Hubert Leach

Funeral Service

4:00 pm
Thursday, February 17, 2022
New Haven Funeral Centre Inc.
7025 Legion Rd
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Obituary of Hubert Owen Leach

Dear Heart, if you've ever considered doing something selfless and communal, do it! And in the memory of our dearly departed, African Canadian stalwart, Hubert Owen Leach.

Born August 16, 1936 in Barbados, he passed – at the age of 85 – in Toronto, Ontario, February 3, 2022, at the start of this year's Black History Month.


Among other things, Owen had been a student-at-Constitutional Law in the University of Birmingham, UK and travelled to the Soviet Union. He also ran for political office as Alderman Ward 2, Toronto. 


A founding member of our iconic Black Action Defence Committee (BADC) in 1988, Owen was also an active member of the Organisation of Parents of Black Children (OPBC), the Caribbean Cultural Committee (CCC-Caribana) and a founding organizer of the anti-apartheid movement in Toronto.


And, above all, there was his family: children, Marlon and Fayola Leach; grand-children Rizon and Asher Leach. His sister, Marjorie Leach.


Owen also did cherish, among other music, Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”.


Also, and a bit more specific, Owen was present along with other community organizers at Queens’ Park (1989) when, in response to the then anti-Black actions of the Metro police, the Black Action Defense Committee through its leadership (Dudley, Akua, Margaret, Clem, Cikiah, Akila etc.) established with the then Premier of Ontario, David Peterson, civilian oversight of police in Ontario, a global first in Canada, and also in the former British Empire. 

Owen’s steadfast character is also cemented, for example, in his additional chosen name, ‘Brother Sankara’, thereby ‘honouring the memory of that first African president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara (1983-1987) ‘assassinated by mercenaries’ opposed to an independent Africa. 


Owen was someone loyal, astute, scholarly; a community-based, family-builder. And a fighter, as cheerful as he was fearless against injustice, for community, for the oppressed.

Finally, to you, Hubert Owen ‘Sankara’ Leach, our dearly departed brother, as surpassing as you've been in all undertakings, selfless and communal’, so too do we, dear hearts in your community also grieve your passing: “R.I.P!”









Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022

Time: 4PM 

Location:  New Haven Chapel 

*By invite only*


Capacity limits for indoor.  Guests are asked to ensure social distancing of 2 metres (6 ft.), as well, masks and/or face shields must always be worn while inside the facility.  You will not be required to provide proof of vaccination when attending funeral visitations and services. 



Upon entry to the building, guests must:

  • Wear mandatory face shields and/or face masks.
  • Self-assess using the COVID signage at the entrance.

Restrictions that will remain in place are until March 1, 2022.

  1. Masks and/or face coverings are required. 
  2. Physical distancing of 2 metres (6 ft.) between people.
  3. 150 ppl maximum in the chapel.


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