Bevin Leipert was more than a beloved husband, father and friend.
He was all about giving back to the community.
“He always had a strong sense of direction when it came to making decisions and a strong sense what was the right thing to do, not the emotional thing,” said his wife, Violet.
“He always did what was the right thing to do. He was really committed, dedicated to everything he was involved in.”
Leipert, a longtime Shriner and financial planner with Leipert Financial, died of a stroke on Aug. 9 at the age of 64.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday at 4 p.m. at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. Donations can be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
“The community is going to miss him,” said Violet. “He cared passionately about it and about where he lived and the quality of life that we were able to bring and share with people.”
Born on June 26, 1950 in Melfort, Leipert received a degree in business administration and economics from Bemidji State College in Minnesota in 1971. He played on two provincial champion football teams at Central Collegiate and played for the Moose Jaw Canucks, a team he later coached from 1975 to 1977.
In 1976 he joined London Life and, for the 38 years, he partnered with his brother Brian at Leipert Financial.
He was always active in the community. Some of his previous roles included past president of the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of the Moose Jaw Union Hospital Foundation and past master of the Masonic Lodge.
“You only need to go into the Union Hospital and see his name on all the boards for all the money he put up over the years,” said Bill Johnstone, who knew Leipert through his work as a Shriner.
Leipert was also part of the Moose Jaw Kiwanis Club, the Moose Jaw Elks Club and was involved with fundraising for the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa. He was the chair of the multiplex steering committee and was on the fundraising board for the new Moose Jaw hospital.
“He was very conscious of his community and doing everything he could to help out,” said Brian.
Leipert was a Shriner for 25 years and served as provincial potentate of the Wa Wa Shrine in Saskatchewan in 2011.
“Being a Shriner, our main focus is to raise money for our hospitals,” said Johnstone. “Bevin was a big part of that.”
He added Leipert was always a strong leader and supporter in the community.
“He was always so organized and always one to get people doing this and doing that and would help set up the events, get people to them,” said Johnstone. “It was just second nature to him to get people going and if you don’t have people going, an event doesn’t go very well.”
Bill Jameson, a friend of Leipert, said Leipert also donated a lot of his own money to the causes he advocated.
“He was a terrific fundraiser,” he said. “He never, ever turned down help from anyone in the community who needed help.”
One of the many other causes he supported was the Festival of Trees.
“We had more Christmas trees coming out of our basement one year than most would have in a lifetime,” said Violet. “He saw value in things that would enhance the quality of life in Moose Jaw.”
“He left living legacies to both the Shrine and the Moose Jaw Hospital Foundation,” added Brian. “His legacy’s going to go on and on for years.”
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