blanche. Loving father of Richard (Gillian), Edward (Joan) and Diane. Cherished grandfather of James, Philip, Stephen, Rachel (Stewart), the late Julie, Andrew, Genevieve and Dane and great-grandfather of Charlie and Reggie.

Due to the restrictions for COVID19, a Private Family Service will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 at the Armstrong Funeral Home (124 King St. E., Oshawa). Interment at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be left at

We are so sad that we have lost such a great man today. All of those who knew Leo, admired and looked up to him. He was intelligent, strong, determined, and so loved and respected by everyone - especially his family. We feel so privileged to have had so many wonderful years with him.

The 7th son of the late Pawel and Franciszka (Mielnicka) Zylka, Leo was as brave as they come. He survived the Nazis for 4 years in a labour camp. After moving to Canada as a young man, he used his skills and ingenuity to learn how to build his own homes and a beautiful cottage. He was a master carpenter who made his own furniture, all self-taught. He grew his own food and had the most glorious gardens and root cellar (he even saved seeds of his most prized vegetables to grow the following years). He was the kind of determined man that insisted on waterskiing in his 80’s - he had an appetite for life, he loved food, he was a man of his word, and held everyone to the highest standards. He was fiercely loyal and loved Blanche (Babcia) every day of the 69 years they were together - Leo and Blanche could light up the dance floor in their hayday!

Leo brought us together and was the cornerstone of our family. He was our rock. We know you are watching over us and we will use the tools you gave us all to get the most out of life. Leo, Dad, Dziadziu - you were a hell of a man, and will be so missed.
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    Armstrong Funeral Home
    124 King St. E.
    Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1B6
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  • Interment

    Resurrection Catholic Cemetery
    355 Taunton Rd. E.
    Whitby, Ontario L1R 3L4
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Posted at 11:21am
With deep regret we read of Leos passing. Somehow we thought this lovely man would go on forever! We remember fondly our card games of the past, The great anniversary party we attended, and Leos jovial personality.. Our thoughts are with you Blanche at this time. Sincerely _John and Betty Foley

Christine Blackburn

Posted at 03:34pm
We will miss you - to a wonderful, kind, strong man ... we are sending our condolences to family and friends. Rest in peace Leo.
Ron and Christine Blackburn and family

Karen howson

Posted at 08:19pm
Dear blanch Rick Ed and Diane I was terribly saddened by the news of Leo’s passing. I have wonderful and very fond memories of this great man. Always welcomed with open arms and a huge hug. You knew his sincerity was from the heart!!
To the entire family ; I am so sorry for your loss. The picture you choose was taken at your cottage. How fitting.
He will always have a place in my heart and can join my dad in future projects

With love to all Karen and garry😘😘😥

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