George Richard MacLean — ‘Dick’, ‘Max’ -
Dick MacLean passed way peacefully and free from pain at St. Michael’s Hospital on June 7, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends in his last weeks.
A devoted husband and father, Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sherry (née Armstrong); his sons Brad (Mia), Chris (Melanie), and Cam; Barbara (Don) and Donald (Treasure), his siblings; his sister-in-law Bunny and brother-in-law Vaughan; many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces/grandnephews; a new Siberian kitten, Yorgi; Joy and the Bayly clan; and many loyal and affectionate long-standing friends and colleagues.
Born on May 1, 1935 to David and Barbara MacLean, Dick grew up in Westmount, Quebec. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1955. His first jobs were as miner and national park firetower lookout, but the core of his professional life was spent with DuPont Canada. Dick was a highly respected veteran employee with DuPont, where his post-graduation Marketing career spanned his entire working life. Dick and Sherry made lifelong friends of his DuPont colleagues and their families. After retiring from DuPont, Dick volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Etobicoke — the work and the people at the ReStore delighted him, and he loved being able to put his skills and experience to work for such a worthwhile enterprise.
Dick was a bon vivant sans pareil. His and Sherry’s annual Grey Cup parties were the stuff of legend — football seemed to be a footnote to the real business of gathering, drink, food, the half-time pickup game with the kids down by the creek, more drink, and (finally and especially) the traditional jug band sing-alongs. Dick played a mean acoustic guitar, but he plucked a meaner gutbucket.
Dick’s passions included big band music, well-made Manhattans, sailing, winemaking, barbecuing, cats, and genealogy. In recent years, he and Sherry became serious travelers, touring wine country whenever weather permitted (or when it didn’t) and jetting/cruising to the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.
Thank you Angela of St. Mike's our angel of mercy.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the The Arthritis Society and/or The Alzheimer Society of Canada are encouraged.
An informal celebration of life will be held at Dick and Sherry's house on June 22, 2019 at 3 pm. Family and friends are welcome to attend.