Malcolm John Kenneth Macleod passed peacefully away Saturday December 21 at age 93 in the Betel Home, Gimli , Manitoba with his loving family by his side. He was predeceased by his wife Hazel after 73 years of marriage and their son Cam in 1971.
Malcolm was born July 27, 1926 in Melfort , Saskatchewan and was the eldest of 8 children. His family lived in small towns in Saskatchewan before moving to Winnipeg where Malcolm completed his high school at United College stating his favorite subjects were Math and Public Speaking.
He married the love of his life , Hazel, in 1946 after meeting her at a YMCA teen canteen dance. He believes he fell in love with her after their first dance. They had three children and moved a few times, always in the city of Winnipeg. He worked as a Manufacturers Agent for a number of companies in sales and then ran his own Paint and Wallpaper Store in Charleswood.
He and Hazel retired at age 55 years to enjoy the slower rural hobby farm life. Mac felt purchasing The Farm as one of his greatest accomplishments. He always enjoyed the outdoor physical work and when asked what was a favorite way to spend a day of leisure, his reply was working outside, cutting grass or gardening , lunch of egg salad sandwich and cream soda, 9 holes of golf at Sandy Hook Golf Club, supper of pork spareribs, a hot tub bath and a good baseball game on tv.
Malcolm loved sports and played baseball, hockey, curling and golf avidly.His hero was always Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox, who Malcolm claimed was the greatest hitter of all time.
He was always very involved in the community where he lived, being President of Weston CC for 4 years, President of Thistle Curling Club, becoming an elder and Chairman of the Board at St Vital Presbyterian Church, and being President of the Gimli Rotary Club.His claim to fame was being made an “outstanding citizen” of Winnipeg by the then Mayor Juba.
He was also very involved with the Rotary Club both in Gimli and in Conway, South Carolina, close to Myrtle Beach where he and Hazel spent 20 warm and enjoyable winters. Malcolm and Hazel loved to travel and after they purchased their first vehicle in 1957, they spent many summer weeks camping which Dad always made so much fun.
They traveled extensively around the world often visiting their children.
Dad considered life’s greatest gift, as “Family”. He included all the extensive family whom he welcomed at any time. He wants to be remembered as a good and loving father, husband and friend. He said” If my friends refer to me as “he was a good guy”, I’ll be happy.”
Malcolm is survived by his daughter, Karen Mueller (Fred), daughter, Kristen Booth (Donald); grandchildren, Christopher (Suselle), Andrea (Giullio); Alana ( Imants), Jamie ( Carmen); great grandchildren, Alex, Ekaterina , Matteo, Nico, Linnea, Mila, Taage, Teagan and Paige. Surviving siblings, Kathryn, Marlyn (Walter), Dawn (Horst), Ian (Joy), and Terry ( Ron).
A Celebratory Service was held along with his wife Hazel on Sunday 22 December at Gimli Lutheran Church honoured by family and friends.
The family wants to recognize the compassionate care Dad received not only by The Gimli Betel Staff but also by the Gimli Dialysis Staff. They are also grateful for the dedication of loyal friends and volunteers.
Donations in Mac’s memory can be made to The Kidney Foundation or to the charity of your choice.
He was larger than life with a great sense of humour! Dad….we will always carry your memory in our hearts!
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Malcolm MacLeod Saturday December 21st 2019..
Décès pour la Ville: Winnipeg, Province: Manitoba