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Born: Aug 03, 1943

Date of Passing: Feb 16, 2021

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August 3, 1943 - February 16, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Gerald Macleod late on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in Victoria, BC.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Meredith; his children, Fraser, Keiller (Dorothy) and Raili (Sandra); his grandchildren, Malcolm and Stella; and his brother Rod (Sheryl). He was predeceased by his brother Doug (2008), his sister-in-law Pat (2021); and his parents, Wells (1996) and Lillie (2002).
Our dad was born in Rose Valley, SK and after completing graduate school at Carlton University in Ottawa, he married our mom, Meredith and they settled in Winnipeg. He was a teacher and administrator in the Fort Garry School Division (now Pembina Trails SD) for many years, starting at Acadia Junior High, before becoming principal of Pembina Crest, General Byng and Vincent Massey Collegiate. He took great pride in his work, in the lives of the students in his charge and providing leadership for the teachers in his schools. Upon retiring in 1998, he established the International Student Program for FGSD. All of his experience in education led him to co-founding Maple Bear Global Schools in 2005. With Maple Bear he was able to bring his vision for teaching and providing education opportunities for children to countries all over the world, leading to the establishment of hundreds of schools which are now located in Brazil, India, Mexico, Turkey, Albania, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Siri Lanka, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States and Vietnam.
Through education, he was able to make deep connections and wonderful lasting friendships everywhere he travelled. He enjoyed experiencing the different cultural settings and environments each school or country presented. He strived to provide to his teachers and administrators all the tools and guidance to be successful.
He firmly believed that education was a lifelong journey, and he enjoyed that journey through every day of his life.
He became an avid traveller after winning a scholarship to study for a year in Tours, France during university. This was a passion he shared with Meredith and his family. He believed experience was a wonderful teacher and wanted all of us to see what the world had to offer. Whether it was taking his family to France for a year to experience a new culture, his sons to Ghana to see the land their ancestors came from, his daughter and grandkids to see Paris or with his wife on a life-changing safari in Africa. He saw value in seeing the world, as it provided him, and us, with an open mind and kept us grounded and humble, with great respect for what we have and where we are from.
He was first and foremost a family man, and was a great father, husband and grandfather. He showed us that you can build a life with your partner based on trust and love, and it can survive all the challenges that come up. Together with Meredith, he ensured we always had a safe stable environment with every opportunity possible to grow and experience life. He believed in his family, nurtured our potential, and accepted us for who we are, unconditionally. He was always ready with a wise word of advice, with a helping hand when we needed it, or simply a hug to let us know he was always there. He had a wonderful command of language and instilled in us his love of reading. He had a great sense of humour and enjoyed sharing a good laugh. He taught us the importance of family, to care for those in your charge. He demonstrated to us the importance of taking pride in our name and reputation, as it is what defines all of us. He showed us the value of respecting and trusting those you work with, treating them equally and fairly. He was always looking forward to the future and what would come next and enjoyed the challenge of starting new things and including others in his vision.
He was happiest in his final years when he was with his family, sharing time and adventures with his wife, helping his children on their journey into adulthood and beyond, and enjoying time with his beloved grandkids, Malcolm and Stella.
Our dad is gone, but his education legacy and impact continue on through his students, his staff and teachers he worked with both here in Manitoba, and all over the world, and through us, his family. We thank him for every gift he gave us, but most importantly, for the gift of being our father.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Sistema Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, which is a program that delivers musical training at no cost for participating families.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Gerald (Mac) and I met at the UofS in 1961 and became fast friends - an enduring friendship. We shared apartments in Montreal while working, and in Ottawa while doing graduate work. Although our lives took us in different directions, those shared moments when we were able to meet were precious - our marriages in the same year, the birth of their 3 children, camping together, travelling together the pleasure of hearing his voice on the phone - sharing so many things and ideas and hearing about his work with Maple Bear. Mac's passing was a huge shock to us and has left a hole in our lives. Our deepest condolences go to Meredith (the Boss), Fraser, Keiller and Raili. Truly, there were few like him. - Posted by: Norm & Pat McLeod (friend) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • Meredith, Fraser, Keiller, Raili and families, we are saddened to hear this news of Gerald, such a fine person as you have so aptly shared. Allison, Krista and I have fond memories of him and our many wonderful family times together in earlier years. His was always a warm, welcoming presence then and also for me in later years as a colleague in our school division. Thinking prayerful thoughts of love and care, Elaine - Posted by: Elaine Hansen (friend) on: Mar 08, 2021

