Peter Kenneth MacLeod
18 April, 1939 – 22 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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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.
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".
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
Bruce & Eileen Hall
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.
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.
27 April 2021
My dad, Patrick Mulvenna sends his condolences and wishes his friend Peter a peaceful journey and to thank him for his friendship and memories. May Peter RIP
Ellen & Glen Robins
27 April 2021
We are sending our sincere condolences to you and all of your family. What a shock to get the news! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. You have tons of good memories to cherish.....Hang on to them!
Love and prayers from Ellen and Glen & family.
26 April 2021
Eleanor & Andrew
Bonnee & I send our sincere condolences. We loved to hear Peter play the pipes.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Lorraine Clark (née Wilson)rutherie
26 April 2021
To Eleanor and Family,
I am sorry for your loss and send my love across the ocean.
I remember staying with you and Peter in the summer of ‘72, while I attended a course at the University of Toronto, You and Peter introduced me to the taste of lamb for the first time at the age of 21. Who knew then that I would be living in Australia, where lamb roast with rosemary is traditional Sunday dinner?
Visiting my son and his family in the UK on numerous occasions, Scotland and Ireland have become favourite places to be, especially Edinburgh, during the Military Tattoo, followed by the Fringe Festival. RIP, Peter McLeod.🏴🇵🇫