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Peter N. J. McLean
March 8, 1930 ~ October 30, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
Peter Neil John McLean passed from this world on October 30, 2023, at the age of 93. Peter was born 8 March, 1930 in Wyandotte, Michigan and is preceded in death by his parents Alexander Hector McLean and Emerentienne Desrosiers Brochue McLean and his 14 older siblings. Peter attended Our Lady of Lourdes High School, graduating in 1948. Peter followed various paths in life, serving in the Navy reserves from 1948-1954, working at Michigan bank in repossessions, working at Sharples Chemicals, and spending a time of discernment at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani Trappist Monastery in Bardstown, KY. Peter enrolled in Alexian Brothers Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, III, where he trained to be a registered nurse, graduating in 1957 before joining the Army and taking a three year assignment at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where he met his beloved wife Patricia Hahn McLean who preceded him in death. In 1961, Peter and Pat moved to Traverse City, Michigan where he worked at Osteopathic Hospital and Munson Medical Center. While in Traverse City, Peter and Pat bought a farm and grew cherries and raised cattle as well as raising their three children, Patricia McLean (New York), Mary McLean (Texas), and Peter ( Ernest Torres)McLean Jr. (New Jersey). After leaving Michigan, Peter and family moved to Minnesota where Peter worked for the VA Hospital in Minneapolis before later moving to Connecticut, Oklahoma, New York, Texas and finally Tonawanda, New York. Peter loved to tell stories of his life and adventures as a young man visiting family in Canada. He was an avid sailor, wood worker, home remodeler, and history buff but more than anything was a devout catholic and devoted grandfather to his three angels Marianna, Alexandra, and Margaret. Peter is survived by his children, granddaughters, and beloved family of sister-in-law Anne, countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends both in the US and Canada.
Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Francis of Assisi Chapel, located at 73 Adam Street in Tonawanda, on Friday, November 3, beginning at 11:30. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Erie County, or to White Whiskers Dog Sanctuary.