WENHAM — Edward J. McLeod, 86, was born in Gloucester, Mass., to Eva M. (Conrad) Sousa. He was the beloved husband of his “angel” M. Isabelle (Leman) MacLeod; loving father to Scott MacLeod and his wife, Maria, Sharon McBride and her husband, Howard, and Alison Howe and her husband, Frank; caring brother to Kathleen Poole and A. Dewey; and devoted Papa to Jessica and Emily Howe, Erin, Patrick and Caitlin McBride, and Andrea and Stephanie MacLeod.
Papa was a selfless husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He loved to joke, and touched the lives of everyone with whom he met.
He graduated from Gloucester High School in 1945, and entered the U.S. Army, serving from 1945 to 1947. He entered Bentley School of Accounting in 1947, and graduated in1949. From 1951 to 1952, he played semi-pro football for the Gloucester Crimson Tide. Before retiring from the National Marine Service in Gloucester in 1992, he worked for Lipman Marine Products, Usen Products, Inc. in Woburn, Mass., Pt. Judith Fishermen’s Cooperative, Narragansett, R.I., The Gorton Corporation, and Gloucester By Products. He served as an advisor to ICNAF and advisor of SCORE, was a Gloucester City Councilor, and served on the Mass Seaport Development Committee, Mass Maritime Advisory Committee, Gloucester Fisheries Commission, Harbor Development Committee, Gloucester Seafood Producers, New England Fisheries Development Foundation, New England Fisheries Steering Committee, and was chairman of the New England Fisheries Management Council, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and master of Tyrian Lodge. But most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 9 Dane Street, Downtown Beverly, on Saturday, from 9 to 11 a.m. A funeral service will follow at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 2 Dane Street, Beverly, at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will be held at Beech Grove Cemetery, Rockport. Memorial donations may be made in Ed’s Memory to the United Methodist Church, 2 Dane St., Beverly, MA 01915, or Wenham Senior Council on Aging, 10 School St., Wenham, MA 01984, or the Danvers Senior Center, Supportive Adult Day Program, 25 Stone Street, Danvers, MA 01923. For information, directions, or condolences, visit www.campbellfuneral.com.