  • Dear Meredith, Please accept my sincere condolences on the death of Gerald. May he Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Kelly Phillips (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Hello Meredith and family. Gerald was my home room teacher and French teacher in Grade 10 at Mount Royal Collegiate in Saskatoon. He was always smiling and upbeat; he loved teaching, especially French. He was one of a few teachers at Mount Royal who encouraged my love of languages, something that I pursued at the University of Saskatchewan. I do remember meeting you, Meredith, on occasion, at school events and dances where I believe you both chaperoned. I read the tribute from the family and was absolutely astounded at his educational legacy, though not surprised, from my recollection of his teaching and relationships with students through those high school years. I wish I had had the opportunity to connect with you both while you were in Winnipeg. My spouse, Val, and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family at this very sad time. Bill Atkinson, Winnipeg. - Posted by: Bill Atkinson (Former student) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • To the MacLeod Family, I send my sincere condolences on the passing of Gerald, teacher and colleague, “Mr. MacLeod” as I knew him. I have spoken of “Mr. MacLeod” many times over the yearswith admiration and fondness, as he was my Grade 9 home room and French teacher. Many years later after becoming a teacher myself, and returning to Manitoba, I had a brief teaching position at Vincent Massey where “Mr. MacLeod” was the principal. I remember his passion and talent to engage, endowed and educate his students and his staff. He will be very sadly missed. - Posted by: Judy (Elias) Barton (Student and Colleague) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Hi Meredith and family, I am thinking of you and your family today as you navigate this difficult time. Gerald was a wonderful person and he will be missed by all that had the pleasure to know him. His was a life well-lived and his magnificent smile will never be forgotten. May each day bring a lessening of sorrow and peaceful reminders of the love that will live forever in your hearts. - Posted by: Margaret O'Hara (Colleague to Meredith) on: Feb 25, 2021

  • Mr. Macleod was our school Principal at Pembina Crest as well as Vincent Massey Collegiate and I had the pleasure of passing him in the halls for most of my public school education. He was always very kind and patient with all of the students and we all remember him with great fondness. We should all be so fortunate to have such a wonderful administrator overseeing our learning. I wish his family peace during this difficult time. My sincerest condolences, Catharine. - Posted by: Catharine (Former student) on: Feb 25, 2021

  • I had the pleasure of working as a substitute in Vincent Massey School office over several years and found Mr Macleod to be an interesting and genuinely pleasant person to work for. His sense of humor and positive reinforcement of my efforts have placed him forever in the top three of my favourite people to work with. He will leave an unfillable place in this world. My sympathies to his family at this sad time. - Posted by: Jennifer Carter (temporary secretary) on: Feb 25, 2021

  • Hi Meredith, I wish all the strength for you and your family at this time. Gerald will always be a dear friend and somebody that made us believe we could turn ourselves into great educators. He changed our lives and the education of hundreds of thousands of children around the world. A light that has been illuminating our destinies and impacted us forever. I would attend his service in person if I could and also I'm sure that all MB staff that worked directly with him is praying for you and your family. My sincere and deepest condolences. ANDRÉ SOBREIRA - Posted by: Andre Sobreira (friend) on: Feb 25, 2021

  • Meredith and family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you hold many happy memories dear in your hearts. Take of yourselves and each other. - Posted by: Verna Nitsche (Friend and former co-worker) on: Feb 24, 2021

  • Dear Meredith and family, The daughter of two teachers (one whom worked in Pembina Trails), I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. MacLeod as my Principal across four years at Institut Collegial Vincent Massey Collegiate. What stood out to me-still now-is how much he loved being at school. Passing Mr. MacLeod in the hallways meant a big smile and friendly hello for students-by name! I remember him being at band concerts, assemblies and the countless moments that help transform a school into a community-and how much respect he received. His legacy of education has touched thousands of students around the world. As one of them, I feel grateful for his passion to share learning with those around him, and mourn his passing. My deepest condolences for your loss. Sincerely, Meaghan - Posted by: Meaghan (Former student) on: Feb 24, 2021

  • We take so much for granted. Only in our later years do we appreciate things that happened often by chance. One of those events was having the great fortune of living in the same neighbourhood with Gerald and Meredith Macleod. Lots of memories, all good. Appreciate the impact you guys had on our lives. Kerry and Roger Kane - Posted by: Kerry and Roger Kane (Neighbour and Friends) on: Feb 24, 2021

  • Dear Meridith and family. I am so sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. My thought are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Wendy Pritchard (Friend and fellow teacher) on: Feb 24, 2021

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