Alex MacLeod will be remembered in a way that he would probably appreciate. Port Alice council unanimously supported a motion by Coun. Ardie Bazinet to establish a Lions Park beautification trust fund at the local Scotiabank to honour the long-time resident’s contributions to the community.
“His daughter, Aileen, who lives in Vancouver, said she likes the idea,” said Bazinet. “Alex was very community minded. He was all about community and he dedicated a lot of his time to bettering the community. That’s why we are starting this fund.”
Bazinet said she thinks a water feature such as an artificial stream would be a nice addition to the park. She is planning to have the family visit in August to take part in a dedication ceremony.
The prominent Port Alice businessman died Jan. 14. He was the owner-operator of the Port Alice Chevron Service Station and served on council and the regional district board between 1968 and 1975 in various capacities including a term in the mayor’s chair from 1974 to 1975.
“The Village of Port Alice was incorporated on June 11, 1965 so it is fair to say that Alex MacLeod was very instrumental in the early development of the Village of Port Alice,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Gail Lind.
In 1987 MacLeod’s developmental work was recognized with his appointment as Freeman of the Village of Port Alice.