Thomas James McLeod January 21, 1938 - January 7, 2020

Thomas James McLeod Sr.,  passed away on January 7, 2020 at the age of 81.  A proud and devoted lifelong Catholic, he was born January 21, 1938 in St. Paul, the son of Brenton Archibald McLeod and Frances Dorothy Wattles. He married Barbara Joanne Francis on March 13, 1957 in St. Paul and lived happily together with her in St. Paul for over 62 years. Graduate of Cretin High School, College of St. Thomas, and William Mitchell College of Law. He worked as an executive at West Publishing in St. Paul for 40 years until his retirement in 1996, when he started his own venture capital company.  He helped countless people and organizations throughout his life with donations of his time, talent and treasure. He was especially committed in his support of HealthEast hospitals where for decades he was an active weekly volunteer in the hospice unit.  He would go on to chair the committee that would spearhead the development of a new hospice center for HealthEast (The Pillars in Oakdale) where he himself was eventually a guest.

Preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Myrna Joy Grimes. He is survived by his wife Barbara Joanne; his children Joseph Michael (Joan), son Jeffery Thomas (Robin), Patricia Louise Todora (Dennis), Lisa Ann Lofquist, Scott Richard (Susan), William John (Jeanne), Robert Anthony (Danelle), and Thomas James Jr. (Kristy); 24 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

Visitation will take place at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 515 S Albert St, St Paul, MN 55116, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. He will be interred in a family plot at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Cretin-Derham Hall High School, The Pillars Hospice House in Oakdale, MN, or Listening House of St. Paul.

 

Visitation will take place at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 515 S Albert St, St Paul, MN 55116, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. He will be interred in a family plot at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Cretin-Derham Hall High School, The Pillars Hospice House in Oakdale, MN, or Listening House of St. Paul.

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    Morris and Sandy Todora Manning says

    So incredibly sad to hear about Tom’s passing, sending our love to the entire McLeod family. He will be missed by many including us. He was always so welcoming to us and it was always appreciated.

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    Candace Garry says

    Dear Bill, Bob and Jeanne ~ and McLeod Family: What a beautiful obituary and tribute to a wonderful man. His legacy of service, honor, faith and love lives on in all of you. We are especially touched to learn he was cared for at the very hospice where he devoted much of his time and care. Though we never met him, it is clear he instilled many of his own priceless values in his children. We hold you all close in our prayers, and we offer our heartfelt sympathy. Candy and Dan Garry, Mendota Heights

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    Cathy Brandes says

    I was so sorry to hear about Tom. He was one of the kindest and most generous individuals I had the pleasure to meet. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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    Mary Chapman says

    Barbara, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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    Melissa Johnson says

    Tom was a wonderful man and will be missed by many – he was always cheerful and great to talk with. Our prayers are with the family at this very difficult time.

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    BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya says

    Robin, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your precious father in-law. He was surely a gift to our community and our world. May your family be consoled by the spirit of love and caring that he so generous bestowed on all who knew him. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Beth Wilson says

    Tom made me feel so welcomed when I joined West Publishing Company 33 years ago. He invited me and the other new hires into his office and was so welcoming to us. He even gave each of us a briefcase which people used back then! I always enjoyed seeing him at our meetings over the years he was with the company. He really got Westlaw started and off the ground back then. I am sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful person and he will be missed.

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