Cover photo for KENNETH JOSEPH McLEOD's Obituary


November 17, 1949 — October 14, 2022

South Boston



Kenneth J. McLeod Jr. (72 years) was born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 17, 1949 to Kenneth & Mary (Pacitti) Mcleod. Kenny was known for his kind, helpful spirit. He was truly a gentle giant. 

was the first of three children born to the union of Ken and Mary McLeod. He was raised and lived in South Boston for most of his life. 

Following the complications of recently diagnosed cancer, Kenny went to his rest peacefully on October 14, 2022 with his two sisters Maryann McLeod Crush and Carol McLeod Brooks by his side. 

Kenny was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Mary Pacitti McLeod and his father Kenneth Mcleod. Kenny’s memory will be cherished by his daughter Emily McLeod, the light of his life, his two sisters Maryann McLeod Crush and Carol Mcleod Brooks, Carol’s husband Joseph Brooks, his nieces Ashley Crush and Brittany Crush his great nephew Liam Michael Crush in addition to his many cousins and friends.

Kenny’s lifelong passion was music followed by art as a close second. Kenny loved to play music using various instruments - He could play any instrument presented to him and was keenly fond of his bass guitar and drums.   

As a young teenager, Kenny practiced playing the drums in the basement of his home at 137 P Street during the early 1960’s. He and his friends would charge 25 cents for their concerts. Many neighbors and even a few teachers (nuns) from St. Brigid School came to listen to “Rock and Roll” which was the cusp of a new musical frontier during the boomer generation. Kenny and his early boyhood friends formed and played in several notable bands and trios through the years. 


1964-1966  The Breakers

1966-1971  THE BOSTON MASS (Kenny McLeod, Bob Dunlap, Tom Ferent, John DeVoy, 

                    Paul Mahoney, Jim Eagan and Teddy Chapin

1972-1974  Jesse

1994-1997  The Usual Suspects (Kenny McLeod, Ted O’Brien and Brian Scott)

1999-2007  Slocum’s Window (Kenny McLeod, Bob Dunlap and Kathi Taylor)

1999-2007  Hogan’s Goat (Kenny McLeod, Bob Dunlap, Kathi Taylor and Skip Toomey)

2000           The Boston Mass reunited for The Great Southie Reunion at the South Boston

                   Waterfront Pavilion 

2000-2002  The Boston Mass renamed “02127” and played a few gigs around town (02127

                    members were Tom Ferent, Kenny McLeod, Bob Dunlap, Paul Mahoney, Brian

                    Scott, and Kathi Taylor)


We are looking forward to making beautiful ethereal music throughout eternity with Kenny!


Please join the family for a Celebration of Kenny’s Life on his birthday, Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the William F. Spencer Funeral Home 575 East Broadway (at H Street) South Boston MA. 02127






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Past Services

Celebration of Life

Thursday, November 17, 2022

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

WM. F. Spencer Funeral Service

575 E Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

Celebration of Life Spencer Funeral Home

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