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June 20, 1983 - November 29, 2021

It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we share the sudden passing of Ryan Anthony Leiter on November 29, 2021.


He is survived by his wife Nikki and their two sons, Maxwell and Merrick; his parents Susan and Bob Willemsen; siblings Megan (Jared), Stephanie, Bobby (Kaitlyn); his parents Bruce and Judy Leiter; siblings Brendan (Katja) and Colton (Hannah); mother-in-law Susan Chenier; brothers-in-law David (Hannah) and Marc.


Born June 20, 1983, in Edmonton, Alberta, Ryan was the only child to Susan and Bruce and

one-of-a-kind. As his family grew, Ryan was fortunate enough to have two families who loved him more than anything before starting a family of his own.


Ryan, or “Leits” as many friends referred to him, was an amazing father, husband, son, brother, and friend. Whether it was his competitive spirit with golf or poker or his love for the greats like Tiger Woods, he would never hesitate to share his passions with everyone around him. He was honest, smart, and hilarious which usually resulted in many laughs and “teachable moments”. He had many soundtracks to his life and made sure he was up to date on his random sports knowledge, which was always impressive to hear. He had a huge heart and always made the people around him feel that love, especially his biggest loves, Maxwell and Merrick.


Married to Nikki in 2009, and together since 2003, they were blessed with the most precious gifts anyone could ask for, Maxwell and Merrick. Maxwell is already showing that he has his father’s intelligence and strong memory. Merrick is funny and upbeat which his mother would say comes from her, but secretly knows it’s from his dad. Ryan was a devoted father who loved his boys more than anything.


Ryan will forever be missed by his family, many friends, Staples family, and all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. This loss is shared by all of us.


To honour his life and memory, a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 11, at Greendell Community Centre (75 Woodlawn Avenue) at 3:00 pm. Contact for a link to attend virtually.


Join us as we come together during the hard times to remember the good times. . In the meantime, Ryan’s family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories using the comment section on this page.


A trust will be set-up for Maxwell and Merrick in the new year. Memorial donations in honour of Ryan will be gratefully accepted.


Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

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