Deaths | Décès: 6195 Bruce McLeod

6195 Joseph Bruce McLeod (RMC 1964)

December 23, 1941 – March 28, 2009

6195 Bruce McLeod was a devoted follower of Jesus for over 35 years. His life was characterized by a passion for God that ignited all aspects of his life. Fun-loving, creative, and bright, this small town boy, raised in Mille Roches and Long Sault, Ontario emerged early as a leader at the Royal Military College and as an exceptional husband and father. He lived a life of accomplishment and dedication, occupying senior management positions with the St Lawrence Seaway Authority, and the Canada Cement Association. Bruce was best known for his visionary work establishing global ‘PartnerShips’ for Canada Steamship Lines, Asia. Gentle and loving, Bruce epitomized care and commitment first as a devoted husband to Mary, his wife of 45 years; as an encourager to his children Kim, Deanna, Allison, Robert, Lana and his grandchildren; Kevin, Madison, Finn, Avery, Cole, Ethan, Emma. As a favorite brother to his sisters Sally and Edna, his brother in law Norvan, as a deacon in the Catholic church, and, as a ‘beacon’ to the homeless of Ottawa. “He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out it’s roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; it’s leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8 Bruce, thank you for having the courage to live out your faith so fully. We celebrate your long awaited return home. While we miss you, we will meet again! Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Ottawa Inner-City Ministries, Jericho Road Ministries or to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ottawa would be greatly appreciated. Obit

One Comment

  • Dave Chodat - 6166

    June 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I was with Bruce all through our 4 years at RMC. I fought him in the boxing (at that time a compulsory activity)finals of the light-middleweight division (160#) in my recruit year. He beat me in a split-decision which, I insisted to him for years thereafter, was improper scored by the judges. Truth be told, if he had of been able to catch me while I was backpeddling in that last round, I was done for. By chance, the following year he was my roommate. He was dating his future wife Mary during our senior year and introduced me through a blind date to a friend of Marys from nurseing school. I ended up marrying Carolyn the day of graduation – still married today (and her father said it would only last a year – lol). I presumably thanked Bruce for getting us together but Mary probably had the bigger role. I saw Bruce and Mary in Montreal some time ago and some of the kids in Boston a short time later – a few years before the illness began to take effect. He was still the same fun guy I remembered from our college days. I sort of regret not having been in touch the last few years but, hopefully we’ll meet again someday and we’ll get a chance at a rematch. Maybe even in the same weight division or maybe not. Catch you down the road my friend.