OBITUARY

Peter Kenneth MacLeod

18 April, 193922 April, 2021

MacLeod, Peter Kenneth. It is with sadness that the family of Peter Kenneth MacLeod announces his death on April 22, 2021 at the age of 82. His dry sense of humour, his connection with people, his thoughtfulness, and his consideration for others will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife and soulmate, Eleanor and their only son, Andrew Peter, his brother-in-law Paul Bailey (Genevieve) and cousins in BC and Scotland. He was born in Toronto to parents Annie and Peter MacLeod, who had emigrated from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis in Scotland. Peter was educated in Toronto and Scotland. As a pre-teen, he and his mother briefly moved back to Scotland after the death of his father. They lived on a croft with peat fires, oil lamps, well water and no electricity (or TV). Back in Toronto for secondary school with a newly acquired Highland-Hebrides accent, he met Reay MacKay, a fellow student and a piper with the 48th Highlanders. Under Reay’s tutelage, he learned to play the pipes and joined the 48th Highlanders. This led to a lifelong friendship with Reay and a lifelong association with the 48th Highlanders. After secondary school, Peter furthered his education in business administration at Ryerson, York University, University of Toronto and Niagara University. He worked in retail for a number of years prior to pursuing a career in teaching business courses with the Durham and Peel Boards of Education. He met his soon-to-be wife, Eleanor, when she was in nurse’s training at the Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital. Her friend and fellow nursing student, Lynda, was dating Tom who was a member of the 48th Highlanders. Tom suggested that Peter invite Eleanor to a St. Patrick’s Day party at his house. Two years later, on March 25, 1967 Peter and Eleanor were married – a Centennial project which endured for a lifetime. Peter had a wide variety of interests which he pursued with passion. At the forefront was music, especially military music. As Sergeant Piper with the 48th Highlanders and briefly the Toronto Scottish Regiment, he participated in a variety of engagements with the pinnacle being the tattoo in Wembley England. Solo gigs included Robbie Burns dinners, anniversaries, weddings, funerals, birthdays and Remembrance Day ceremonies. His card read: “It never rains on my parade” and it was legendary that the sun always came out just before the event when Peter played. He was president of the 48th Pipes and Drums Association and maintained contact with all its’ members through newsletters which he produced regularly. He also loved hockey and was a lifetime member of the “When are the Leafs going to win a Stanley Cup again” Club, never imagining that his 54-year marriage would outlast the Leafs on-ice competence. He instilled a love of the game in his young son. As a result, Andrew became a beautiful skater and is strong hockey player. Peter had the puck from Andrew’s first goal mounted and it remains prominently displayed on the bookcase in the office! Peter played on a recreational hockey team and, in later years, with the Old Timers. Until very recently, early mornings would find him skating at the local arena. Finally, Peter enjoyed cycling. Both he and Eleanor were avid cyclists who cycled trails in Collingwood, Meaford, Barrie, Orillia, Coldwater, Midland, Elora, and Palgrave. One of the most notable of these was the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Trenton which they did in sections, acquiring pins and Tilley hats at its’ successful completion. He and Eleanor travelled extensively. Besides their travels within North America to destinations in the Maritimes and Alaska, they also enjoyed exploring Scandinavia, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, the Baltic States, Russia, Madagascar, South Africa and Bermuda as well as taking cruises on the Rhine, the Danube, and around South America. Military tattoos took them to Edinburgh, to Halifax, and to Virginia Beach. A highpoint was attending the Trooping the Colour in London England, an annual parade celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s birthday. Acquiring seats for the event was a feat undertaken successfully by Eleanor to surprise her husband – he looked resplendent in his morning coat and top hat. His Scottish roots unfailingly called to him and he took numerous trips to Stornoway and the Tolsta-Ness moor in the Hebrides where he enjoyed fishing and walking the moors while fighting off the merciless midges. A lifelong learner, Peter had a long- standing interest in the military and kept up to date with all current affairs. Also, he and Eleanor pursued a variety of courses at the Life Institute. On the way to the hospital for the procedure that ended his life, Peter turned to Eleanor in the car and said, “if something goes wrong, let me go — I’ve lived a great life.” And while we are devastated by our loss, we completely agree that Peter lived a great life which is a model for all. Thank you, Peter. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home, 6191 Yonge Street. A private family service and interment will be held in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

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Peter Kenneth MacLeod

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william cook

4 May 2021

My brother Jim cook and myself William Cook Jr. are sad to hear that Peter has paced away and has been called to the upper camp to play in the band in heaven with all that went before him including our father. My brother and I along with my father Sgt. William Cook who is deceased at one time or another all played in the band with Peter. Our condolences to the entire MacLeod clan. May you rest in peace. God bless the 48th.

