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MCLEOD, George John

January 12, 1929 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
January 7, 2018 – San Diego, California

It is with sadness, but with gratitude for a life well-lived, that we announce the passing of George McLeod, while on vacation in California, after visiting with all his family.

Left to honour his memory are Elizabeth, his wife of 67 years, his children, Jolie (Dan) Peach, Kim (Lee) Montgomery, Lachlan (Gail) McLeod, Meredith (Rick) Merkel; grandchildren, Kenton (Liz) Peach, Kayla (Gerard) Prieto, Skye Montgomery, Connor Montgomery, Ariana McLeod, Jared McLeod, Carmen (Jason) Merkel, Jeffrey Merkel, Madelaine (Hassan) Sayed and great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Amelia.

George was predeceased by his siblings, Hazel Jourdin, Mildred Derrick, Carl McLeod and Don McLeod.

George was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK and attended Nutana Collegiate. While at the University of Saskatchewan he discovered his passion for geology, specifically in the field of oil exploration. His career spanned 65 years, with positions at Canadian Superior of California, Trident Drilling, U.S. Mining and Smelting, Canadian Devonian, and Samedan Oil of Canada. He was the Canadian manager in Samedan’s Calgary office, and was promoted to Vice President of the company in their head office in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He retired in 1986 as President of Samedan’s parent company, Noble Affiliates.

Unwilling to leave the oil patch behind, upon his return to Calgary he formed Geolock Resources with his son Lachlan. He reluctantly retired from active participation in Geolock in 2016.

He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Oil Patch Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame in 2003. He also funded the George McLeod Chair in Geology at his alma mater, the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.

Dad was able to indulge another of his passions – flying. He had his pilot’s license and a Cessna 182, and he was happiest to be in the air. He enjoyed a game of golf or two, playing bridge with good friends, driving with no particular destination in mind, and travelling the world, especially to Britain.

But the way he will be chiefly remembered is for his generous spirit. There are countless people he helped both professionally and personally, some of whom will never know the name of their benefactor. He believed that the truest generosity lives in silence.

A Celebration of George’s life will be held at Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 – 19th Street N.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. The family asks, if you are so moved, to make a donation in George’s name, to the Ore Gangue Alumni Bursary Fund. Cheques can be made out to The University of Saskatchewan, and mailed to University Relations, University of Saskatchewan, G15 Thorvaldsen Building, 110 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5C9. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of George McLeod, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Sincere condolences from a UofS classmate

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  2. Lach and Meredith, this is such sad news. I have wondered about your father many times over the past years. He was always so very kind to me, I guess everyone. My deepest condolences.

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  3. Vicki Harris-Quinby :

    Dear Lachlan,
    Gary and I are sad to read of your Dad’s passing. We’re so very sorry. You and your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I tried to reach you before our 49th class reunion June 2016. We missed you.

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  4. CATHEY POPKESS :

    To the entire McLeod family. It was great sadness that Joe and I learned of George’s passing. Joe and i will always be indebted to him for having the confidence in Joe to allow us to begin a lifelong career with Samedan/ Noble.

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  5. Bruce Shepard :

    Lach,
    I just received the news about George. Karen and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. I finer man I have never met. In both business and socially George was such a stand-up guy. It was a pleasure to have known him and to have worked with him. Our dads are now up there somewhere chipping away at the nearest outcrop with their rock hammers.

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  6. To Lachlan and the rest of the Family.

    Cheryl and I are deeply saddened of your loss. Y’all are in our thoughts and prayers my friend.

    Ron and Cheryl Edelen

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  7. Hello dear family – I want to say how much I enjoyed speaking with George every time I saw him walking around the circle of town homes in Varsity Estates when I was walking there with my dad Jim Kirker. He was always kind and seemed a true a gentleman. I loved the sparkle in his eyes and I sense he will be truly deeply missed. What a treasure of a man.

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  8. Great neighbor, great friend, great guy.Will miss our chats !

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  9. His legacy as a geologist, an Ore Ganguer, and a thoughtful philanthropist will last a very long time. As a “younger” OG Alumni Member and being a 45+ YR oil-patcher, I had the pleasure to meet George a couple times on a social basis. Sounds like I missed out not having encountered his savvy business perspectives.
    My condolences to his extensive family.

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  10. Jeannette Kubke :

    My heartfelt condolences to Mrs. McLeod, and all you children, big and little. In the 60’s, George McLeod was my boss at Samedan. I know what a fine person he was and remember him very fondly. My husband and I were the benefactors of one of his anonymous gifts – a wash bench that appeared on our porch one Christmas Eve. He loved, enjoyed and was so proud of all of you, and took great delight in recounting childhood incidents that occurred.

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  11. Robert Mason :

    I feel George McLeod warrants more than simple
    condolences. George was a friend and a wonderful roll
    model as a geologist, as a business man, and as a caring human being. May he rest at peace.

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