John MacLeod, 70, of Shrewsbury


John MacLeodShrewsbury – John “Sandy” MacLeod passed away on Friday November 3, 2023 at the age of 70 after a courageous 10 year battle with cancer.

Sandy was born in Worcester to his parents, John MacLeod II & Pearl (Bergstrom) MacLeod Pugliese on May 31, 1953.

Sandy is survived by his 95-year old mother, Pearl, and was predeceased by his father, John, who passed away in 1993. Sandy leaves behind his daughter, Jamie Hawley and her husband Ryan Hawley of Northborough, two grandsons Benjamin and Austin Hawley, his son Michael MacLeod, his sister Deborah (MacLeod) Richard of Worcester, and his nieces and nephews Brian Richard and his wife Jessica of Lunenburg, Diandra Blackwood of Boston, and Jessica Richard and her fiancé Adam Caruso of Palmer. Sandy is also survived by his former wife, Debra (Barrell) MacLeod of Shrewsbury.

Sandy’s roots remained in Shrewsbury throughout his life. He grew up near Dean Park, graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 1971 and spent over 40 years serving as a Shrewsbury Police Officer. When he wasn’t patrolling the town with his iced coffee, even in the dead of winter, he was cheering on the Red Sox or the Patriots, collecting coins, or spending summer days at his favorite place, Cape Cod.

The family is holding a private celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Sandy MacLeod to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via

The Chiampa Funeral Home of Shrewsbury assisted with arrangements.

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