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Funeral held for Alistair MacLeod in Cape Breton, where he wrote his work

Author Alistair MacLeod is pictured in a handout photo.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

A funeral was held today for Canadian writer Alistair MacLeod at a church on Cape Breton Island near the site where he wrote many of his stories.

The service for the author, who died last Sunday in Windsor, Ont., was held at Saint Margaret of Scotland Roman Catholic Church, near his home in Dunvegan.

He was 77.

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Born in North Battleford, Sask., MacLeod moved with his family to Cape Breton Island when he was 10 and worked as a logger, a miner and a fisherman to make money for his education.

MacLeod was an acclaimed short story writer who won the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his only novel, "No Great Mischief," in 2001.

His other published works include the 1976 short story collection "The Lost Salt Gift of Blood" as well as 1986's "As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories."

MacLeod lived in Windsor but spent his summers in Inverness County on Cape Breton Island, where he set many of his stories and where he wrote in a clifftop cabin looking west towards Prince Edward Island.

He is survived by his wife, Anita, as well as their six children and several grandchildren.

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