Conrad ‘Conny’ Leber, 96, dies

Mississauga, ON — Longtime Standardbred owner Conrad Leber, 96, of Montreal, Quebec, died Jan. 1, 2022, surrounded by his adoring family.

He was born to Elizabeth and Frederic Leber on May 14, 1925, in Liepling, Romania and immigrated to Canada in 1932 along with his brother Fred Leber, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Rose Coty; and is the amazing father and father-in-law to Andrea (David Coble), Conrad (Rochelle Cantor) and Tina (Andreas Kragaris). He was the humorous and kidding grandfather to Nicholas, Gregory, Jack, Jade and Jamie.

His involvement and ownership in semi pro sport clubs from the late 1940s to the early 1970s in soccer and baseball allowed him to travel the world. His creation and success of the Beer Garden in Expo 67 changed his life forever. He is perhaps most well known for transforming his father’s 1939 painting company Leber & Sons.

In the 1970s, he got involved in Standardbred horse racing and never looked back from owning horses right until his last breath. His partnership extended to trainers Duncan Mactavish, Mike MacDonald, Fred Grant, Marcel Barrieau, and Mark and Shawn Steacy. His most notable performers included Aerobatic, Amazing Dealer, Nightlife Seelster and his two favorites, Safe Arrival and Sunshine Beach. His excitement in the winner’s circle could not be contained whether it was a maiden race or a Grand Circuit race. He simply loved the horses and the sport.

Please consider donations in loving memory of Conrad to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS).

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