Eleanor Lowe

4 May 2021

To Eleanor and family, please accept my sincere condolences at this difficult time. I am sure Peter will be missed by many people. His really was a "life - well-lived".
Eleanor Lowe

DOROTHY-(Dolly) HUBERT

3 May 2021

Eleanor and Andrew,
I've just learned of Peter's sudden passing from Eleanor L. Please accept my sincere condolences at this sad time for you and your family.
Although I didn't know Peter very well I feel as if I did through my long and valued friendship with you. I believe you will be able to look back and find the strength to deal with this sadness in your own way and in your own time.

My thoughts are with you,
Dolly

Al Harding

2 May 2021

Eleanor, Donnie and I send you our deepest condolences on the passing of Peter. I always appreciated those catch up calls at Christmas. He will be missed.

Bonnie Aldcroft

2 May 2021

Condolences to you and Andrew.I found out in the star today.Sounds like you have had a very full and enjoyable life with Peter.I am sure that you were devastated at your loss.We are all aware that this could happen to all of us at any time .We all must remember the good times we have enjoyed with our families and friends.Take Care . Bonnie Aldcroft

Jo-Anne (Ives) Seeley

1 May 2021

I was saddened to see Peter's obituary in the Toronto Star today. We were students together,along with Reay McKay, at Oakwood Collegiate beginning in Grade nine. Reay and Peter were well-known even then for their bagpipes and association with the 48th Highlanders. I was delighted to enjoy a brief reunion with Peter on two occasions when he came to our church to play at our Remembrance Day services. It was great to reminisce about our teen years and the people we knew back then.
Eleanor and Andrew, I know you will miss Peter very much. May your memories of a special husband and father and the memorable times you shared with him be a source of comfort to both of you in the days ahead.

Lorne Edwards

1 May 2021

I am greatly saddened to read of Peter's passing. Peter and I grew up on Farnham Ave. in Toronto and became close friends until we went our different ways after high school. There are many memories from these years that include the 2 of us performing cleaning duties at Brown School twice a day, many weekends and evenings spent at the pool hall on Yonge St. and all the visits to Fran's restaurant for cheese burgers and chocolate milk shakes. I fondly remember theses and other good times. Thank you Peter.

Bruce Hall

30 April 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Eleanor and Andrew, Peter will be
greatly missed, he was a great organizer, especially at the Wine
and Cheese Party as it was great to meet old friends. The
obituary was a great insight into Peter's life and will be sadly
missed.

Bruce & Eileen Hall

Keith Harding

28 April 2021

I was a member of the Military Band of the 48th Highlanders ( 1967 -1986) and one of 4 Harding’s in either the Pipes and Drums or Mil Band. I had occasion to share time and a dram or two with Peter many a time over this period. I remember him to be a gentleman and a passionate Scots/ Canadian proud of his Highland heritage. ..my wife Lee is a MacLeod from a small village ,Garabost, just outside of Stornoway.. please accept our warmest thoughts and most sincere condolences.

Brian MacInnes

28 April 2021

Eleanor and Andrew, The shock of this news is still resounding. Please accept sincerest condolences from Carol Anne and myself. Peter will be remembered for many things - his piping, his interest in “things” especially music and bands, and his direct approach without insult but honest incite. He was always interested in talking to me about the 48th Military Band and I can distinctly recall seeing him at all the RCMI Concerts. Yes, Wembley - - a career highlight for many of us.
You also will have many, many memories. Cherish them but also share them - some with tears and some with laughter. In doing so, Peter will live in in spirit and in the hearts of many.
We are in awkward times and unable share directly in celebrating his life. Would it that we could! Nonetheless, we send our virtual hugs and wishes for your comfort in these coming days and beyond.
Brian

FROM THE FAMILY