Leo Joseph Barthelotte

Passed 10/01/2020

Obituary for Leo Joseph Barthelotte

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Léo Barthelotte.

Léo was born in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. He was the eldest son of the late William Barthelotte and Clémentine (Theriault) Barthelotte.

Léo was raised in Eel River Crossing, NB. He completed his trade as a barber in nearby Bathurst, then arrived in Halifax by train in the late 1960’s. He started his career as Halifax’s first hair stylist at the Golden Clipper. As a Francophone immersed in an Anglophone city, he quickly developed his English-speaking skills with his co-workers, clients and friends.

Léo, with his business partner and dear friend, Cliff MacKay opened their own hairstyling / barber shop, Kings Krown.
Léo was happiest standing behind his shop chair cutting the hair of all whom he considered dear friends. His loyal clientele followed him for over half a century. Léo loved music, movies and good food. He had a passion for life, chocolate and anything or anyone sweet!

Léo always looked forward to his trips back home to Eel River Crossing, New Brunswick, where all his siblings reside. He cherished long drives in his BMW convertible, as it provided him with the joy of driving, with the breeze blowing through his hair while listening to his favorite music.

Léo was a master swimmer and pool player. He was one of the first Polar Bear Dip participants in Halifax. He studied Martial Arts and participated in the art of Tia Chi under the recommendation of his dear friend Art Lloyd. During recent years, Léo was a soldier in the Salvation Army, Westville, NS. He shared fellowship and spiritual shepherding,and developed a closer relationship with Jesus. Léo was a devoted husband to his wife of forty years, Sue. They resided in Halifax until this past year, when they moved to MacLellan’s Brook, Pictou County to share a new home in the countryside. Over the years, he enjoyed his fury companions with dogs Lady, Fox, Neige, and Lady Lily; his cats Snowball, Pussilla and Paul.

He is survived by his loving wife Sue (Rossiter), children: Jay Barthelotte (wife Jean) and André Barthelotte (partner Tammy), step daughter Jill McQuinn (husband Scott),his siblings Gisèle, Claude, Eugène (wife Rina), Roger and Lise (husband Pierre). Leo’s legacy also includes his three beautiful granddaughters: Hallie and Ashlee McQuinn and ‘dancing delight’ Renée Barthelotte.
Léo was predeceased by his parents William Barthelotte and Clémentine (Theriault) Barthelotte, sister Claudette, brother Ernest and his former wife and the mother of his sons, Florence (MacNeil) Barthelotte.

Much thanks goes to Dr. Ernest B. Johnson, who was his lifelong physician and friend, providing passionate health care and advice on life.

Léo was a BIG GUY with a huge heart, a gentle touch and deep soul. He was much loved by us all, and will truly be missed.

Until we meet again…

Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, a private family service will held on Friday, October 16th at Salvation Army Citadel Fairview.

