BREWER

Kenneth Parker MacLeod Sr., 78, died Oct. 23, 2001, in Bangor after a brave battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 14, 1923, in Skowhegan, the son of George and Mabel (McLaughlin) MacLeod.

Ken attended South Brewer grammar schools. He graduated from Brewer High School in 1940 and from the University of Maine, Class of 1947. A decorated fighter pilot, he held the rank of first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. During the Korean Conflict, he flew F-80ís in 30 combat missions for the U.S. Air Force. Kenneth began his business career as a sales representative for Procter and Gamble in Massachusetts. He earned the designation of Chartered Life Underwriter while working for National Life of Vermont in Bangor. He belonged to the First Congregational Church of Brewer for almost 50 years and served as a trustee. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Ralph Pollard Lodge, Scottish Rites, Anah Temple Shrine, and the VFW, also playing a major role in the United Fund of Penobscot County for many years. He served on the Brewer School Board and City Council, acting as mayor of Brewer while on the council. Ken began his career in state politics in 1962 as the state representative from Brewer. He was the Republican candidate for Congress in 1964. He then served in the Maine State Senate for four terms. His colleagues elected him Senate president three times, an unprecedented achievement at the time. After returning to the private sector, Kenís passion for politics and the State of Maine kept him in Augusta as a well-respected lobbyist until his retirement at the age of 71.

Ken enjoyed fly-fishing for Atlantic salmon along the Penobscot River and the rivers of Atlantic Canada. He belonged to the Eddington and Penobscot Salmon Clubs, the Penobscot Conservation Club, the Atlantic Salmon Federation and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed sailing and fishing with his children and was a devoted and generous grandfather, initiating many interesting outings with his grandchildren. He traveled south often to visit his great-grandchildren. Ken played a mean game of cribbage. His wit, intelligence and unique spirit will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Maida (Cosseboom) MacLeod in 1947, and by Priscilla (Ayer) MacLeod, his wife for 49 years, in 2000. He is survived by his children, Kenneth P. MacLeod Jr. and his wife, Cindy, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Pamela MacLeod of Union, Kathy MacLeod Hooke of Bethel, Scott and Kim MacLeod of Orrington, Barry MacLeod and his wife, Kathy, of Brewer, and Audrey MacLeod Peavey and close friend, Jamie Gallupe, of Bangor. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Laura, Erin, Kiel, Tara, Ian, Lauren and Erica; and by three great-grandchildren, Bailey, Casey and Carmen. He was predeceased by his first grandchild, Maida, in 1994. Also surviving are his sisters, Myrtle Foy and Dorothy and her husband, Arthur (Farr) Rowe; one brother, Roger MacLeod and his wife, Sue Ann; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Donna (MacLeod) Denny of Haverhill, Mass., and a favorite nephew, Peter. His older brother, Clifford, died in childhood.

A celebration of Kenís life was held Oct. 27, 2001, at the First Congregational Church on Church Street in Brewer. Those who wish may make donations in his memory to the First Congregational Church of Brewer or the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

 

   
   
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