McLean, Jim (“Bones”) age 66, completed his journey with us in the comfort of his home, surrounded by family on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Son of the late Malcolm (Mac) and Phyllis McLean who nurtured within him a love and respect of northern Ontario where he worked passionately to build his dream log cabin. Much loved father of daughters Stephanie (Scott) Lumley, Heather (Brent) Thomas, Katie (Wes) Hinchcliffe, and lifelong friend to Jaynee McLean; mother of his daughters. Cherished “Grandpa Jim” to Dakota McLean, Jaycee Lumley, Norah and Nolan Thomas. Dear brother of Sandy (Mev) Davis. Best friend since childhood and ‘bro’ to Tom Croucher; and great friend to many others, too numerous to mention. A nature lover at heart, Jim was instrumental in the birth of Bluewater Anglers Fishing Club. He was also an avid motorcycle enthusiast. Jim was past manager and president of the early Point Edward Pacers Lacrosse team and was inducted into Sarnia Lambton sports Hall of Fame. Jim owned and operated Li’l Skippers Fish and Chips, a family restaurant in Bright’s Grove. As a skilled and respected crane operator, he shared part of history in the building of the CN Rail tunnel. He enjoyed his family of loyal friends at Mammoet Crane from where he retired as crane and rigging supervisor. Through the skill and compassion of Dr. Hahn of the London Regional Cancer Program and Dr. David Shih (Naturopath) in Petrolia, he was able to achieve his goal in gaining more time to make lasting memories with family and friends at his cabin in South River. Throughout his illness, he remained positive, grounded, strong, always with a sense of humour intact. He has touched the lives of many of his huge extended family of friends with his enthusiasm for life, his friendship, guidance, and incredible fighting spirit. He will be missed greatly. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home. The interment will take place in Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to The London Regional Cancer Program or a charity of your choice (cheques only when donating at the funeral home please). For those who wish, remembrances and condolences may be sent online at www.smithfuneralhome.ca
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