Bruce McCready, a past reeve of Front of Leeds and Lansdowne, died on Dec. 8, at the age of 94.
The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (TLTI) announced his death via press release.
TLTI officials said McCready served on council for the township of Front of Leeds and Lansdowne in the 1980s and early 90s. TLTI Deputy Mayor Terry Fodey recollects that McCready served two terms as reeve.
Front of Leeds and Lansdowne was one of three townships, along with Rear of Leeds and Lansdowne and Front of Escott. which amalgamated to form TLTI in 2000.
McCready was a lifelong resident of the community. He grew up on Dulcemaine Road, and later, he and his brother, Floyd, purchased a farm on Sand Bay Road. At that farm, Bruce and his wife, Maxine, raised their children, David, Janice and Carolyn.
“Bruce worked tirelessly to enhance the quality of life for the community,” a statement from the township reads.
Fodey credited McCready for the impact he had on his own political career and described McCready as a mentor.
“I knew him all my life,” said Fodey. “We always interacted. He invited me to sit in on his re-election as reeve, at his request, to learn the process. He allowed a young lad in. I was learning. And with what I learned, I took that with me and recreated it with my own elections. He was a great guy, a community guy.”
Fodey called McCready a “hard-working man”.
“It’s a known fact that if you’re in agriculture and you had 100 sows, female pigs, you had your hands full,” said Fodey. “If you had 60 dairy cows for a single operation, that was large. Bruce operated 200 sows and milked 60 cows. And Maxine didn’t mind pitching in on the physical end either. She worked alongside him to make this happen. But Bruce, he was a workaholic. He never complained, he knew what should be done in the community, and he made sure he did his part.”
McCready is survived by his sisters, Beatrice Webster and Grace Bullock. He is predeceased by his parents James and Miriam (nee Tye) McCready, siblings Frances (Edward), Rupert (Thelma), Alexander (Grace), Floyd (Eunice), Thomas (Eva), and brother in laws Robert Webster and Herbert Bullock.
McCready was raised in Lansdowne on the family dairy farm with his seven siblings.
“Bruce, Maxine and family grew and nurtured Cedarholm Farm for over 50 years with passion and pride,” McCready’s obituary reads. “During his life, Bruce was a trustworthy and caring visionary, who always put others first while caring for his family, community and church.”
McCready acted in leadership positions with Junior Farmers, Milk Producers Board, Federation of Agriculture, and the Gananoque Co-op. Along with serving as councillor and reeve of the Front of Leeds and Lansdowne, McCready was also a Steward and Elder at Lansdowne United Church.
“Bruce’s faith, values, intelligence, wisdom and wit have positively shaped the lives of those he has loved and served,” McCready’s obituary reads. “He has left the world a better place. Bruce was cared for with skill, kindness, compassion and dignity by the devoted PSWs, nursing staff and support staff at Fox Run by the River Retirement home.”
Friends may call the Barclay Funeral Home in Lansdowne on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A celebration of life will be held in the chapel at 1 p.m.