Kirk MacLeod

November 7, 1971April 6, 2014
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David "Kirk" MacLeod (42) passed away on April 6, 2014, at home, surrounded by his wife and family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in St. John's NFLD, but raised in Liverpool NS, he was the son of Gordon and Shaune MacLeod. Kirk was passionate about his work as a security advisor for the United Nations, Martial Arts, CrossFit and travel. Kirk was larger than life, and lived life large. Canada World Youth took him to Indonesia in his early twenties, he was a Dive Master and open water dive guide in Costa Rica a few years later. He began his work in peacekeeping with the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in the late 1990's, and later work with the United Nations took him to live in Kosovo, New York, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. He visited numerous other countries, many of them war zones, throughout his career. He was a second degree black belt in Aikijutsu, and was recently raised to black belt in Kenpo Karate. His love of martial arts impacted every aspect of his philosophy on life. In recent years, Kirk also became involved in CrossFit, first at CrossFit NYC, and later at CrossFit Kinetics in Halifax. It was a community he was proud to be a part of. CrossFit also helped Kirk train for the Big Swim last summer across the Northumberland Strait, which was instrumental in his recovery from recent cancer treatments. He enjoyed board games, comics, and books; he was a great reader and was always well informed and willing to offer an opinion or advice. Finally, and most importantly, Kirk was a great friend and family man. He touched lives and made friends all over the world, and deeply loved, and was loved by his family. He will be missed beyond measure. Kirk is survived by his loving wife, Paige (Rockwell), daughter, Chloe, sons, Tristan and Gabriel, parents, Gordie and Shaune, brother, Scott, his in-laws, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Betty and Art Killam, Margaret and Donald MacLeod, uncle, Kenneth MacLeod, and best friend, Jason Chaffey. Visitation will be held at J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, (455-0531) on Saturday, April 12 from 3-6 pm. Memorial Service will be held Monday, April 14 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Brigadoon (a charity close to Kirk's heart), or the QEII Cancer Centre. Condolences and stories may be sent to Paige at or


  • Visitation Saturday, April 12, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Monday, April 14, 2014

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Bram Frank

November 16, 2014

Kirk was my friend and a believer in my knives and training.. he carried my CRMIPT tools in his peacekeeping missions overseas. He was a good man , and I'll miss him. My condolences to his family and other friends.

Melanie Forbes

April 20, 2014

My sincere condolences to the Killam family

tim shaw

April 19, 2014

...and his teachers at Dal were taught much by Kirk & followed his unique career with pride. His premature passing is trumped by his very full life, which he shared with us all. Easter 2014 will be forever marked by this melancholy association, Tim Shaw (Dalhousie faculty for three decades)


April 17, 2014

RIP my dear friend, it has been a privilege knowing and working with you as a friend and a colleague. To Kirk's family please accept my sincere condolences for your untimely loss. May Gods blessing shower upon you and my Kirks soul rest in peace.
Joe Misivono
UNDSS Cambodia

Joe Misivono

April 17, 2014

Kirk was my friend in FB and a colleague in the UN. We are saddened by your early departure. May Gods blessing be with the family. RIP my Friend
UNDSS Cambodia

Suad Cengic

April 16, 2014

RIP my friend...

Brenda Wilson

April 16, 2014

I am so saddened by Kirk's passing and at such an early age. Although it is many years since I saw him, I remember him well as a very young man. I worked in the library in Liverpool N.S. We had many conversations about his sojourn in Indonesia. Sincere condolences to his family and "May God keep him ever in the palm of His hand". He would have known me a Mrs Brenda Grant mother of Stephanie and Kristian.

Stephanie Riley

April 15, 2014

I am so sorry to hear about Kirk's passing. I went to High School with Kirk, and although we didn't hang with the same crowd, we attended the same church and played in the Handbell Choir. He was a very funny, friendly guy. Heartfelt condolences from me to Kirk's friends and family. May God bless you and keep you strong. Prayers for you all.

Anne Marie Joudrey

April 14, 2014

I was so shocked and saddened by the news of Kirk's passing. We were in the same class in Grade 12 and sat by one another in Math class. He was such a nice guy and very intelligent. I know he will be missed by many. My heart goes out to his wife, children and families. Xo

Jose Dos Santos

April 14, 2014

THE MEASURE OF A MAN: Not - "how did he die" But - "how did he live" Not - "what did he gain" But - "what did he give" These are the units To measure the worth Of a man, as a man, Regardless of birth.
Kirk will remain in our hearts forever. Jose Dos Santos (Dominican Republic)