Leonard Wharwood Jr.
(November 29, 1958 – August 23, 2018)

Leonard Wharwood Jr. passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018. For many years he had served Grenada’s diaspora with distinction. He was the sitting Honorary Consul for Grenada (Quebec) and had served in that role since 2009. His success as Grenada’s Honorary Consul in Montreal was attributed to his fierce patriotism, as well as his love and empathy for his Grenadian sisters and brothers. His great affection for both country and people combined with his passion to serve, thereby lifting us all.

Junior, as he was commonly known, was always planning to live—even in the face of the doctors’ adverse prognosis. And continue to live on, he does—in the hearts, minds and souls of his children, his mother, his siblings, his friends and the community. He gently touched and impacted many lives—some unsuspectingly—through his charisma, charm, wit, balanced thinking, and love… as well as his quiet stubbornness and determination.

“Leonard served his country selflessly and with great distinction. His patriotic feelings for Grenada were always evident, as was his genuine love for his Grenadian sisters and brothers. Junior will most be remembered for his selfless attitude and dedication to service, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Always keen to lend a helping hand, Junior didn’t rest until the job was done,” noted Dr. the Right Honorable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada.

Leonard was dedicated in his service to nationals from his homeland Grenada, Carriacou & Petit Martinique in the Montreal community and in the diaspora. He was the founder of a new non-profit organization, the Spice Island Cultural Day Association of Quebec, which held its first Spice Island Cultural Day on July 21, 2018, approximately one month prior to his passing. He was loved by many and treasured as an excellent resource and community organizer.

His passing is a great loss to the community. He will be dearly missed.

Gemma Raeburn-Baynes


Playmas Montreal Cultural Association