Duncan H. MacLeod

March 31st, 2018

Duncan H. MacLeod, age 84, of Wilmington, formerly of Reading, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2018, at the Winchester Hospital.

Duncan was born in Winchester, MA, on September 19, 1933. He was the dear son of the late August and Gladys MacLeod of Wilmington. Duncan was raised and educated in Wilmington, graduated from Kimball Union Academy in 1951, and went on to further his education at the University of Maine where he earned a bachelor’s Degree in business and Economics in 1955.

In April of 1956, Duncan, was recalled to active duty with the United States Navy and served overseas aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid air craft carrier. Duncan was honorably discharged on January 24, 1958 and returned home to his family. Following his return from active duty, Duncan, went to work as a sub-contractor for the Boeing-Vertol Company where he serviced the west coast region.

On October 29, 1962, Duncan married the “love of his life” Judith McLaughlin, formerly of Melrose. The couple settled in Reading, MA and became parents to two wonderful children, David and Carol. After his beloved wife, Judith’s, untimely passing in 1973, the family continued to reside in Reading where Duncan unselfishly raised both children.

A strong believer in family, Duncan was the beloved husband of the late Judith (McLaughlin) MacLeod, devoted father of Carol MacLeod of Andover, MA and David MacLeod & wife Carrie of Windham, NH. Loving “Papa” of Anne H. and Katherine E. MacLeod. Dear brother of Isabel Walker of Palo Alto, CA and the late Jean Davis of Whidbey Island, WA. Brother in law of Jill Hennigar and her late husband Dana of Reading. Duncan was fondly known as “Uncle Mac” to many cousins, nieces and nephews who survive him.

Duncan took a position in the Insurance Industry working for Bedell Brothers Insurance Company in Wilmington in 1964. Duncan’s vast knowledge of the industry, endearing personality, and great work ethic allowed him to form many friendships with his clients that have endured throughout the years.; Duncan finally retired following more than 30 plus years of dedicated service to his profession.

Duncan was a “giver” of his time and talents to help others and his community. He was a charter member of the Wilmington Kiwanis Club where he volunteered countless hours at their many fundraisers and charitable events. Post retirement, Duncan volunteered as an “earth angel” for Angel Flight, an organization that safely transports critically ill or injured patients from around the world offering them specialized care and compassion.

Duncan served proudly on the Board of Directors at the Reading Cooperative Bank where he made many memories and formed lifelong friendships. We are certain he will miss his many friends at the bank.

Duncan loved spending time with his family and most importantly his granddaughters, Annie and Kate MacLeod, and their family dog, Jim. Duncan’s love of the water originated from his time spent at the family home in Provincetown enjoying time at the beach with his wife and children, cooking dinner on the beach on the hibachi grill, or making clam chowder and enjoying freshly caught shellfish and playing croquet in the side yard. As many in Wilmington, will recall, in later years, Duncan greatly enjoyed working in his yard.

Duncan made friends easily and was loved by all who met him. Duncan was a very capable man who derived great satisfaction in helping others; whether that meant helping a neighbor, friend or family member fix a lawn tractor, provide a ride to the airport, or assist with insurance matters, Duncan was always there for his many friends and family.

The family is extremely grateful to the many nurses, clinicians and doctors who became so dear to him in his later years.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Wednesday, April 4th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Graveside Services with Military Honors will take place on Thursday, April 5th at 12:00 noon in the Forest Glen Cemetery, located at the Corner of Forest Glen Road and Pearl Street in Reading, MA.

In lieu of flowers donations in Duncan’s memory may be made to the Winchester Hospital Foundation, 41 Highland Ave., Winchester, MA 01890.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Duncan H. MacLeod”

  1. Douglas Andersen says:

    RIP Duncan. Will miss you.

  2. Gayle says:

    so sorry he was a favorite customer of mine at market basket always loved seeing and chatting with him. im so sorry

  3. Larz "Fred" Neilson says:

    Long-time neighbor and good friend, he was a great help with insurance matters. So sorry he’s gone.

  4. Angel Flight NE says:

    On behalf of Angel Flight NE, we thank Duncan for his commitment to our mission. He brought so much joy to so many of our patients. A true humanitarian. God Bless You Duncan!

  5. Julieann Thurlow says:

    On behalf of his many friends and fellow directors at Reading Cooperative Bank, we thank and honor a wonderful man for his many years of service to our bank and community. Duncan was always at this best when he was helping others; each of us has our own ‘Duncan story’ of how we were blessed having him in our lives. May your wonderful memories carry you through this difficult time and thank you, David and Carol for sharing him with us for so many years.

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