Neil Edward McLean Sr.

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Neil Edward McLean Sr.
1943 - 2018
VASSALBORO -
After a long and courageous battle with cancer Neil Edward McLean Sr, passed away peacefully on April 9, 2018. At the time of his passing he was surrounded by loving family, and in the comfort of his home. He was the son of John Richard McLean and Elva (McEachern) McLean, both of whom predeceased him.
Neil was born Feb. 4, 1943, in Augusta. He grew up and went to school in Vassalboro. Upon leaving school, he enlisted into the Air Force and went on to serve his country honorably for 16 years; to include service in Vietnam. Neil was always especially proud of his time in service of his country, and we admire him for it. Even after leaving active service, Neil's patriotic drive and commitment to other service members was reflected in his time as commander of the VFW in Winslow, from 1981 to 1984. He was directly responsible for setting up a program of financial support for veterans funeral services through the VFW, as well as expanding the banquet hall and other miscellaneous financial benefits for veterans in need.
After leaving the military to be closer to his family, Neil continued to work hard. He was employed in various construction jobs and spent the last 20 years of his professional life working with R.J. Enterprises. During this time he made some of his longest lasting friendships and enjoyed some of his most memorable experiences. To include the wonderful friendship he cultivated with Keith Durgin, who remained until the end one of Neil's greatest and most loyal friends.
Although Neil officially retired in 2016, he would continue to work beyond that date. When not putting in a few part-time hours with R.J. Enterprises, he loved to help out family and friends with lawn work and other miscellaneous tasks. He also spent a good deal of time with the new friends he made through his church, the Vassalboro United Methodist Church. He regularly volunteered to help out with tasks around the church and within the community. On those occasions where he was able to enjoy time to himself he was an avid bird watcher and he loved to pass time with his pets; Bentley, Suvi, and Jinxy.
Neil is survived by his three children, Kevin McLean and his wife Maribel, Neil E. McLean Jr. and his wife Rebekah, and Tricia Chayer and her husband Steven. He has 11 grandchildren, Hope and Peter Chhum, Seth McLean, Amber Dunn, Stevie Chayer, Nicolas Cardinale, Brady McLean, Keisha McLean, Katherine McLean, Calvin McLean, and Christina McLean; as well as two great-grandchildren, Reily and Evelyn McLean. He is also survived by his sister Myrna Duplessie, his brother Everett McLean and his wife Marie, his brother John McLean, and his sister Deanna Malloy and her husband Patrick. He was predeceased by his former spouse, Linda L. French, his sister-in-law Celeste McLean and his brother-in-law Paul Duplessie.
The family wishes to sincerely thank all of the wonderful staff from MaineGeneral Home Care and Hospice, with a special thanks to Gwen.
Relatives and friends may attend a service at the Vassalboro United Methodist Church, 614 Main St., Vassalboro, on April 19, 2018, at 12 p.m, followed by a Military Honors Service at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Rd., in Augusta at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers,
donations can be made to the:
Disabled American Veterans
Organization @ secure.dav.org





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Vassalboro United Mthdst Chr
614 Main St
Vassalboro, ME 04989
(207) 873-5564
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Published in Central Maine on Apr. 16, 2018
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