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William Randall McLean

 

Leading Stores Assistant, V10288, RCNVR

 

Born: 20 Sep 1914, Milestone, Saskatchewan          Died: 26 Apr 1999, Minot, North Dakota

 

McLEAN, William Randall - dearly beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away April 26, 1999 at Trinity Hospital, Minot, N.D.  He will live forever in the hearts of his wife Myrtle; his daughter and 'son', Judy and Derwyn Crozier-Smith; his grandson and 'granddaughter', Darryl ('Pal') and Celine; and his great-grandson, Andrew William ('Little Pal'). Randall is also survived by his sister, Thelma; his brother, Allan (Eileen); and nieces and nephews including his namesake Randall; and by his sister-in-law, Gladys. He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers: Harry and Burns; and his sister, Edythe. Randall was born on September 20, 1914 in Milestone, Sk. He spent nearly all of his life in Regina. He worked for Sears for 44 years and the customers on his deliver route will recall "Randy" as the driver who had a smile or joke for everyone and a pocket full of biscuits for their dogs. He interrupted his career at sears to serve his country in the activated RCNVR during WW II, serving as ship's vittler on destroyer escorts. He was the foundation of a close and loving family, through his generous spirit and helping hand. He had a solution for everything that needed fixing, innovative gadgets for everyday tasks and a smart comment for every occasion. He was more than eager to argue politics and current issues with anyone who ventured an opinion. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 1, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Peter's Anglican Church, Garnet St. & 7th Ave., Regina, SK with interment to follow in REgina Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 3600-2nd Ave., Regina, SK  S4R 1A6 or the Sask. Lung Assoc., Box 58000, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 7Y4. "The Lost to Sight, to Memory Dear". Arrangements are in the care of Lee Funeral Home. 

 

Eulogy for W.R. McLean 

 

Ships served in:

REGINA DIVISION RCNVR

HMCS CHATHAM - Served in Chatham 01 Apr 1942 - 05 Nov 1942 as a VA and L/SA, RCNVR. Rated Leading Stores Assistant 01 Jun 1942  //  Served in Chatham 05 Mar 1943 - 14 Jul 1943 as a L/SA, RCN

HMCS CARAQUET - Served in Caraquet 25 Oct 1942 - 04 Mar 1943 as a L/SA, RCN

HMCS COLUMBIA - Served in Columbia 13 Aug 1943 - 22 Sep 1944 as a L/SA

HMCS THE PAS - Served in The Pas 20 Oct 1944 - 18 Jul 1945. Rated Leading Supply Assistant 28 Apr 1945

HMCS QUEEN

 

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(1) Portrait of L/SA McLean  (2) Portrait of William McLean  (3) Seaman McLean  (4) Voter registration Certificate  (5) Newspaper article on calling up of RCNVR personnel from Regina  (6) Wedding announcement for Myrtle Vickerman and William McLean  (7) Letter William received from the Minister of Labour when he returned home to Regina after the war

 

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(8-23) Service Papers for William Randall McLean

 

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(24-27) War Saving Certificates Order Form

 

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(28-32) William McLean's Station Card for HMCS Protector, Sydney, NS  (33) Poem - A Sailor's Pray. Copied down by William, the author and original source is unknown  (34) Poem - Three Years Later. Copied down by William, the author and original source is unknown

 

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