Eight Bells: Ray McLeod
Published on February 15th, 2018
Ray McLeod, age 86, a lifelong resident of Lake county in Ohio, died peacefully Sunday February 11, 2018 with his immediate family by his side. He was born January 29, 1932 and served in the US Navy during the Korean War.
Ray was a lifelong member of the Painesville Elks Lodge #549, a founding member of the Middle Bass Island Yacht Club and a member of the National Association of Marine Surveyors.
Ray owned and operated Douglass & McLeod Inc. from 1951-2014. The company manufactured and sold the International 14, Highlander, Thistle and DM 22 sailboats. The business transformed into a company focused on repairs, winter storage, a retail store front, and surveying. A marina was also added.
Douglass & McLeod pioneered the use of fiberglass manufacturing the boats in the 1960s. This revolutionized the sailing industry as we know it today. Douglas & McLeod was the forerunner of Tartan Yachts.
Ray was most content and at home on the water with family and friends. Traveling, fishing, and being at the boat works or in the “shop” were his favorite pastimes. Ray lived large, lived well, lived long, and most importantly was loyal to those fortunate enough to call him a friend.
Ray is survived by his daughter Heather (McLeod) Rini, son-in-law Christopher Rini; and Grandchildren Jack and Anna Rini. Ray was preceded in death by his parents: Ray McLeod Sr. and Helen C. McLeod and sister Maxine “Mickey” Nicely.
A celebration of Ray’s Life will be held at 2-4 pm on Saturday March 17, 2018 at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor Ohio 44060. A memorial service with military honors will be 4 pm Saturday March 17, 2018 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve.