- 94 years old
- Date of birth: May 6, 1919
- Place of birth:
Alisa Craig, Ontario, Canada
- Date of passing: Apr 13, 2014
- Place of passing:
Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
|Let the memory of Ross be with us forever|
Ross Patterson (Pat) McLean M.B.E. passed away peacefully at his home in Punta Gorda, Florida in his 95th year on April 13th, 2014.
He was born 6 May, 1919 in Ailsa Craig, Ontario, the son of Alexander McLean M.P.P. and Edith McGeary.
He is the beloved husband of Betty (Bailey) McLean. He was predeceased by his first wife, Geraldine (Stonhouse) McLean in Cambridge in 1981.
Pat and Gerrie had twins, Bonnie (Dr.David Anderson), Dennis (Heather) McLean, and adopted twins, Lin - deceased (John Rinker) and Lee (John Price - deceased). He was special father to Stuart (Gail) Stratton and Diane (George - deceased) Agle. Pat was stepfather to Todd (Kathy) Bailey and Dr. Tim (Shelly) Bailey.
Treasured Grandfather of Scott, David, Craig (deceased 1970), and Dr. Kelly Anderson, Shawn and Tammy (Stewart) McLean, Jennifer (Rogers) Rinker and Krissy and Katie Price, Patterson and Andrew Stratton and Grant and Gregory Agle, and all the grandchildren's spouses, his step grandchildren and his many great grandchildren.
Pat was a flight instructor at RCAF Station Dunnville during WW2, flying Harvards and was awarded an M.B.E. by King George for rescuing an Australian pilot from a burning Aircraft.
After the war, he worked at Clare Brothers in Preston, as president of Royal Metal and Inter Royal in Cambridge and was the owner of Croydon Furniture Systems after a time in New York City as International President of Inter Royal Corp.
He is a past president of The Canadian Business Equipment Manufacturers Association, past chairman of Cambridge Memorial Hospital, past president of the YMCA (Galt), was on the board of the Canadian Cancer Society and was a rotarian.
Arpie (RP), as he was known to his family, was a fabulous role model, admired for his honesty and integrity. "You were an incredible man. You played 9 holes of golf a few days ago, and swam laps in the pool as you always did. You read all the newspapers and every issue of The Economist. You never missed a birthday or forgot the names of our friends. You were and are our inspiration. You made us see that all things are possible and that age is, in fact, wisdom. You were one in a billion. Arpie (I didn't realize as a kid, it was RP), you will be missed but your presence will be forever felt
Thank you Betty Grams for making life so special for him and for all of us."
Cremation has taken place.
"To my father RP, You were a one in a million! Thank you so much for taking excellent care of my mother Betty for the last 30 years . The kindest gentleman I have ever met . We shared many great times together in Canada and Florida . You will be missed greatly until we meet in Heaven Love TIM
"Dearest Betty, Please accept our heartfelt condolences, Pat was our Hero, our lives were greatly enriched having both of you as Friends.
Pam & John Solinger
Punta Gorda, Fl."
"Pat was a first class gentleman and an all around great guy.
He lived life to the fullest and I always told him he was my hero to live as long as he did and as well as he did. I only knew Pat well for a few years but I was lucky to have known him at all.
Smooth sailing my friend, see you on the other side.
"Pat was a special friend and a man we admired. One of the most positive people we ever met. We'll miss him.
Geoff & Kathy Hewett
"You were always a loving and wonderful man and will be missed by all...Love, Joan
"We send our love and prayers to Betty and the family. Pat was such an inspirational man. We were able to get to know him just briefly. We felt his openness and kindness. Seeing Pat and Betty together was witnessing deep true love. I hope that you find that fact the he left peacefully to soften your sadness. Love to you all,
Don and Lorrie Ross
Punta Gorda, Florida"
"Dear Betty, All of us at Twin Isles loved your Pat dearly.
"We will remember the good times we shared. You are lucky to have shared your lives with such an outstanding man.
Bob and Jane Fitzpatrick
"Carl & Dani Piacenza has sent an expression of Sympathy.
Carl & Dani Piacenza"
"Please send our deepest sympathy to Betty and family.
Dear Pat, if you where to look up the word gentleman in the dictionary, there would be a picture of you. We are all better people for having known you. Pat you will be greatly missed.
Becky and Lee Paque"
"We will all miss Pat so much. He lived life to the fullest, enjoying friends and family and playing golf to the end.
Bill and Zoe Hopkins
Punta Gorda, FL"
"Fred & Diane Buckingham
Punta Gorda, Florida"
"We hope that the special memories you have of Pat help to bring you comfort now and always.
Carl & Gail Puckett
Have a suggestion for us?