Richard J. MacLeod, age 80

of Hanover

Richard J. MacLeod, age 80

Richard J. MacLeod, age 80, of Hanover, formerly of Quincy, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth.

Richard was born in Quincy, to the late Duncan J. and Catherine M. (Beaton) MacLeod. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1959, and later graduated from Eastern Nazarene College, Class of 1965, where he majored in Mathematics. Richard earned his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Northeastern University. He also received a Certified Advanced Graduate Study degree in secondary education from Northeastern University. He had lived in Hanover for fifty-four years, previously in Quincy.

Richard was an educator and retired principal of Hingham High School. He began his career in Hingham as a Mathematics teacher, served as assistant principal at Central Junior High School for seven years and then as principal for eight years. He was appointed principal of Hingham High School in 1983 where he remained for seventeen years, retiring in 2000 after a total of thirty-five years of service with the Hingham Public Schools.

He was also an adjunct professor at Eastern Nazarene College for eight years teaching mathematics and education to graduate students.

Richard was a lifelong, third-generation active member of the Fort Square Presbyterian Church in Quincy. He was involved in many church activities including as a Sunday school teacher, serving as an elder, and as treasurer for fifty years.

He enjoyed gardening, travelling, and was well-known for his woodworking skills. He especially enjoyed being with his family and friends.

Beloved husband for fifty-six years of Margaret A. “Peggy” (Phipps) MacLeod.

Devoted father of Roderick D. MacLeod and his wife Tiffany of Hanson.

Brother of the late Catherine I. MacDougall and her late husband Robert.

Richard is also survived by a niece and nephew, as well as a grand-niece and grand-nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at Fort Square Presbyterian Church, 16 Pleasant Street, Quincy on Thursday, January 27, at 12:30 p.m. Pastor John W. Culp will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. The family has requested that those attending wear a mask or face covering. Interment immediately following at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. At the request of the family, visiting hours have been omitted.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Richard’s memory to Fort Square Presbyterian Church, Attn: Improvement Fund, 16 Pleasant Street, Quincy, MA 02169.


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  • It was our privilege to have known Dick since our college days at ENC. One of the finest people we have ever known. Our prayers go out to Peggy and family. Our hearts are encouraged knowing we will all meet again.

  • Our heartfelt prayers for Rod and Tiffany and Peggy.

  • Oh Peggy, Rod, and family, my heart is broken, I’m so sorry for the tremendous loss of your sweet Richard. It is comforting to know he is now eternally healthy and joyous with our Savior but it stings mightily for those who remain here without him. May God bless and comfort you in the way only He can. Love you!!

  • My sincere condolences to Dick’s Family. He was the principle when I stated at Hingham High(1996). He made it easy for me to fit in. Great person!!!

  • My love and prayers are with you.

  • I worked as a teacher for, and therefore with, Dick MacLeod at Hingham High School for 17 years, He was a man of the highest honor and integrity. He was also the finest principal for whom I ever worked. With wisdom, knowledge, patience and understanding he skillfully wove the talents of students, faculty, and staff together and created a superb educational program. Everyone liked Mr MacLeod . He was simply the best.

  • I was fortunate to work for and with Dick at Central JH and Hingham High School. It was due to Dick that the last half of my Hingham career was in administration. I have never worked with a person showing the caring, and the integrity that Dick exemplified.
    Rest in Peace my friend.