Brock McLeod died peacefully at 4:52pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. He was surrounded by family and friends, and was able to die at home thanks to the incredible support of our local Home Care Nursing team, family doctor Dr. Roy Gilbert, and palliative care oncologist Dr. Val Misuda.
A memorial service for Brock will be held on Friday, September 29 at 2pm at the Reformed Christian Church (930 Trunk Road) in Duncan, BC. We intentionally chose a beautiful, large-capacity venue so that anyone who would like to attend can do so. You are welcome to join us in saying goodbye to Brock and celebrating his too-short life.
In Brock’s memory
Brock loved learning and was a critical thinker who always offered a unique perspective. The McLeod family has initiated two bursary funds in his memory:
Cowichan Valley School District #79
This bursary will be awarded annually to a graduating high school student in the Cowichan Valley School District with an interest in post-secondary studies who demonstrates Brock-worthy critical thinking skills and a love for learning.
Donations to this fund can be mailed directly to Cowichan Valley School District #79 (cheque memo line: Brock McLeod bursary) c/o Secretary Treasurer, CVSD, 2557 Beverly Street, Duncan, BC V9L 2X3, or made online at: https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/28782 (message field: for the Brock McLeod bursary).
Vancouver Island University – Liberal Studies
This award will be given annually to a Vancouver Island University student entering their 3rd or 4th year of the Liberal Studies program.
Details on how to donate to this fund will be posted here shortly.
Organ & Body Donation
Brock was registered as an organ donor and eye donor, and wanted his body to be donated to UBC’s medical program. Unfortunately we were not able to fulfil his wishes in this respect, due to an infection he contracted a week before his death which disqualified him. I’ve included the links to these programs here with the hope that more people will choose to register and donate, and help others in a way that Brock wasn’t able to.
Thank you to our community
Our family was supported to an unbelievable extent by our community over the past years, in the form of cards, love tokens, fundraisers and hugs. Brock’s final years were stress-free and full of love. Thank you so much for your support.
From 2008-2015, Makaria Farm fed food-loving folks in Victoria, the Cowichan and Nanaimo.
In late 2014, farmer Brock was diagnosed with kidney cancer. In June of 2015 we learned that the cancer is extremely aggressive: he has stage 4 renal cell carcinoma. This is a terminal form of cancer. There is no known cure and no realistic hope of remission. Reluctantly, Brock and I (Heather) realized that farming was no longer possible for our family.
We sold our 10 acres of A1-ALR farm land in Cowichan Station, and have been selling off our farm’s assets.
Our life these days is all about our family, friends, and Brock’s bucket list. We roadtripped across Canada — all the way to Newfoundland! — in June and July of 2016, visiting family and long-distance friends. We went to Tofino in 2015 (an incredibly generous gift from our friends at the Community Farm Store), and continue to spend as much time as we can on Chesterman Beach, which is Brock’s favourite place to be.
We are so grateful to the many, many people who have supported our family. From gifts of meals to help with farm chores to financial support to cards and emails and Facebook messages, we have felt loved from the beginning. Thank you for helping us focus on our family and create a stress-free life while we revel in this time together.
Makaria Farm’s estate sale continues … Currently available for sale:
- ISHIDA INS-100 retail scale (certified for legal sale of products by weight)
- 6.5 hp, 196cc gasoline engine (new, never opened)
- 4-crew transplanting/harvest rig
- 1986 Ford Frontier motorhome (25′, starts & runs reliably)