Observer founder dies at age 84

  • Jan. 12, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Doug Leach, the man who founded the Observer, died Jan. 4 at his home in Clay Hill, Tlell. He was 84. Mr. Leach started the Queen Charlotte Islands Observer with his wife Mable in the spring of 1969. They edited and published the newspaper every week until they sold it in 1985 and retired. Mr. Leach was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England in 1926, and served in the British Navy during World War 2. Trained as a physiotherapist, he moved to Canada in 1950 to work at the Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. He and Mable moved from the Lower Mainland to the islands in 1959. After retiring from the Observer, Mr. Leach volunteered on the board of health care organizations, and made weekly trips to both ends of the islands to visit seniors and hospital patients. A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday, Jan. 16 at the Port Clements community hall, starting at 2 pm.