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Arnold Bruce Mcleod

April 4, 1929 - February 24, 2014


                       Arnold Bruce McLeod 1929-2014 

Arnold Bruce McLeod died on the morning of February 24th, 2014, at Kootenay 
Lake Hospital, surrounded by family in Nelson, British Columbia.
Born on April 4th, 1929, and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Arnold attended 
Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and the University of Manitoba before securing a job 
with HFC Financial. Arnold accepted a transfer with this company on a two year 
trial basis to Fort Frances, Ontario. He ended up staying for 36 years, raising a 
family with his wife Jeannette. Arnold later retired to Nelson, British Columbia, 
where he lived until his death.
Arnold’s passions in life were many, from chess to soccer, basketball to Roman 
history, Latin to bird-watching, geography to military history; but none more than 
his love for his wife of 62 years, Jeannette.
Arnold was always ready to exchange greetings, share stories or a friendly tease 
with, what seemed at times, everyone he encountered in the various phases and 
geography of his life. He was often referred to as a “man about town” as he 
seemed to know everyone as he walked down the street or entered a coffee house. 
Arnold always made a point of finding out and remembering everyone's name, 
from the server in a restaurant to the owner of a business or a homeless drifter 
who he happened to exchange a moment with.
Arnold’s life was guided by a number of precepts. In the social realm, Arnold 
would never be quick to judgement, although not religious, he would cite the 
biblical prescript, “everyone has a cross to bear”. This translated into a generous 
and conspicuous greeting or joke with all who he encountered.
As a guide to his actions and ambitions, Arnold aspired to follow and would cite 
the aphorism “carpe diem” (“seize the day”) …as one could never assume that 
tomorrow was promised.
Woven throughout the application of these life precepts was Arnold’s wonderful 
and infectious sense of humour; a wit and appreciation of humour that helped him 
navigate any difficult times encountered throughout his almost 85 years of life.
Arnold’s philosophy exhibited itself in his devotion to his surviving wife, 
Jeannette, three sons, Bruce, Bryan and Brad, daughter, Michelle, son and 
daughter-in-laws, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as 
countless friends and extended family all over the world. His favourite poet is 

An honest man here lies at rest, 
The friend of man, the friend of truth, 
The friend of age, and guide of youth: 
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd, 
Few heads with knowledge so inform'd; 
If there's another world, he lives in bliss; 
If there is none, he made the best of this.
Robert Burns
Arnold was a wonderful man who lived a good life and will be greatly missed, as 
he was so loved by all who knew him. A celebration of his life will be held in the 
summer of 2014 in Nelson, British Columbia.
Arnold’s ashes will be spread over Elephant Mountain in the Kooteneys, Swell 
Bay at Bear Pass on Rainy Lake, and where the Red River meets the Assiniboine.

Ar adeis De go raibh a anan
(Gaelic for “may his soul be on the Right Hand of the gods”)


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Marg macintyre Rob kobayashi
Relation: Friend

Thinking of you all In Mitchell’s words “He was a great guy” His memory will live on in the wonderful family he left marg

From: Doneen Moran (Fryer)
Relation: friend of my parents

McLeod Family, Thinking of you at this time. I will always remember Arnold’s smile and sense of humour.

From: Jonathan Taylor
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Our thoughts and prayers are with the McLeod family.

Jon Taylor & family, Saskatoon, SK

From: Michelle and Kelly
Relation: Daughter and son in law

To Jen
It has been an absolute privilege to have you both such a huge presence in our lives for all these years. Our children Connor and Kean had the greatest grandfather who helped them grow and mature into great young men. It was always a thrill to witness his enthusiasm on the soccer fields and basketball courts

From: Linda Shannon
Relation: Arnie was my employer and my friend

So sorry to hear of Arnie’s passing. It was a pleasure to work for him so very many years ago. We often shared stories and many laughs together. He was always so proud of his family. Arnie was a special man with a great presence about him. Jeanette- you truly were a wonderful couple. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

From: Toronto District School Board Teachers ate Sickkids hospital
Relation: Brad is a fellow teacher

Brad’s teaching colleagues at Sick Kids Hospital would like to express their condolences to the McLeod family on the loss of their husband, father and grandfather. We knew Arnold McLeod through the numerous stories that Brad shared with us: some of the stories were humorous, some cheeky, some very touching. Every person’s departure from life is a milestone that merits and deserves commemoration. It is in this spirit that we join with you in expressing our respects for Brad’s father. The sadness of the moment can be lifted in thinking of the fine qualities that Arnold McLeod possessed and shared with his family and those who knew him.

From: Darryl Allan
Relation: Friend

Was thinking about Arnie just the other day. I now live at 849 Fourth Street right next door to where Arnie and Jeannette raised their family. I was looking at the massive hedge between the houses that the deer have been browsing on all winter and wondered what Arnie would have thought of it all. There truly is no better description of Arnie than “man about town”. He was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word; erudite, witty and possessed of a darting intellect. My deepest condolences.

From: The Hebert's
Relation: Fort Frances Friends

Sincere condolences from the entire Hebert family in Fort Frances.

From: Lisa (Allan) Morden
Relation: Friend

Dear Jeanette, Bryan and families,
I remember Arnie well as always having smile on his face and always remembering your name. He was a very kind person who will be missed greatly.
My condolences to you and your families in your time of sorrow
Lisa (Allan) Morden
Atikokan, Ontario

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