Leonard Lewis Secord
Leonard Lewis Secord, of Columbia Falls, passed away at the Brendan House on Aug. 14, 2019. He was 86.
Leonard was born to Albert and Pearl McCauley Secord on April 23, 1933. He and his four brothers were raised in a home at the base of Nucleus Avenue in Columbia Falls- now the Farmers Insurance Office. Dad grew up roller skating in the old Talbot School building, cleaning the Park Theater for a free movie ticket, and avoiding school as much as possible.
He was known for his talent as a welder- having worked at Anaconda/ARCO/Columbia Falls Aluminum Company for 39 years, 8 months. He rarely missed a day. As a younger man, Dad worked as a “gandy dancer,” changing out sections of railway track by hand, and in construction of the Hungry Horse Dam. He expected perfection of himself- and his kids, maybe too much perfection. But, as Jeff says, “Dad’s tough training made the rest of my life and anyone else’s expectations seem easy.” Thank you, Dad.
Dad served his community as a volunteer fireman (20 years), a Little League officer and coach, a Union Trades Council officer, and city councilman (1 year). He considered himself an “honorary board member” of the Nite Owl Restaurant, probably wished George Steinbrenner would call him for advice on his beloved Yankees.
Dad was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Albert Junior, Jack, and Gary, and brother-in-law, Robert McMillian.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Gladyce McMillian Secord, and children, Rilla Secord Presser, Jeff (Christa) Secord, Tim Secord, and Mandi (Spencer) Leer. His grandchildren are Chad Falcon, Alyssa (Aaron) Keil, Samantha (Jared) Dews, Angela Presser, Brady Secord, Logan Secord, and Kassidy Leer. Great-grandchildren are Tyler, Conner, Lexi and Ian.
Leonard also leaves the last of his generations of Secords, brother Bill (Barb) Secord of Elk, Washington, and sister-in-law, Sharon Secord. In addition, he is survived by sister-in-law Donna Jacka and Dorothy McMillian, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Probably most precious of our memories of our dad are his “original songs,” made up spontaneously with a little jig; his die-hard devotion to the Columbia Falls Wildcats; and his special connection with grandson, Logan, who is unable to be in Montana at this time.
No formal services are planned currently. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Brendan House 500’s for their exceptional care of Leonard, and love for the whole family. We are forever grateful. Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls is caring for the family.