October 15, 1940 – June 1, 2020
Norman Henry McLean lived life large and gentle simultaneously. He was as happy with a chainsaw in his hands as he was with a grandchild in his arms. Equally exuberant about a problem to solve or a friend to kibbitz with.
Norm, (Roacher) is survived by his wife Mona, his 3 sons Stef, John and David, 9 grandchildren and a wealth of adoring friends and extended family. He is predeceased by his parents Milton and Marie McLean (Papa and Mama Bear) and his brother John McLean (Rabbit).
He loved to fix things and was just excellent at it too. He could make a chair out of a rolling pin if he had to. He would often say to his grandchildren: “I am a jack of all trades and a master of none”. But we know he was masterful at many things – especially life.
Other things he loved and excelled at…where do we start? Golf, curling, hunting, rugby and of course fly-fishing/fly-tying – his “Norm’s Gnasher” was a legendary trout killer in the Chilcotin region.
He was an excellent cook – no, a chef really. He loved nothing more than preparing a meal with family and friends around. He loved fine scotch and average cigars.
Norm was born in Prince Rupert and grew up in the “wild west” of Namu, before moving to Vancouver during his 5th grade, finally settling in White Rock, B.C. for many happy years.
Norm’s first job was at a whaling station of all things. He spent most of his working years as a partner in Skagit Industries, a lumber brokerage firm based in Ladner, then independently for his own concern, McLean Trading.
Above all, he was a fabulous husband, loving father, grandfather and a steadfast friend. He just knew how to make people feel safe, happy and comfortable. We will miss him fiercely!Obituary
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