Leo Major Has Died

A number of people, including his son, have contacted me to let me know that Leo Major died last week.  He passed away with his family in the early morning of October 12th.

Leo performed a number of heroic acts during World War II and remained a shining example throughout his life, including another amazing act in the Korean War.  You can read about his life in the Gallery of Heroes, as shared by his son, Jocelyn.  His friend, Willy Arseneault, was an inspiration to him.

I was able to interview him through his son and email last year.  Leo said he did what he did because it had to be done – a familiar response from heroes.  You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Leo’s death (and life) was recognized in the Canadian press this week and all across Zwolle in the Netherlands.  In the town where he saved many lives he is being remembered as a true, humble hero.

Leo Major in Zwolle (1995)
Leo Major in Zwolle (1995)
Leo Major at Willie Arsenault's Grave

Leo Major at the Grave of Willie Arsenault

Leo Major's Funeral

The Funeral of Leo Major

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2 Responses to Leo Major Has Died

  1. P. van de Velde December 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    I live in the town of Zwolle in the Netherlands, the Town Leo Major liberated. After his death a big street was named after him. A small street wouldn’t have done justice for what he has done. A true Hero.

    • Matt December 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

      Thanks for your comment. I will make it to Zwolle one day myself.