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Ray McLeod "Crossed the Bar" Feb 11 2018

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Sad to say that good friend, master boat builder and sailor Ray McLeod of Douglass and McLeod and Tartan Yachts, passed away 10:17 pm February 2018 from complications of pneumonia. 

Builder of Thistle, Highlander, International 14', D&M 22, Tartan 27,  Tartan 34. Tartan Black Watch and many others.   Ray will long be remembered for his boat building and sailing skills,  his fierce loyalty to his friends and his willingness to help any boater in need.....as long as you didn't try to feed him a line of bull shit and piss him off at some time.   He had one helluva a memory, get him once and you'd seldom get a second shot.

Met Ray in Sept of 1976... 41 years ago.  He became not only a close friend and supporter/critic(?) of my one boat build, many mods to the same and antics that followed, but an almost fatherly mentor in other areas of my life.  For those who knew him; Ray could more than hold his ground - and did on more than one occasion- , was fun to be around, generous to a fault, had great respect for loyalty and was a damned good beer drinker.  In his eyes there was only one way to do things, it was the right way or nothing. 

Yesterday the sailing world lost one it's greats, for those of us who knew him, we lost a dear friend.

JA - Grand River. 

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I had the good fortune to sail on both the 27 and 34.  I don't remember either failing in the famous Lake Erie chop.  The man built great boats.

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Ray sold the yard and marina in 2014. Had a helluva a party later that year when it was time to move on....

Pic below taken at the "retirement" party we held for him in the old "Kishman" building in the yard.  Birthplace of the first Tartan 27's and others.

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JA,very nice tribute to Ray.Always enjoyed conversations with him.Sail on Ray....

 

 

 

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Ray standing next to a retirement gift at his party in the Kishman bldg - Nov 2014.

He pulled the last Thistle hull that had been sitting in, and protecting, the tooling for probably 30 years (not much more than a skin) and put it in a dumpster.  Pulled it out when he wasn't looking (not easy to do), cut the transom off and finished it up as a retirement gift from all of us.  Authentic right on down to an original builders plate, rudder gudgeons .

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5 minutes ago, jww said:

JA,very nice tribute to Ray.Always enjoyed conversations with him.Sail on Ray....

lots more to come..

 

 

 

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September 23, 2015. 

Ray got a visit from owner of Thistle Hull #7...maybe a Highlander... Can't say for sure, but can say he was a happy camper.

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Obituary for Ray McLeod

Ray McLeod, age 86, a lifelong Lake county resident, died peacefully Sunday February 11, 2018 with his immediate family by his side at TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Twp Ohio. 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.

Mr. McLeod owned and operated Douglass & McLeod Inc. from 1951-2014. The company manufactured and sold the world-renowned International 14, Highlander, the Thistle and the 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 a later date at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor Ohio 44060.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve.
 

 

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Thanks. Nice pics. I knew there was a still a hull in the mold. Nice use of it. I haven't been down that way in a decade at least. As kids we used to fish off his wall there, back when the commercial fishing boats sat next door. The 70s and into the 80s.

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