In memory of

Leendert "Leo" Schotte

June 10, 1941 -  February 3, 2019

Leo (Leendert Philippus) Schotte (June 10, 1941- Feb. 3, 2019)

Born in Rotterdam to Leen and Erkje Schotte, Leo was the youngest of seven children. The family emigrated to Edmonton in 1953. Leo was the first in his family to attend university, graduating with a BA in Political Science from the University of Alberta. After relocating to Toronto in 1972, he worked tirelessly on a wide range of business ventures, focusing on scrap metal recycling and breweries (Bond Metal Powders, S. Cronish and Sons, Rhodes Tanks). He had ambitious plans for local improvements and international collaborations alike.

Unfailingly generous, Leo loved to celebrate with musicians, neighbours, and family members from coast to coast. He was a long-time supporter of the Toronto jazz scene, and immensely proud of his children. He was a voracious reader, and passionate about politics and economics.

Leo died peacefully after suffering for the past several years from dementia caused by a series of strokes. Survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Diane (née Thompson), children Margaret (Heather) and Jan (Rashida), and grandchildren Evelyn, Corinna, Juliet, Spencer, and Elsie. He was predeceased by two sisters. He is remembered by his surviving siblings, and his nieces and nephews across Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands. The family is grateful for the warm care he received at Cedarvale Terrace.

A celebration of Leo’s life will take place at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre 375 Mount Pleasant Road (east gate entrance) on Sat. Feb. 9 from 3-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society or a charity of your choice. For on line condolences, please visit


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Jane Greenham McGinnis (Friend of Diane)

Entered February 7, 2019 from San Niguel decAllende, Mexico

Sending much love and healing light to all of you.

Lucy Carrick (Friend of Diane’s)

Entered February 7, 2019

Dearest Diane - Thinking of you... Love and hugs, Lucy

Manfred and Karin Buehner (Friend)

Entered February 7, 2019 from Scarborough

We will remember Leo as a gentle man with a good sense of humour. He was a great jazzfan, a passion we shared with him. May he rest in peace, we shall not forget him.

Bud Thompson (Family friend)

Entered February 7, 2019 from San diego

I am so sorry for all the complications you had been going through. You were a very good friend to my dad (Don DT Thompson) and always very kind to me as a child. RIP.

Emi Yano (Friend of the Jan)

Entered February 7, 2019 from Toronto

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending comfort in this time of sadness.


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