September 4, 1939 – February 23, 2019
MacLEOD, James Alastaire Weaver, 79. It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye to our husband, father, Papa and best friend Jim MacLeod. Jim passed away on February 23rd after a short hospital stay in his 80th year. Beloved husband to Carolyn MacLeod. Cherished father to Grant( Sandy) and the late Jennifer Merriam (Ron). Proud grandfather to Dana, Elijah, Maryn, Owen and Benjamin. Son of the late Thelma Weaver and Hamish MacLeod. Jim was predeceased by his little brother Douglas. Jim was born in Ottawa, Ontario on Sept 4th, 1939 and soon thereafter he moved to Weston, ON where he grew up. He was a proud “Aggie” graduating with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Guelph and later went on to specialise in Civil Engineering at U of T. Jim worked for various engineering firms, W.J Lehman, CC Parker, Peto-MacCallum before settling in at Mohawk College where he retired as Chairman of their technology programs. Jim loved all things to do with building and construction; designing and building two of his homes. If he wasn’t deep into a project he was likely planning the next one or helping his children, neighbours and friends with their projects. He loved skiing and was a member of the Beaver Valley Ski Club. He loved his golden retrievers and they were always at his side. Jim made you feel special: 5 minutes after you met him you felt you’d known him forever. Friends will be received by the family on Wednesday, February 27th from 12:00 p.m. until the time of Jim’s celebration of life at 1:00 p.m. at Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
Our sincere condolences to Carolyn and the MacLeod family. We fondly remember Jim from our days living on Northview Crescent in Burlington. May he rest in peace.
Our sincere sympathies to Carolyn and her family. We will always cherish our friendship with you and Jim. Thom will cherish his time with one of his best golf buddies.
The many laughs we had with you and Jim and the group from the “ Bluff” are some of the memories we shall hold on to. Nothing has been the same since some of you moved away.
My sincere sympathy to you and your family Carolyn. The obituary is right on. 5 minutes after you met him you felt like you’d known him for life. McTaggart and MacLeod came pretty close in those alphabetical line ups in our early Guelph days. I first met him that way and soon I had known him for life! We had many great Aggie times!
We sincerely wish we could be with Carolyn and the wonderful MacLeod Family tomorrow to offer our condolences in person. We have the fondest memories of Jim’s friendship with us on Northview Cresc. and afterward. The snow that Jim loved is preventing our travels.
My deepest sympathies to you, Carolyn, Grant, Ron, and your entire family. I have such warm memories of Jim, and all you MacLeods, and wish you nothing but peace in this sad time.
Jim was a Weston C.I. classmate with my (Ellen) brothers Gerry and Keith. Jim was a roommate of Keith at Guelph.and later neighbours in Burlington and side by side at ski chalets on Bowles Bluff. Lot of family history. I remember Jim visiting our home in Keswick and where my parents owned a grocery store. I was 15, Jim and Keith 21. Jim drove an Austin-healey, we tooled around the lakeshore road. Me in the back, hoping that ANYONE would see me with these 2 University ‘hotties’. Never mind one was my brother Keith.
To Carolyn, my honourary sister, my heart is breaking for you and your family sharing your sorrow.
. We will always be there for you and your children. Cherish the many memories . Love Ellen (Hansen) and (David) Keith Wood
Dear Jim: What a wonderful friend you have been through our many years together on Northview, at Beaver Valley and in Hamilton. So much fun, such great memories. We love you always and will be there for Carolyn.
For Carolyn, Grant and your whole clan: Our hearts are with you right now. We’ll be around to lend a hand after the dust settles. Our love to all of you.
Lou and Pat Saunders
One of the nicest and fun people to be around and there is not any doubt he will be missed. My sincerest condolences to the entire MacLeod family
Jim was a good friend during my Mohawk College days……. we took part in the early “Beaver Valley Rat Race” trips down the Beaver. Also, Jim gave Patrick and I so many construction tiips for our camp up north.
He was a gentleman and we’ll miss him.
Carolyn and family. I first met Jim (Hamish) MacLeod in September, 1958. He and Keith were roommates and lived just down the hall in residence at OAC. From the get go, we became very good friends and we shared many laughs (and the odd pint). Carolyn, we totally enjoyed visiting with Jim and yourself at class reunions as well as at several figure skating competitions. All the best to you and yours!
Sybil and I have many good memories of the other MacLeod family. Please accept our heartfelt condolences to Carolyn, Grant and all the family. May a good man rest in peace.
Words cannot begin to express the sense of loss that I feel.He was a great teacher, a wonderful boss and a dear friend. He leaves a big hole in my heart and will be greatly missed.
Wherever he is I am sure that he is enjoying perfect skiing.
Goodbye my friend
Dear Carolyn, Grant and Sandy, and family,
We are so very sorry to hear of Jim’s death and send you our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers.
Alec and Jocelyn Rait
We have lost a very decent and generous man with the passing of Jim. Jim MacLeod was the individual who hired me as a Professor at Mohawk College, giving me the “big break” of my educational career. Nine years later when he retired I was very fortunate to be given the chance to try and fill his shoes when I replaced him as department Chair. I most respect Jim for the fair way in which he treated everyone under his direction. He provided me with great guidance and support in my critical first years of teaching at College. Sad to hear that he is now skiing with the angels.