MCLEOD, Donald Bruce
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January 3, 1950 - May 12, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Bruce McLeod. Bruce died in the early hours of Sunday May 12th, at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, following a brief illness. He is survived by his children, Meredith and Marshall; his sister Barbara and her son Duncan; his brother Doug; his brother John, sister-in-law Bryna and their children Megan (Phil), Alex and Eden. He will also be dearly missed by his love and companion, Sue Talmage and her daughters Ashley and Tiffany, and countless friends, business associates and acquaintances he made over the years. Bruce was born in Owen Sound, Ontario to Don and Mary McLeod of Oakville, Ontario. He spent his early years chiefly in Beaconsfield, Quebec and Lorne Park, Ontario, moving with the family frequently. He graduated from Lorne Park Secondary, and was an avid follower of its news and alumni, recently attending the 50 year reunion of the school. Bruce earned his Bachelor of Arts from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. Bruce established himself in the business world, beginning his career with a drive across Canada to take up a post with McLeod Young Weir in Vancouver. He loved his newly adopted home, never returning to the Ontario winters. He put down roots in West Vancouver in 1978 where he and his wife Christy lived and raised their two children, Meredith and Marshall, in the neighbourhood of Whytcliff Park. Bruce was active in the community, serving St. Monica's Church in many capacities, the West Van Otters Swim Club as a volunteer marshal-extraordinaire, and Cypress Park Little League over the course of many seasons. Bruce took tremendous pride in the CPLL organization, fostering long term friendships with the players and parents alike. Throughout his life, Bruce spent many summers in Muskoka, at the family cottage "Gara" on Lake of Bays. Summer days were spent entertaining, relaxing on the dock, taking on projects around the property, and touring the lake in the putt-putt. We will hold these unforgettable summer memories in our hearts forever. A true host and trusted ally to many, Bruce treasured his friendships and maintained contact with those from high school and university. He was a great conversationalist, and the stories and jokes he told were often repeated but never lost their energy or wit. His final years were spent living the good life, spending time with his Love in warmer climates. Bruce will be dearly missed; he was a devoted father, loyal brother and steadfast friend. All are welcome to a service of thanksgiving and celebration of Bruce's life, to be held at St. Monica's Church, 6404 Wellington Avenue, West Vancouver on Thursday June 6th at 2pm. A reception will follow at Gleneagles Golf Course, 6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. Donations may be made in Bruce's memory to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation at 231 East 15th Street, North Vancouver BC V7L 2L7. For those wishing to share a memory of Bruce, please go to www.hollyburnfunerals.com
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on May 25, 2013