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Vale Peter Leonard

By Hammo 24 September 2008 28

The Canberra Times is reporting the passing of veteran newsreader, Peter Leonard. He was aged 66, and succumbed to mesothelioma.

He was a personality who possessed a keen enthusiasm, excellent personality, and high level of intelligence.

My deepest condolences to his family. R.I.P, Mr. Leonard.

[ED – The ABC also has a report.]

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bd84 10:28 pm 24 Sep 08

Having met Peter in passing a few times, he seemed like a very nice man. He did a lot for Canberra news and probably one of the reasons why WIN news has survived when most other stations have not and to that one of the last traditional news readers. He will be missed.

I-filed 10:10 pm 24 Sep 08

I expect that, at an appropriate time, someone will suggest a “living memorial” fund to fund a scholarship or something that relates to PL’s interests rather than a ‘landmark’. It will be massively subscribed with donations for sure.

Bundah_Bloke 10:06 pm 24 Sep 08

Does anyone know how or where he was exposed to asbestos? It must have surely been a significant exposure.

Cameron 9:52 pm 24 Sep 08

cranky said :

And may I be the first to call for a suburb/major landmark to be named after Peter Leonard.

I don’t think I need to qualify why Peter is held in greater regard than virtually any other Canberra resident.

You would perhaps need to qualify naming a suburb or major landmark after a newsreader.

cranky 7:32 pm 24 Sep 08

And may I be the first to call for a suburb/major landmark to be named after Peter Leonard.

I don’t think I need to qualify why Peter is held in greater regard than virtually any other Canberra resident.

Overheard 6:52 pm 24 Sep 08

Couple of things from above.

* Didn’t realise that there was a ‘leave him/us alone and no comment’ from family in February. On that basis he should have been left alone. In whose interest is it if he doesn’t want to make it anyone else’s business? Some people do a power of good by publicising their interests if it helps araise awareness/funds. But if his choice was to go to ground, shame on those who wanted THE TRUTH TO BE TOLD.

As for publicising the cause of death, again that’s the family’s cause.

“Mum, why did you tell everyone dad died of syphillus when he died of diarrhoea?”
“I wanted them to think of him as a great lover, not a weak sh!t.”

* Euphemisms — I mostly get the spelling of that wrong. I abhor them, but by Bob we all deal with grief in our own way, so let people be. My teeth go on edge when I heard, ‘I’m sorry to hear of your father’s passing’ (passing? no, he’s not passing anything) or ‘Your uncle’s gone’ (gone? he’s not going anywhere!) ‘I heard you lost your brother’ (“No, I haven’t lost him. His ashes are under a rock in Pioneers’ Walk at Norwood — look for the faded orange guitar plectrum’).

But that’s me, and the words death and dying are like red hot pokers to others, so let them be.

Pandy 6:24 pm 24 Sep 08

iCried

cranky 5:50 pm 24 Sep 08

Not unexpected, but a tragedy anyway.

Almost as though a close friend has gone. Many years ago, Peter did the Saturday morning stint on the ABC. An absolute pleasure, and Peter indoctrinated me as a listener to the wonders of Stephane Grapelli. Another rare pleasure was when the normal weekday breakfast presenter on the ABC called in sick, and the clock alarm came on to Peter’s dulcet tones.

You will be missed.

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