MA­CLEOD, Fr. Gre­gory Jerome

Cape Breton Post - - In Memoriam -

We re­gret to an­nounce the pass­ing of Fa­ther Gre­gory Jerome Ma­cLeod, 81, on Wed­nes­day, May 3rd, 2017, in Syd­ney, NS.

Born in Syd­ney Mines on Novem­ber 24, 1935, he was the son of the late John T. and Rose (Turner) Ma­cLeod.

He re­ceived his early ed­u­ca­tion from the able hands of the Sis­ters of Notre Dame in Syd­ney Mines.

He was or­dained to the priest­hood on May 27th, 1961. He served in sev­eral parishes for a year, firstly with Fa­ther Michael Gil­lis in Stel­lar­ton, from whom he first learned the social teach­ings of the church as be­ing put in prac­tice at the parish level. He was ap­pointed to teach at Xavier Ju­nior Col­lege. From there he went to the Univer­sity of Lou­vain in Bel­gium where he ob­tained a doc­tor­ate in Phi­los­o­phy, con­tin­u­ing with post-doc­toral stud­ies at Ox­ford Univer­sity in Eng­land. When he re­turned to teach at Xavier Col­lege in 1969, he quickly be­came in­volved in the eco­nomic prob­lems of the area. He was the founder of New Dawn En­ter­prises in Syd­ney, New Deal De­vel­op­ment in Syd­ney Mines, BCA with its var­i­ous sub­sidiaries, and the Tomp­kins In­sti­tute. These in­sti­tu­tions gave birth to a num­ber of projects and com­pa­nies too nu­mer­ous to men­tion. From the time of his surgery for can­cer to the time of his death three months later, he con­tin­ued com­plet­ing projects and ini­ti­ated sev­eral new ones.

He was in­ti­mately in­volved in the strug­gle to grow Xavier Ju­nior Col­lege into the Univer­sity Col­lege of Cape Bre­ton, as well as the strug­gle to main­tain the Coast Guard Col­lege in Cape Bre­ton.

His work spilled into other coun­tries, most no­tably in the Yucatan re­gion of Mex­ico, where a num­ber of com­mu­nity projects credit him as their vi­sion­ary founder. He was an avid pro­moter of Cape Bre­ton mu­sic and cul­ture, and the jovial host of his house ceilidhs, where hun­dreds of mu­si­cians joy­fully played over a pe­riod of some 40 years. He was a friend of both Mi’kmaq and Aca­dian Cul­tures and played a ma­jor hand in the de­vel­op­ment of Mi’kmaq stud­ies at the Univer­sity Col­lege of Cape Bre­ton.

Fa­ther Greg was an in­ter­na­tion­ally re­spected writer on the topic of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment. His works were trans­lated into Span­ish, Ja­panese and Korean. On the oc­ca­sion of the launch­ing of one of his books in South Korea, he was made a hon­ourary cit­i­zen. He was the re­cip­i­ent of the Or­der of Canada, as well as of hon­ourary de­grees from Dal­housie Univer­sity, The At­lantic School of The­ol­ogy and Saint Fran­cis Xavier Univer­sity He is sur­vived by sis­ter, Bev (Mitche­li­tis) (John Dan), Syd­ney Mines; brother, Jack (Anita), In­go­nish; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

Be­sides his par­ents, he was pre­de­ceased by his broth­ers, Melvin, Michael, Bob, Jim, Bill, and a sis­ter, Theresa.

Visi­ta­tion will be held at Mem­ber­tou Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Thurs­day, May 11, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. The fu­neral liturgy will be held at Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity Canada Games Com­plex, on Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m., with a re­cep­tion to fol­low.

Me­mo­rial mass with com­men­da­tion will be held at Holy Fam­ily Catholic Church in Syd­ney Mines on Mon­day, May 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. with a re­cep­tion to fol­low in the parish hall. The re­mains will be re­ceived at 10 a.m. in the church if you would like to pay your re­spects be­fore mass.

In lieu of flowers, please send do­na­tions to the Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety of Cape Bre­ton.

The fam­ily would like to thank all friends, med­i­cal per­sons and lay per­sons who pro­vided care and com­pas­sion which brought Fa­ther Greg peace and com­fort dur­ing his ill­ness.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are un­der the care and di­rec­tion of J. M. Jobes Fu­neral Home, 635 Main St., Syd­ney Mines. Ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy may be for­warded to his fam­ily at www. jmjobesfu­ner­al­home.com.

A re­tired pro­fes­sor at CBU and dear friend of Fa­ther Greg’s, Dr. Har­vey Johnston, has summed up the world view un­der­pin­ning Greg’s ap­proach in a yet to be pub­lished book as fol­lows:

At times, our ac­tions can leave the world in a bet­ter state than we found it.

When it is within our ca­pac­ity to act in these ways, we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to do so. This is a moral im­per­a­tive.

The greater one’s ca­pac­ity to bring about such pos­i­tive change, the greater one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to act.

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