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MacLeod, John A.

A former Spring Point resident, John A. MacLeod passed away peacefully on Salt Spring Island, B.C. on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the age of 91.
John was predeceased by Norma, his wife of 64 years, in 2013 and by his youngest child Rob in 1990.
John is survived by his children Janet, Bruce, Callum, Douglas, Laura and Megan; by grandchildren Andrew, Katie, Tom, Scott, Lyndon and Daniel; by six great grandchildren; and by his sister Donalda.
John was born June 1, 1926. After a stint in the navy John was employed in the grain industry, starting as an elevator agent. In the 1950s he travelled the prairie provinces for the non-profit Canadian Forestry Association, promoting conservation of natural resources.
Then for 17 years he was a producer-commentator for the CBC in the department of Agriculture and Resources in Winnipeg and then Calgary.
CBC Calgary listeners may remember his daily commentary on the farm broadcast and later Radio Noon, which he produced in the 1960s and ’70s.
John and Norma and son Rob moved to the Porcupine Hills in 1976 and he became what he called “a small scale, greenhorn cattleman,” helped by guidance from good neighbours.
Rob attended school at Macleod and Norma did substitute teaching at Pincher Creek, Macleod and the Hutterite colony, while John wrote columns for Grainews and World of Beef magazines.
After heart surgery and a stroke John and Norma retired to Mayne Island in B.C.’s Southern Gulf Islands in 1992. No service at his request.

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