Georgian mourns the loss of long-time supporter Jack Leitch
May 19, 2020

John D. Leitch, O.C., known to everyone as Jack, a shipping industry leader, long-time friend and significant supporter of Georgian, passed away on May 12. He was 99.

Jack’s remarkable life story is shared and honoured in The Globe and Mail.

Woman and man sit under a Georgian umbrella at centre opening
Jack and Catherine Leitch at the opening of the Algoma Central Corporation Marine Emergency Duties Centre, 2016

Jack was a generous and passionate supporter of education and Georgian’s Centre for Marine Training and Research, located at the Owen Sound Campus. His accomplishments in the marine industry are legendary and have been celebrated by many.

In 2013, Georgian’s largest and most sophisticated marine navigation simulator, part of the Centre for Marine Training and Research, was named The Jack Leitch Bridge.

Read more about Jack’s generosity to Georgian.

The Jack Leitch Bridge at Owen Sound Campus, sign with boat in glass beneath it
The Jack Leitch Bridge, Centre for Marine Research and Training, Owen Sound Campus

Jack’s legacy is deeply rooted at Georgian and the impact of his support will inspire and educate future generations of students to come.

For those visiting the Owen Sound Campus, you’ll note that Jack Leitch also generously donated the shipping memorabilia displayed around the campus.

Georgian extends heartfelt condolences to Jack’s wife Catherine, his children and all the family.

As requested in the obituary, any individuals wishing to make a gift in honour of Jack can do so online.

Contributions are being directed to Georgian’s Centre for Marine Training and Research.