In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
MacLEOD, Ivor Edward (Mic) - 84, of Halifax passed away at Hospice Halifax on Monday, December 14th with daughter Leslie Ann and daughter-in-law Sharon by his side.
Born in Toronto, Ivor was the son of Scottish immigrants Evander MacLeod (Back, Isle of Lewis) and Mary Patton Wood MacLeod (Glasgow).
Seeking adventure, Ivor joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1953, training as a Navy cook. Shortly thereafter he met a charming young Haligonian named Elizabeth (Betty) Jackson. Ivor and Elizabeth were married in 1957, raised three children and celebrated 55 loving years together before Elizabeth's passing in 2012.
As a sailor, Ivor travelled the world serving aboard several vessels including HMCS Quebec, HMCS Bonaventure, HMCS Preserver and a six-month posting to HMY Britannia in 1964.
Ivor retired from the Navy in 1978 and moved on to a second career working aboard icebreakers in the Canadian Arctic, bringing home Inuit art and tales and photographs of polar bears, ice highways and tundra.
He was a proud and active member of the Chiefs’ and Petty Officers’ Mess (Halifax), where he played snooker, attended dances and dinners and socialized with friends. In retirement Ivor enjoyed spending time with his good, longtime friend Maurice Williamson in Maurice's Annapolis Valley workshop.
Ivor was predeceased by wife Elizabeth, sons Michael Ivor and Timothy Edward (all of Halifax) and sister Sheila Graham (Richmond Hill, Ontario). He is survived by daughter Leslie Ann (Hal Thompson) MacLeod (Halifax), daughter-in-law Sharon MacLeod (née Hartlen) (Halifax), grandson Scott (Tara Theriault) MacLeod (Halifax), grandson Benjamin Thompson and granddaughter Madeline Thompson (at home), great-grandsons Hunter and Lincoln MacLeod (at home) and brother-in-law Marcel Deschenes (Dartmouth).
Ivor was well travelled; hard working; charming; no nonsense; loving; generous; witty and wry; an excellent dancer; an avid reader; a loyal and dependable friend; and an exceptional father, father-in-law and grandfather. He was enormously proud of his family and they of him.
Cremation has taken place and Ivor’s ashes will be committed to the sea from a Navy vessel. A family memorial will be held at a later date.
The family wishes to extend sincere gratitude to the staff of Unit 6.2, QEII Infirmary and staff of Hospice Halifax for their care of and kindness to Ivor during the past 4 months.
In lieu of flowers the family would welcome donations to Hospice Halifax or to the charity of your choice. (Halifax Chronicle Herald 21 Dec 2020)
Ships served in:
HMY BRITANNIA - Served in Britannia in 1964