BAR HARBOR – James C. MacLeod, 87, died Jan. 21, 2012, at a Bangor hospital. He was born June 6, 1924, in Milltown, New Brunswick, son of Ellis R. and Marian (Tuck) MacLeod.
He grew up in Bar Harbor and attended the local schools, graduating from Bar Harbor High School. After school he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the 8th Armored Division’s 88th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, which was part of Gen. Simpson’s 9th Army, during World War II. As a member of this unit he participated in action around the Rhineland-Central Europe-Ardennes area. Upon completion of his military service, James returned home and was employed by the A.P. Food Chain in Bar Harbor, eventually being promoted to the position of manager in Baileyville. He married Jane Kraft from Trumansburg, N.Y., in 1947 and for 12 years they owned and operated MacLeod’s Variety Store and Cabins, located on the site of what is now Main Street Market and Grill. James and Jane were the owners of the original Bluenose Motel, which they operated for more than 14 years. He also worked as vice president of marketing and public relations at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Co. for 15 years, and was a member of the board of directors for this company for 37 years. He served as chairman of the Scholarship Committee of Bar Harbor Trust Services. An active politician for many years, he was a member of the Maine Banking Association and served on their Legislative Committee, part of that time as the chairman. Active on behalf of the Maine Banking Association in Washington relative to banking bills and their impact on the industry here in Maine as well as nationally. He served in the state Legislature during sessions 105, 106 and 107 as the representative for Mount Desert Island, and during his last term for Bar Harbor, Gouldsboro, Sorrento and Winter Harbor. During the 105-106 sessions he served as House chairman of the Natural Resource Committee and during the 107th he served as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. He was also chairman of the GOP County Committee and of the GOP Town Committee. He served as delegate to several state Republican conventions. He was appointed to the Maine Port Authority by Gov. McKernan and attended the inauguration of President Richard M. Nixon with his wife, Jane. During his period in the Maine House, he served with Rep. Don Collins and later had the opportunity to work on the campaign for his daughter, now Sen. Susan Collins. He also worked on the campaigns of Sen. William Cohen and Sen. Olympia Snow. James was a past member of Bar Harbor Motor Court Association, chairman and member of Bar Harbor School Board, and served on the Bluenose Committee for the town of Bar Harbor. He also served as director of Bar Harbor YMCA, Kebo Valley Golf Club, Maine Publicity Bureau, and Maine Innkeepers Association, of which he was also president. He was also a director and president of MDI Lions Club and current member and past commander of American Legion’s George Edwin Kirk Post No. 25, Bar Harbor. He was instrumental in organizing conventions for the American Legion and the Lions in Bar Harbor. He was also a member of Anah Temple Shrine. An avid golfer, he was also a past member of St. Croix Country Club, Calais, Kebo Valley Golf Club and Bar Harbor Golf Club. He also was active in the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce and worked with the Bar Harbor Community Santa Claus Committee for many years. He was a member of Bar Harbor Congregational Church and was an original trustee and founder of College of the Atlantic. He was also well known as a fundraiser for many local organizations, including MDI Hospital, MDI YMCA, Kebo Valley Golf Club and Jesup Memorial Library. James enjoyed summers at his cottage in Trenton and with his longtime friends, the Camerons, Stoddards and other neighbors on the Deasy Road. He was a longtime friend of Dr. John B. Ellis. For many years he hunted with a group of friends from Eastbrook and Bar Harbor at the so-called "Bull Hill Camp" in Township 16. He enjoyed "Seniors" golf with the Tuesday and Friday group at Kebo.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathryn A. MacLeod of Falmouth, who taught in the Portland school system. His sisters-in-law are Virginia (Kraft) Mitchell and husband, Hal, of California and Mildred (Kraft) Gourley of Las Vegas. His surviving brother-in-law is Raymond "Hud" Kraft of Trumansburg, N.Y. His niece, Lois Wade and her children, Alex and Andy Wade; nephew, Roger Willis and wife, Cheryl Prostack, and their children, Jake and Lily; and cousin, Mary (MacLeod) Cunningham and family reside in Bar Harbor. He also has many other relatives residing in Maine, California, Nevada and Canada. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 53 years, Jane (Kraft) MacLeod, who died Nov. 29, 2001; and a sister, Jean M. Willis, who died Aug. 1, 2011.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, with the Rev. Dr. Sandra M. Reed. Private interment will be in the spring at Ledgelawn Cemetery, Bar Harbor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609; Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609; YWCA, 36 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609; or Hancock County Home Care & Hospice, 82 Water St., P.O. Box 156, Blue Hill, ME 04614 and 93 Cottage St., Suite B, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at