Ron Leach Obituary, Death – The Canadian film and television industry mourns the loss of Ron Leach, a veteran casting director, producer, and director known for his boundless generosity and unwavering passion for his craft. Ron Leach’s sudden passing on March 7 at Toronto General Hospital.
Following a brief illness has left a void that will be felt deeply by those who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. He was 68 years old. Born and bred in Toronto, Ron Leach’s career spanned more than three decades, during which he made a significant impact on the entertainment landscape. His credits were as diverse as they were numerous, showcasing his exceptional talent and dedication.
Not only was he a prolific casting director for prestigious clients such as Hallmark, Lifetime, MarVista Entertainment, CTV, Anchor Bay, CBS, Fox, Paramount, and Global TV, but he also lent his expertise as a drama coach, guiding aspiring talents toward their full potential. Ron’s contributions extended beyond casting, as he ventured into directing and producing.
He helmed over 10 short films, including notable works like “Altarcations” and “Shaky Grounds,” produced projects that left lasting impressions, such as “A Brief History of the Unicorn” by Mina Sewell Mancuso and “Shurtleff,” a feature-length documentary by Mitchell Gabourie. A stalwart supporter of the arts, Ron served on the boards of various arts organizations and was a distinguished juror at multiple festivals, including the Future of Film Showcase.
He was a dedicated educator, imparting his knowledge of acting for the camera to students both in Canada and abroad, leaving an indelible mark on the next generation of performers. Ron Leach’s legacy was defined not only by his professional accomplishments but also by his personal qualities.
His infectious laughter, captivating storytelling, and boundless generosity endeared him to everyone he encountered. He was a guiding light, always willing to lend a helping hand, offer encouragement, and share his wealth of knowledge with others. As we come to terms with the loss of this remarkable individual, we remember Ron’s favorite question to his students and friends: “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”
His words continue to resonate, inspiring us to reach for our dreams with the same courage and determination that he embodied throughout his life. Tributes from across the industry and beyond continue to pour in, a testament to the profound impact Ron Leach had on countless lives.
He leaves behind a legacy of kindness, passion, and dedication that will continue to shape the Canadian entertainment industry for generations to come. In honor of Ron Leach’s memory and his immeasurable contributions, we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him. May his spirit live on through the stories we share, the lessons we’ve learned, and the inspiration he ignited within each of us.