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Leah Dawn Rochon

January 29, 1959 ~ July 4, 2017 (age 58)

On July 4th 2017, Leah Rochon died after a months long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Des, daughter Ingrid, and the hundreds of children whose lives she improved through her 22 years of service as a teacher at Ferndale’s Eagleridge Elementary.

Leah’s love of reading and education was a thread that ran throughout her entire life. Leah’s first career as a technician at the Fairhaven Library lasted nearly a decade. She met and married the librarian’s mailman, Desmond Rochon, in 1987. She remains, in his eyes, “the smartest woman I ever knew.”

Leah earned her teaching degree and began her second career as a public school teacher in the early 1990’s. A generation of Ferndale students laughed at her jokes, listened to her stories, and learned from her gentle discipline. Her greatest delight was reading to her students – she always used character voices.

Greatly missed by her family, Leah will forever be remembered by them as “TERRIFIC,” “RADIANT,” and unfailingly “HUMBLE.” She was in a class by herself.

“By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.”

Memorial donations in memory of Leah may be made to the Prevent Cancer Foundation ( or to the Audubon Society in honor of the love for animals she instilled in both her students and her own daughter (



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