Posted: December 31st, 2021

1963 ~ 2021


With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Eric William Leeks, who passed away peacefully at home in the loving arms of his family in Medicine Hat, AB, on Tuesday, December 28th, 2021, at the age of 58. Eric was born in Eatonia, Saskatchewan on January 27th, 1963, to Frederick and Phyllis (Denton) Leeks.

Eric leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Carolyn MacLean-Leeks along with his children, Devin (Amanda) Leeks and their children, Ryker and Amelia; Erika Leeks and her daughter, Vada; and Carleen Smyke and her children, Nikki, Dezmon, Kaiden and Aaryn all of Medicine Hat. He is also survived by his brothers, Russell Leeks (Weyburn, Sask) and Mark Leeks (Medicine Hat); his sister, Mary Gauthier (Medicine Hat); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Eric was predeceased by his sisters, Margaret Tatum, Lynn McLeod and her husband, Harold; half-brother; Geoff Glasper; brother-in-law, Scott Gauthier; and parents-in-law, Alexander and Joan MacLean.

Eric grew up in Laporte, Sask. He moved to Medicine Hat with his family in 1979 and spent most of his life working in the oil field. He was a consultant up until his illness last year. He met the love of his life, Carolyn, in 1983 and they were married in July 2007 in Cape Breton. Eric loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also loved fishing, golfing, dancing and card games. He particularly enjoyed his trips to Cape Breton to visit Carolyn’s family and to British Columbia visiting Erika, along with camping and houseboating. Eric will also be missed by his best friend, his dog Diesel who he took on endless walks and drives.


“To you, and my Devin, and Erika,

I give you my heart, my soul

Because without you all

I would be lost”

Love Dad & Hubby


Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place, the service honouring Eric’s life will be by invitation only. The Celebration of Eric’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Murray Jaster officiating. The chapel service will be live-streamed and anyone wishing to experience the service are encouraged to visit and select the View Broadcast Button on the homepage at service time. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at If friends so desire, memorial donations in Eric’s name may be made directly to the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation (Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre), 666 – 5th Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6. Honoured to serve the family is



Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455 “Locally owned & directed”

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