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H. Richard MacLean

H. Richard MacLean

H. Richard “Dick” MacLean, 91, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, March 15. He was the loving husband of the late Mary (Bridge) MacLean who died in 2012.

Born in East Providence, RI, and raised in Malden, he was the son of the late John G., and the late Sarah “Sadie” MacLean.

Immediately following high school in Malden in 1944, Dick enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During World War II, he proudly served with the Marines in the Pacific Theatre of Operations as a communications specialist. He had been stationed in several locations throughout the Pacific, and he participated in action against the Japanese invasion of Bougainville in the Northern Solomon Islands. He earned his Honorable Discharge at the rank of Corporal in 1946.

Upon returning to the United States after the War, Dick became an apprentice cable splicer. He continued his training, becoming a licensed electrician and a member of the IBEW Local #103. He was involved in many large projects in the Boston area, including the wiring of Fenway Park, Logan Airport, and Worcester State College. Dick worked for several electrical contractors throughout his career, retiring from Mass Bay Electric in East Boston in 1986.

Dick and his late wife Mary enjoyed retirement, spending winters in Largo, Florida and summers at the cottage which he built in Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed rooting for his grandsons’ teams throughout their high school and college careers, and debated strategy with them while watching his favorite professional teams. He was equally proud of his granddaughter, an artist, whose work adorned his living room in Woburn. An accomplished handyman, he also enjoyed working around his cottage in PEI. Dick was a devoted and loving husband to Mary, his wife of 64 years whom he missed dearly.

Dick is survived by one son, Donald G. MacLean and his wife Donna of Paxton; and one daughter, Carol A. Welch and her husband Michael of Woburn. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Richard and Lindsey MacLean, and Justin, Daniel, and Matthew Welch; two great grandchildren, Shea and Cassidy MacLean; one brother John MacLean of Cranston, RI; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd MacLean and a sister, Helen Jenkins.

There will be a graveside service at Canoe Cove Cemetery on Thursday, August 23, at 4:00 p.m. Everyone welcome.
Service Date
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Service Time
4:00 p.m.
Service Location
Canoe Cove Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Burial Date
August 23, 2018
Burial Time
Burial Location
Canoe Cove Presbyterian Church Cemetery