Frederick Albert McLeod
We regret to advise of the death of Frederick Albert McLeod at Victoria Hospice in Victoria BC on 5 October 2013 at the age 95 years. Fred was an RCAF veteran of the Second World War. He continued to serve with the RCAF as a Construction Engineering officer after the war.
Fred was born in Trail BC and grew up in Vancouver BC. During the Second World War, he flew with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force in Canada and overseas as a Signals Officer and Squadron Signals Leader with the Husky Squadron No. 437. His last official flying operation was with the Russian Air Force out of Berlin immediately following the end of the war.
After the war, Fred worked and studied as an architect who specialized in hospital design. He re-joined the RCAF in 1953 as a Construction Engineering officer and served in the Directorate of Construction Engineering Design at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. One of his principal responsibilities was Project Officer for the design of the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa. He was appointed Senior Engineering Officer in 1960 and accepted the hospital on behalf of the commanding officer the next year.
After his retirement from the RCAF, Fred returned to his former architectural firm of Thompson, Berwick and Pratt and worked on the planning of the University of British Columbia Health Sciences Centre. Fred and his family next moved to Victoria where he joined the University of Victoria Campus Planning Department and remained with them for 17 years.
Fred enjoyed boating, fishing and traveling for many years. He also loved to play golf with many friends at the Cowichan Golf and Country Club. Fred was an active computer buff and Amateur Radio Operator (VE7FBW) who belonged to the Victoria New Horizons Amateur Radio Club, The Short Wave Club, the Western Amateur Radio Association, and the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society. Fred was also a member of the British Columbia Maritime Museum and the British Columbia Aviation Museum as well as the Vancouver Island Air Crew Association. Another hobby of Fred's was woodworking in his well-equipped workshop.
By Fred's request there will be no funeral service. Online condolences can be sent to the funeral home.