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WINCHENDON - Basil B. MacLeod Jr, 88, of Winchendon and Rindge, died peacefully at his residence, Thursday evening, June 14, 2018, with his family at his side.
He was born in Boston, MA on August 14, 1929, son of the late Basil B. and Alice L. (Pangborn) MacLeod, and lived in Rindge and Winchendon for most of his adult life.
Basil was an educator. After graduating from Lexington High School, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Boston University and Suffolk University. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Security Agency stationed at Baumholder, Germany during the Korean War.
He began his teaching career at Haviland Jr High School in Hyde Park, NY and Conant High School in Jaffrey, where he then became Guidance Director. He later served as Guidance Director at Monadnock Regional High School in Swanzey and was the original Director of Admissions at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. His last 19 years as an educator, were spent as Director of Special Education for the Winchendon Public Schools. Following his teaching career, he continued working for Simplex and Teleflex, finally retiring at the age of 81.
Basil was an avid reader. He enjoyed gardening, hiking, traveling, camping, genealogy and antiques. He was a member of the Rindge Historical Society and enjoyed spending time at the Rindge Museum which was once the family farm.
His wife, Kay (Pangborn) MacLeod, died in 1980. He leaves two children, Kent F. MacLeod and his wife Susan of Exeter, NH and Karla J. MacLeod and her husband Al Lefebvre and a grandson Andrew M. Lefebvre, all of Rindge; a brother, Edward P. MacLeod and his wife Rose of Kennebunkport, ME; his longtime companion, Nancy J. Peirce of Winchendon and her two children, Jennifer M. Buckley of Chesapeake, VA and Jonathan M. Peirce of Virginia Beach, VA, four grandchildren, Kellcie Welker, Alex Buckley, Zachary Buckley, and Jacob Peirce and one great grandson, Westin Welker, all of Virginia.
A memorial service will be held on his birthday, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 11 A.M. at the Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon. A calling hour will precede the service from 10 to 11 A.M.
Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Rindge, NH.
Memorial donations may be made to the Rindge Historical Society, 24 School Street, Rindge, NH 03461.