In lieu of flowers, donations In Léo’s memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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Very sorry to hear of Leo's passing ... I was looking forward to another cut once this damned pandemic is over. Leo was my guy since 1967 and we shared many stories over the years ... movies, music, likes and dislikes ... and I shall miss his insights and sense of humor. My deepest sympathy and fondest memories go out to you, Sue, and the children. Stay strong and stay safe!
- Porter Scobey
Hi my dear friend Sue & Family, I only found out about my buddy passing away. Leo and I were very goof friend as he did the best job on my hair for well over 50 years. I will miss his loving kindness and the odd hugs as special friends in life. My relationship with him was like a brother and we spent some time talking abour the wonderful hope prtrayed in the bible for a better future. He had respect for Jehovah and we did speak briefly about the resurrection back to this earth but in a paradise setting meant to be. Jesus said those returning will have excellent heath and no one would ever die, with prospects of living forever with our friends and families. I look forward to reuniting with him and once again enjoy great haircuts READ Rev. 21: 3 - 5 as an encouragement to you. Your friend.... Barry
- Barry Connor
Sue, Andre, and family. My deepest condolences. I was so sorry to learn of Leo's passing. For over 20 years I always enjoyed our conversation, while getting the best haircut in town. Thank you for posting the photos of Mr. Leo. It was fun, growing along with him. His later years were his strongest. Kudos to a fine man and his accomplishments. His kindness will certainly be missed by all. Bob McKim
- Bob McKim
My sincerest condolences to Jay and Andre -- and all of Leo's family and friends. I have vivid images of Leo from very early in my life. I couldn't have been older than five or so. This was back in the early 80s. At that time, I wanted to look like the Fonz from the television show Happy Days. I would arrive at his shop excited -- which at that time was on Spring Garden Road. Leo made me feel important and heard. I was animated and told him that I wanted hair like the Fonz. Leo took my requests seriously. And he made a point of talking while he cut my hair, sharing details about what was happening in his life and inquiring about mine. He cared. Not only did this make me feel special and heard but his skills with hair also meant that I looked and felt great! Through all these years those experiences still stand out and I think they speak to the quality of Leo's character, the skill and care he brought to his craft. I'm lucky for that. Thanks Leo! Sincerest regards to his family and friends.
- Wes Furlotte
Sue and Family: My sincere condolences on the passing of Leo. For over 40 years we shared our joys and sadness while listening to Cliff and his stories. It was always a pleasure to come for a hair styling. You were certainly the best in Halifax. May God bless you and may god bless your family and his beloved dogs. Now he is resting in his Saviour's arms. May his memories comfort you at this time and though out the rest of your lives. R.I.P.
- John Sharples
Sue, to you and all of Leo's dear ones, Dorothy and I send you our sympathy and love.. I have known Leo for over fifty years and he was much more than my barber. He was a good friend. Over the years , we have shared so much of each other's lives, the happy times and the sad times. Sue, Dorothy and I will NOT lose touch. Take care and be good to yourself. Leo adored you. Don Sawler
- Don Sawler
Sending heartfelt condolences to Sue, Jill, Jay and Andre. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories of Leo. Peace be with you all. Richelle and Jamie Sparks
- Richelle Sparks
To Sue and family. We all have our memories and cute stories of Leo that will keep him alive in our hearts. We feel so blessed to have had Leo in our extended family. Glenn and Nanci McQuinn
- Nanci MCQuinn
Sending my DEEPEST, DEEPEST sympathy to you Sue and ALL the rest of Leo's family & friends!! Although it has been many years since I have seen you; I always fondly remember you both as you frequently visited Liz and Murray down the Valley over the years! I will always have great memories of you both! SADDENED to learn this news and sending you hugs! I will be keeping you in my thoughts in the days ahead! Sincerely, ("Your country friend") Angie RIP LEO IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE MET YOU!!
- Angie Burns
Sue, my condolences to you & your family.
- Hugh Mac Gregor
So sorry to hear about Leo. I remember him from Kings Krown. He was such a lovely man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
- Mary Kelly
Sue I am so sorry to hear of Leo's passing.....he will surely be missed by all. There were many laughs over the years growing up with him and Dad (Joe Graves). The stories are endless! Remembering the good times and keeping you and your family in my heart and prayers during this difficult time. Devera Graves
- Devera Graves
I am very sorry to learn of Leo's passing. He always had a smile and a friendly word for everyone.
- Jo-Ann vanVulpen
Sue, I know words can't take away the hurt you are feeling. I am sending you and your family my love and strength at this most difficult time. All the beautiful memories you had together will give you the strength to carry on, Leo is at peace and pain free. Mary Graves
- Mary Graves
Jay, Andre, Sue & families....We were heartbroken to learn of Leo's passing. Seems he's been part of my life for more than 50 years. So, so many great memories. He was family to our family. He'll never be forgotten. Wishing you love & strength as you go on without him. Mom & Dad will watch over him. Bob & Judy Powers & family
- Judy Powers
Sue--Richard & I are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you & your family. Marjorie MacFarlane
- M.MacFarlane
My condolences to Leo's family, My thoughts and prayers are with you, I remember Leo very well when he was employed with Joe Graves at the Golden Clipper. Leo was the only one I really trusted outside of Joe to cut my hair. He was a great barber and always had a pleasant personality and laughed easily. Another one of the good guys gone too soon. R.I.P. Leo.
- Gary MacLeod
I remember hearing a story of how the cat got sticky ears. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to all.
- Marcy Rumble
Sue,So sorry to learn of Leo's passing. May the comfort of family and friends help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts.and prayers are with you and your family. Anne and Ken Dorey
- Anne Dorey
To Sue & Family: I have come to know Leo in his early days of Barbering. First at the Golden Clipper Shop in the Halifax Insurance Building on Spring Garden Rd., where he began his Career. Then to his own shop, the Kong Krown on Spring Garden Rd,. Leo always extended a kind hand to me and came with a great sense of humour. Let it be known he was a great peoples person. " Please accept our deepest sympathy on his passing." In Faith: Marion & Jerry Pye
- Jerry Pye
Jay, Sue, and family, please accept my condolences for the loss of Leo. I have known Jay for 35 years and got to know Leo through him. My prayers are with you all at this time.
- James Campbell
Sue, our deepest condolences to you & your family. May your many fond memories give you comfort. Margaret Ann & Stephen Mac Donald
- M MacDonald
Sue, it is with a sad heart that I offer my condolences on the loss of Leo. He was "one special" person. Mary-Martin
- Mary Martin
Dear Sue: I am so shocked and saddened to read of Leo's death this morning. I have been his client for over fifty years and I have lost a good friend and I will miss our visits when getting my hair cut, the most recent just September 14, 2020! Cherish all the wonderful memories you have Sue and stay strong. RIP my friend Leo!.
- Ed Campbell
Sue, so sorry to hear of Leo's death. May God's promises of a joyous reunion provide comfort in the days ahead. Praying for you in this season of grief.
- Nancy MacDonald
May God Bless you Leo and my deepest condolences to Leos family. Many a laugh & good chats we had. a Beautiful person.
- Robert Small
So sorry for your loss, he shall be sadly missed. Just remember the good times and that he is now at peace.
- Hugh Campbell
Sue, I am so sorry to hear of Leo's passing. Thinking of you and your family. Over my time with the kettles, each of you were such great help to me. May beautiful memories bring you comfort. Susan Mumford
- Susan Mumford

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