Russell A. MacLeod, 97: Longtime B&M employee founded lab

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YARMOUTH — Russell Allen MacLeod, 97, died quietly at his home in Yarmouth on June 29.

He was born July 1, 1917, in Scotstown, Quebec, the son of Herbert and Ora (Skinner) MacLeod. He grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts, and earned a degree in industrial biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1939.

Upon his graduation, Russell was hired by Burnham & Morrill Co. in Portland, where he established a quality control laboratory. He remained at B&M until his retirement in 1976, and continued on staff as a consultant for several years afterward.

In 1940, MacLeod married Elaine Scott. Together, they made their home in Yarmouth and raised two sons, Dick and John. The couple also traveled and spent many seasons fishing for salmon at their camp on East Grand Lake. MacLeod and his wife enjoyed 52 years together until Elaine’s death in 1992.

In 1995, MacLeod married Shirley (Greene) Shedd. He and his new wife enjoyed summer vacations on Little Deer Isle and exploring family history on visits to England and Scotland.

MacLeod is survived by his wife, Shirley; his sons, Dick and John; his daughters-in-law, Barbara and Amelia; his grandchildren, Heather, Anne and her husband, Andrew Smith, Christopher and his wife, Anik Nadeau, William and James; and his great-grandchildren, Cayden and Sophie Smith. In addition, MacLeod was stepfather to Andrew and Kim Shedd.

The family extends thanks to MacLeod’s caregivers, who filled his days with good humor and made it possible for him to remain in his home until his death.

At his request, there will be no funeral. A graveside remembrance for family members will be held at a later date.

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