Herkimer - Dennis Earl McLean, 71 of Herkimer and a former resident of the town of Exeter, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 3, 2019 at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford, NY.
Dennis was born January 13, 1948 in Little Falls the son of the late Kenneth and Doris (Fish) McLean. He was a graduate of Little Falls High School, class of 1966.
He was married to his high school sweetheart, Margaret Ann Slabe on April 20, 1968 at St. Mary's Church in Little Falls.
Dennis began his employment career at Burrows Paper Corp. in Little Falls. He had many jobs throughout his 38 years there. He retired in 2006 as Maintenance Supervisor. His job knowledge and skills awarded him several opportunities to travel throughout the country and to the Netherlands.
He was devoted to the community of Richfield Springs. Dennis served as president of the Little League for many years and coached hundred of children. He also held several positions on the Richfield Springs Sports Boosters Club for over 20 years for which he was most proud of helping to start the Jeffrey L. Calkins Memorial Wrestling Tournament. Dennis was also a member of the Richfield Springs High School Board of Education. Because of his commitment to his community he, along with his wife Margaret were inducted in the Richfield Springs Hall of Fame.
Dennis enjoyed fishing and spent many summers at the family camp on the St. Lawrence Seaway. He was a avid bowler and was in several leagues and participated in many area tournaments. Dennis also enjoyed golf and spent Thursday nights on the links with his buddies from the paper mill. After his retirement, he was fortunate to travel the United States with his wife, Margaret. Several trips included their beloved grandchildren. Highlights of his journeys were the Grand Canyon, The Redwood Forest, Mt. Rushmore, Graceland, Dollywood, Branson, MO and Frackville, PA.
Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Margaret; three children, Kenneth C. McLean and wife Connie of Donaldsonville, LA, Catherine A. Harrington of Herkimer, and Jennifer L. McKinney of Herkimer; his beloved grandchildren, Jeremy, Joseph, Kyrah, Gabriella, Kobe, Braxton, Peyton and Brevin; his cherished great grandchildren, Jacob, Jameson and Raymond; his amazing brother, Leonard "Froggy" McLean and wife Linda of Little Falls; several nieces, nephews, cousins, his favorite aunt, Elaine (Fish) McLean and his canine companion, Maxwell.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, a sister, Sylvia and his step mother, Carolyn McLean
Funeral services will be held on Friday November 8, 2019 at 12:00 noon from the Chapman - Moser Funeral Home, Inc, 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls, NY. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Herkimer, NY. Family and friends may call at the Chapman Moser Funeral Home, Inc., on Friday November 8, 2019 from 10:00 am until the time of the funeral services at 12:00 noon.
Arrangements are under the caring guidance of the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to NBT Bank) 527, E. Albany St., Herkimer, NY 315-866-1500.
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