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.
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.
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.
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.