Donald Robert McLeod



After 91 years of living life with grace, humility, enthusiasm & love, Bob McLeod passed away on May 20, 2019. Bob’s wry humour & good advice will be greatly missed by family & friends. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marjorie (Long) McLeod; his daughters, Nancy Brown (Keith) & Deanna McLeod; grandchildren, Liesel Davidson (Scott), Megan Knall, Jordan Brown (Julia), Daniel Brown & Alexander Gray; great-granddaughter, Henley Brown; and a large extended family. Bob was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Debbie Knall (Jack), on May 3, 2019; and his younger siblings, Jack and George McLeod, and Pauline Fraser.

Bob was born in Turner Valley, in 1927, and grew up & married in Calgary, but lived most of his adult life in Edmonton. After a short career in the oil industry, he returned to university and became a teacher, counsellor & elementary school principal. He was proud to be one of the principals involved with the successful EPSB pilot project for school-based budgeting. Bob was a passionate Albertan & Canadian, a lover of nature & our Rocky Mountains, an early environmentalist, and always an engaged citizen. He volunteered on many political campaigns, and on many boards & committees over the years including Calgary’s Sat-Teen Club, the United Church, and Grant McEwan College for which he served as board chair. He and Marj held season tickets to both the Citadel and the Edmonton Eskimos. During retirement, Bob was a world traveller, genealogist, hiker, reader, and an early adopter of the home computer. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with & supporting his wife, children, family, and friends, and especially his grandchildren. He was a gentleman, known for his smile, his fairness and integrity, and his unwavering loyalty to family and place.

Thanks to the kind staff of Units 19 & 15, Sturgeon hospital, as well as Bob's niece, Kathleen Fraser.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at Grace United Church, 6215 – 104 Ave., Edmonton, T6A 0X9, on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers Bob has invited donations to Ecojustice (, or to Grace United Church (, or to a charity of preference.

One of Bob’s most treasured possessions was a framed poem that had belonged to his grandparents:

“Let me live in a house by the side of the road
Where the race of men go by-
The men who are good and the men who are bad,
As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner's seat
Nor hurl the cynic's ban-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.” --Sam Walter Foss

In Loving Memory of
Donald Robert McLeod
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Funeral Service:
Celebration of Life
Saturday, June 15, 2019
2:00 PM
Grace United Church
6215 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
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