Ronald's Story

MATTAWAMKEAG - Ronald E. McLeod, 70, died on January 27, 2016 in Burlington MA with his family by his side. He was born on October 12, 1945 to Maynard and Phyllis McLeod. Ronald was raised by his grandmother, "Grammie Bartlett," whom he loved, respected and learned lifetime values from.

Ron, also known to many as "Barney" and "Ole Dead Eye," came from humble beginnings to retire after 38 years from Great Northern Paper Co. in East Millinocket as a Pipefitter. Ron's favorite pastime was playing cribbage in local tournaments and also tried to be the annual champ vs. his son at his favorite hunting camp "Todd's Lodge." Ron loved to hunt, and was known to be a crack shot (to which his nickname "Ole Deadeye" came about). He looked forward to the annual poker night at his brother's hunting camp "Buckhorn North." Fishing and 4 wheeling with his family were very special times for him. Ron enjoyed watching the Red Sox and Patriots, but sometimes joked that he would "root for who was in first place" just to get everyone riled up. Ron had such a big heart and would gladly give the shirt off his back for anyone in need. He lived for his wife, kids, and grandkids, and had a special place in his heart for his dogs "Sassy" and Blue Boy."

Ron is survived by his wife of 46 years, Connie Delano McLeod; children, Todd McLeod and wife Megan of Belfast, Kristin Moody and husband Arnold of Lincoln, and Kelli Bard and husband Brandon of Lincoln; eleven grandchildren, Gavin and fiancée Molly, Kasey, Ben, Max, Drew, Makiah, Kylee, Garrett, Lily, Adam, and Skylar; two sisters, Opal Vaillancourt and husband Roger, and Ruby Bennett and husband Barry; two brothers, Richard Colson and wife Jody, and Phillip Currier and wife Lisa; a special mother-in-law, Susan Oliver and husband Charlie; several nieces and nephews, and many brothers and sisters-in-law.

He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Everett and Arthur McLeod; father-in-law, Byron Delano Sr.; and his special little grandson, Brenden, who is waiting for him in Heaven.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, February 4 from 6pm to 9 pm at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd, Lincoln Maine. A service will be held on Friday, February 5 at 3pm at the funeral home. A spring burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Lee. A memorial fireworks celebration is planned for the summer at Silver Lake so we can hear Ron's trademark signature phrase "Pretty, Pretty, Pretty."

Those who wish may donate in Ron's memory to the Mattawamkeag Methodist Church, c/o Lois Foss, 16 Marietta Dr, Apt 3, Lincoln ME, 04457.
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