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John Ferris McLeod

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John Ferris McLeod Obituary
MCLEOD John Ferris McLeod, 90, passed away August 1, 2013. Son of Charles Edward and Emma Susanne Ferris McLeod. A Jacksonville native, he was born at the family home on Cottage Avenue on April 6, 1923. He attended West Riverside Grammar School, John Gorrie Junior High School, Robert E. Lee High School, and the University of Florida in Gainesville. He graduated from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. with a cum laude Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and was also awarded an honorary doctorate by Fergle University in Cincinnati, OH. He served as a flight instructor and test pilot with the Air Force during World War II, remained in the active reserve after the war, and retired after 30 years of service in the rank of lieutenant colonel. While in service with the then U.S. Army Corps he met Yvette Desblancs, a citizen of France. They were married 30 days later on March 20, 1944 and celebrated 69 years of marriage together. For many years McLeod owned and operated Brown's Camera Store on West Bay Street, purchased from his former employer. After selling this business he served as the public relations director for Volkswagen and Porsche automobiles in the southeastern U.S., working for Brundage Motors. He later established his own public relations agency, which he operated for more than 25 years. Most recently he was the editor and publisher of The Independent Free Press, a national conservative newspaper he established in 1987. A licensed commercial pilot, he was the founder and commander of the Jacksonville Search and Rescue Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and also served as the commanding officer of the Air Force's public information squadron for North Florida and South Georgia. He also served in the National Defense Executive Reserve for 22 years, with assignment to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He was founder and president of the Police Council, a local law enforcement assistance group, a research analyst for the U.S. Civil Defense Council, a correspondent for national magazines and newspapers, and a federally licensed firearms dealer. He was a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church and had been a member of the Seminole Club and the University Club. He was a Life Member of the Air Force Association, Military Order of the World Wars, Reserve Officers Association of the U.S., American Legion, National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Quiet Birdmen and Silver Wings Society (pilots' fraternities), Gateway Rifle and Pistol Club of Jacksonville, and the John Birch Society. He is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years Yvette McLeod earlier this year. He is survived by a Sister; Ealeanor Gardner, Nieces; Lani McLendon, Leslie Holland, and Daryn Osburn and Nephew; Dean Gardner. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday August, 6, 2013 at 10:00AM at FRASER FUNERAL HOME 8168 Normandy Blvd. Jacksonville, FL. (904) 781-4314. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to K & C Pet Rescue Center, 9160 Commonwealth Ave. Jacksonville, FL. 32220 in the memory of John McLeod. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com


Published in the Florida Times-Union on Aug. 4, 2013
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