|Born||November 6, 1942|
|Died||April 1, 2015 (aged 72)|
|Commands held||Chief of the Land Staff|
|Awards||Commander of the Order of Military Merit|
Canadian Forces Decoration
Leach graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in Economics and Commerce in 1965 and was commissioned into the Canadian Army. He went on to command a Logistic Battalion. From 1977 he worked in a series of senior administrative and finance positions at National Defence Headquarters and from 1987 he held various supply and logistics appointments there.
In 2000 he was appointed a Vice President Operations with Honeywell Canada Logistic Services and in 2005 he was made a Vice President of Mincom Defence. Leach was Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Museum of History. He was also a board member of the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Leach was also on the Executive Committee of the Military Families Fund and was the Colonel Commandant of the Logistics Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces.
He was married to Canadian artist Mary Louise Leach, who died in 2003; Both he and his wife are buried at The National Military Cemetery at Beechwood. They had three children. Leach died in Ottawa on April 1, 2015.
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