James William McLean Sr

February 11, 1921
- February 27, 2006

RANDOLPH - James William McLean Sr., 85, of Kinderhook Street, has joined his "beloved Jeanie" in Heaven this day. Due to pulmonary and respiratory complications, James passed away Feb. 27, 2006, with his family by his side at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. James was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Barra Head, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the son of John and Agnes Stone McLean. The family moved to Milo when James was a toddler. Mr. McLean attended Milo schools and graduated from Milo High School in 1942 and married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Pearl Young May 3, 1943. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp and served in the Pacific Campaign during World War II, earning the Bronze Star during the liberation of the Philippines. After his discharge, he entered the Maine Technical Vocational School in Augusta. After graduation in 1951, he was employed by Danny Vail, Hudson Jose Motors and Shoppe Ford, where he earned the nickname of "Shoppee." He then went to work at the Central Maine Power service garage from which he retired in 1983. After his retirement, he and "Jeanie" loved to travel to Canada, especially to the Cape Breton area, visiting his Canadian relatives as well as tracing his McLean genealogy roots in Nova Scotia and the Storer roots in Maine. After the loss of his "beloved Jeanie", he continued this tradition with his daughter, Jeannie. James was also an avid Boston Red Sox fan and looked forward to each baseball season so he could engage in his seasonal debates with his son, Jim Jr., who is an avid New York Yankees fan

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