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article imageWidow Wants Const. Leo Johnston Reburied In National RCMP Cemetery

By KJ Mullins     Sep 19, 2007 in Lifestyle
Constable Leo Johnson was among four Mounties killed by gunman Jim Roszko at his Mayerthorpe-area farm March 3, 2005. It was the worse loss of life day in the history of the RCMP. His wife wants him to be reburied in Regina's National RCMP cemetery.
Johnson's body is at rest currently in Lac La Biche where his family requested. Kelly Johnston agreed at the time not knowing about the national cemetery. The case is in court to decide where Johnson's final resting place will be according to a Canoe report.
"Depot was a very special and meaningful place for us, as it was there that we first said we loved each other," wrote Johnston. "Knowing my husband, I truly believe that he would have chosen the RCMP cemetery at Depot as his final resting place.
"I believe in my heart that this act of reinterment is the best way to honour and respect my husband and that is the way he would have wished to be immortalized."
At the heart of the manner is Johnson's family who want his body to remain in Lac La Bichie so that they can visit it more often.
"The family visits the gravesite every day," said Greg Lintz, who is representing Leo's parents, Ron and Grace Johnston. "To take that away is certainly not advisable."
Johnson's wishes are unknown as he didn't leave behind a will.
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Denny Thomas will make a decision soon. He will issue a written judgment as soon as he can.
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