The University of Prince Edward Island extends its condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, and devoted readers of UPEI honorary degree recipient Alistair MacLeod. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University in 2002. MacLeod passed away on Sunday, April 20 at the age of 77 in Windsor, Ontario.
MacLeod is a well-known, award-winning Canadian author and considered one of the country’s best short story writers. Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, he then moved to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia at the age of 10. Most recently, MacLeod taught literature and creative writing at the University of Windsor. He would return to Inverness County, Nova Scotia during the summertime, where he would write in his cabin facing west, overlooking Prince Edward Island. In 2008, MacLeod was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his commitment to, and influence on, Canadian literature and its authors.
"No one has ever said that life is to be easy. Only that it is to be lived." – Alistair MacLeod