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Dr. Glynn Arthur Leyshon

LEYSHON, Dr. Glynn Arthur - Dr. Glynn Arthur Leyshon, husband, father, coach, professor, author, singer, wood carver and raconteur died on Thursday November 15th, 2018. Glynn was born in Hamilton in 1929 and grew up a ?depression baby? - a fact he never let his kids forget. Glynn leaves behind his wife of 60 years Judy Leyshon, and his four children: Rhysa, Sian and her husband Angus, Gar and his wife Tracey, and Tal and his wife Kate. His grandchildren Tavish, Kynyn, Griffyn, Avery, and Roen will all miss him, as will his extended family of former wrestlers across Canada. Glynn is predeceased by his siblings Dorothy, Gethyn, and Ken. Glynn graduated from the University of Western Ontario 1954 and went on to teacher?s college in Toronto. He taught high school Phys.ed and English in Thunder Bay, Scarborough and London. While in Thunder Bay he met a lovely nurse named Judith Milligan at a dance and wooed her by stealing her turkey drumstick. Somehow it worked and they were married in 1958. In 1964 Glynn, armed with a Master?s degree, left London Central S.S. and began teaching at the University of Western Ontario, as well as coaching football and wrestling. Ever ambitious, in 1969 Glynn dragged his family to Eugene, Oregon for a year returning with a PhD, and some very odd stories about rats. Glynn became a tenured professor shortly thereafter and taught anatomy and kinesiology at Western until his retirement in 1996. He also served time as Western?s Athletic Director and Assistant Dean of Kinesiology. As a student Glynn was the captain of the U.W.O. wrestling team and was a Canadian Champion in 1952. He returned to coach the team from 1964-80 and led the Mustang mat men to multiple Ontario and National Championships. Glynn was also the de facto founder and ?president for life? of the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Association and one of the original founders of the London Amateur Wrestling club. In the 1970?s Glynn ?Big Louie? Leyshon coached the Canadian National wrestling team and took them on trips to exotic locations like Cuba, Russia, Iran, Romania and Guelph. After leading teams to the World Championships and Commonwealth Games he was named the 1980 Olympic Team Coach. Glynn retired from coaching when the Canadian government caved to American pressure and boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics. In his retirement years Glynn spent a great deal of time at the cottage he loved, singing whenever and wherever anybody would allow it, writing a surprising number of books, carving ducks, and giving his children plenty of free advice. In his later years Glynn was afflicted with Parkinson?s disease, which slowed him down considerably. Glynn Leyshon's strong opinions and work ethic, self-confidence, honesty, sense of humour, and generous heart will be missed. He will be mourned as a man who cared deeply for his family and friends, as well as the many students and athletes he mentored. All are invited to a celebration of Glynn's life on Saturday, January 5th, from 1-5 pm in Western's Great Hall, London, ON. Those wishing to make donations in Glynn's name are asked to do so directly to Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario (www.parkinsonsociety.ca) or the Western Wrestling Scholarship in his name, the Dr. Glynn Leyshon Award www.westernconnect.ca/leyshon.13312848
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Thinking of the family
Posted by Kelly Grindstaff (family friend) On Saturday, January 5, 2019
Tal, Sian, Gar, Rhysa and Judy,

On the day I learned of Glynn's passing, I had just been thinking about how connected Laura and I were to your family in my formative years. I know Glynn was a big part of who you all are and I thank him for that and offer my sincerest condolences. My most recent memory of him is when I was sitting outside Thames Hall and he observed that I had put on weight and offered me some free advice to lose it - ever candid! Know I am thinking of you all. Love, Kelly

a friend
Posted by k.galil (colleague) On Thursday, December 13, 2018

we miss him.He was a colleague in the department of anatomy & cell biology.My lectures came before his& we had a fun he is a wrestler&I am a boxer& he would tease me by applying a wrestling hold when he snuck behind me to tell me that my lecture time is up.we collaborated on writing on the Temoporonadibular joint&teeth,in his usual humourous way he titled it that pain in the neck may be caused by TMJ syndrome march 1989Londn free press.He will be missed Khadry Galil professor at Western

a friend
Posted by k.galil (colleague) On Tuesday, December 11, 2018
we miss him.He was a colleague in the department of anatomy & cell biology.My lectures come before his& we had a fun he is a wrestler&I am a boxer& he would tease me by applying a wrestling hold when he snuck behind me to tell me that my lecture time is up.we collaborated on writing on the Temoporonadibular joint&teeth,in his usual humourous way he titled it that pain in the neck may be caused by TMJ syndrome march 1989Londn free press.He will be missed Khadry Galil professor at Western

A good friend
Posted by From the Toal family (Church friends) On Friday, November 23, 2018
My parents, Stan and Dorothy Toal, were friendly with Glynn and Judy. Stan and Glynn sang together in the church choir and enjoyed each others company. Glynn helped Dad to write a memoir of his childhood with Glynn's trademark humour. Rest in peace, Glynn!
Condolences
Posted by Jack Foxworthy (Acquaintance) On Thursday, November 22, 2018
My dearest sympathy to the Leyshon family. I only met Glynn once and it was at the London Sports Hall of Fame Dinner where Glynn and my father (Sammy), along with others, were inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. We had a nice chat and I could tell that, in our short discussion, he was a very worthwhile recipient and a fine individual!

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