Helen Ann MacLeod, RN
1933 – 2016
Helen MacLeod (nee Rose) was the first baby born in Montreal on Jan. 1, 1933. She died peacefully at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on June 29, 2016 in her 83rd year.
Helen was the dearly loved spouse of Dr. J. Cameron MacLeod for 55 years. She was the devoted mother of David MacLeod (Arlena Hebert) of Toronto, Ann MacLeod (Desmond Hickie) of Peterborough, and Keith MacLeod (Annie Lebeau) of Ottawa. She loved her six grandchildren — Sam and Alexandra; Leah and Fiona; and Eric and Corinne. She was the daughter of Samuel and Margaret Rose, and the sister of Donald and Ed.
She grew up on Rosayre Farm in Mountain. She fondly would recall how on snowy days, her Dad would take her, Donald, and Ed to their one room schoolhouse in a horse drawn sleigh, snuggled in new straw under “the buffalo blanket.” In 1955, she graduated asa Registered Nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She was a dashing figure in her new blue 1958 Volkswagen Bug, which she drove from Ontario to British Columbia three times to be with Cameron.
Her family often vacationed in Algonquin Park, where she first met Cameron with her 1958 Bug. He worked as a Masters and PhD student at the Harkness Fisheries Research Laboratory at Lake Opeongo. They married in 1959, and lived in Vancouver, Picton, Richmond Hill, St.Paul, Minn., Lake Opeongo, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Perth, and Peterborough.
Helen was well known for her constant care for others. She was a ward nurse, quickly promoted to clinical instructor at the Kingston Hospital. After taking time to raise her children and volunteer with Cubs and Scouts, she re-qualified as a nurse working in palliative care, and then as a foot care nurse for “her old people” until she was 79.
With her family, she loved the cottage at Long Lake, her dogs, her bountiful gardens, and wild birds. In her final days, Helen said,“I’m ready” and “God loves us.”
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sat., July 16 at 1 pm at Winchester United Church, 519 St. Lawrence St., followed by internment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville, and then a reception at the home of Heather Rose.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Winchester United Remediation Project Trust Fund, P.O. Box 65, Winchester, Ont., K0C 2K0 or East Central Therapy Dogs, 623 Douro 2nd Line, Douro-Dummer, Ont., K0L 2B0 (705-652-7092) (sorry, no tax receipts) or Quilts for Cancer Peterborough County, P.O. Box 30062, RPO Chemong, Peterborough, Ont., K9H 7R4.
The arrangements are entrusted to Blair and Son Funeral Home in Perth (613-267-3765).
Condolences and tributes may be made online at www.blairandson.com