Leo Soligo

It is with great sadness that the family of Leo Soligo announce his passing on January 30, 2016 at 85 years of age. Leo passed away peacefully in the presence of his family after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Leo was born on January 8, 1931 in Trail, BC to Egidio and Linda (Picone) Soligo. Leo will be greatly missed by Darlene, his wife of 52 years, his children Leanne, Darryl (Priscilla) and Melissa, and his grandchildren Luca and Mya. He also leaves his sisters Lillian Bilesky and Norma McCluskie and his brother Ron as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be missed by his dog and best buddy Kahlua; one was seldom seen without the other.

After graduation from Trail High School, Leo was offered a hockey scholarship to Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO and graduated in 1953 with a BA in Business Administration. He returned to Trail and articled with the Chartered Accounting firm of Campbell and Yolland. Leo and a fellow student both received their CA designations in 1959 and soon after they formed the partnership Yolland, Soligo and Byers. Over the years many partnerships were formed until finally in 1993, L Soligo and Associates was created. This firm remained active in Trail until 2015, although Leo himself retired in 1999.

Leo was an active member of the Trail community, a place he loved dearly. He was a founding member of the Warfield Kinsmen Club and the Trail Kinsmen Club. He was a past president of the Trail Rotary Club receiving the Paul Harris Fellow. Through the years he acted as Treasurer of many organizations including the Rossland Trail Golf Course, People Loving People and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Sports were always his passion and Leo coached both hockey and baseball. He was an avid golfer, belonged to the Trail Curling Club and a long-time member of the Cristoforo Columbo Lodge enjoying the fellowship of his friends.

Leo and Darlene travelled a lot during their years together going to Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, and Bermuda. They finally settled for the winters in Arizona at the Sunbird Golf Resort, where they made many new friends, enjoyed the sun, golf and participated in the many community activities and organizations.

The family is very grateful to Gillyan Haden for her endless aid and support to Leo and Darlene during their time in Victoria. She was our ‘rock’ and holds a special place in our hearts.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the BC Cancer Clinic and Dr. Sally Smith in Victoria, BC, also the nursing staff and care aides of 8th Floor South Oncology as well as the nursing and rehab staff on 6th Floor North at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. We also thank the nursing staff of KBRH, 3rd floor, who supported Leo when he returned to Trail. Particular thanks goes to Dr. Sharon Ham at Royal Jubilee for everything she did for Leo and his family – we will be forever grateful.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 10:30 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Trail with Father Bart van Roijen, Celebrant. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Royal Jubilee Hospital Foundation at Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Wilson Block, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, BC, V8R 1J8, the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC, V1R 4M1 or the BC Cancer Society at 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3.

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