The death and funeral this week brought to an end the life of a well known Murray River resident, Norman MacLeod, aged 97, son of Donald MacLeod and Janet (MacLean) MacLeod.
The late Mr. MacLeod was born in April 1867 at High Bank and attended the rural school there and also a short time at Murray Harbour School.
In his younger days he was a fisherman, he entering into the lobster canning business in Nova Scotia, in connection with his partners, an industry he continued durin g the greater part of his life. He had canneries in Little Sands and in Magdalen Islands, in partnership.
He also conducted a general merchandising business in Murray River, later operated by the late Charles Horton.
In politics he was a Conservative, representing the Murray Harbour district as a councillor for several years, succeeding the late Hon. A.P. Prowse.
After several years he discontinued the general merchandise in Murray River selling the propeerty to William Keenan, and went to live on the old homestead at High Bank, to spend his retirement years.
In recent years he sold the High Bank home and moved to Murray River where he resided until the time of his death.
He was a staunch member of the Church of Christ, Murray River, where he was an active teacher. He also was one of the promoters of the present church.
The late Mr. MacLeod was twice married, his first wife being Sarah Bell, daughter of Mr and Mrs. James Bell of White Sands. They had two children, Alice and Hastings.
His second wife was the former Alexis MacSwain of High Bank. There were no children from this marriage.
There were also five brothers and three sisters. The late John who was surveyor general for the state of Washington; the late William, asssitant superintendent of lead mines, Helena, Nevada; the late Malcolm, president of the MacLeod Merchntile Co. of Manhatten, Montana, an attornery at law, and one time president of the bank where he resided; the late Alexander, chief accountant, Cement Co. of Manhatten, Montana; the late Isabel who was unmarried; the late Mary (Mrs. Hammond (Nicolle) White Sands and the late Christine, an accountant, California.
He is survived by a brother, John D. MacLeod, Montague."
(Guardian Aug 14, 1964 page 5)
"MacLeod-At the Kings County Hospital, Friday, August 7, Norman MacLeod of Murray River in his 98th year. Resting at the Murray River Funeral Home till noon today. Then to the Church of Christ, Murray River for funeral service commencing at 2:30. Interment in Little Sands Cemetery.
(Guardian Aug 10, 1964- the week earlier he had fallen and broken his hip)
Compiled by: Ann Bonnell