Calvin Barry MacLean
Born March 26, 1958 and died unexpectedly February 21, 2020.
A husband, father of three and friend to many. He was a son, brother, uncle and grandfather of 8. He was a dedicated and very hard worker. He was a leader in reduce, reuse, recycle before it was the in style. He preferred to re-purpose everything and taught his family the value of a dollar. He taught his family to enjoy nature, the simple things that life had to offer and not to replace something if it wasn't broken. Most importantly he taught us that home is where it is at.
He was a scientist, environmentalist and plumber by trade. He was always hard working, even up to the end of his life. He was our Mr. Fix It and it seemed that he knew how to do everything. He was observant of all, wise and kind. He was always generous and ready to give the next person in need, the shirt off his back. Taking it easy or slowing down is not something he ever did well. You could nonchalantly mention something going on in your life and there he was taking it upon himself to take care of it. He had a giant traveling 5 gallon bucket of tools that he hauled around like it wasn't heavy. He was a tinkerer and always finding a way to fix something and again never slowing down even in sickness. He worked hard all his life and although he wasn't there for every game or gathering he was there to help whenever you needed it.
He was our superman (though you might not have seen him wear his cape as he always layered up clothing and was dressed for any kind of weather). In the summertime, you could find him sporting his cut off jean shorts and bright white knee high socks. This look, with his chicken legs is his signature summer wear and will be greatly missed.
He loved pepper on everything, a whole lot of pepper, took pride in working hard to get the job done, drinking red and white sodas with V8 juice. He enjoyed completing word searches on his throne. He did not like to waste time and often was saying "today junior!" He was particular and had the best super highway (his driveway) in the winter. He enjoyed listening to music, puttering in his garage and avidly spoke lengthy story with much wit and humor. He was blessed with the gift of gab. He had nicknames for everyone which were not always politically correct, but fitting. He was always late, claiming this was his middle name. He hated cigarette butts or chicken shit in his yard.
What we will miss most about Calvin, is his kindness and willingness to help others. He even rescued small wildlife that found its way into his garage. He was willing to work for free or give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. How he creatively used four letter words, and his masterful application will also be missed. It will be hard to not see him doing his little dance when a good song is playing on his old school boom box radio. Or seeing him and reminding us who is number one, shooting the shit and having his many projects he was always picking away at. Or simply cracking a beer to sit back and watching Nascar or putter around at his own pace.
He was once a vegetarian for a length of time, because his girls refused to eat meat. He was an easy going, simple kind of man who was immensely humble. He was surrounded by a bunch of strong mind women, that loved him fiercely. They would do anything for him, as he would for them. He may not have always said "I love you" out loud, but he said it with his actions. Always able to call him with any need and he would be there in a blink of an eye. If he didn't know the answer or have a solution he "had a guy" for that.
At the end of life, though he was not able to eat, drink or smoke his cigarettes. He would chat about what he would eat if he were able. So in his memory, he would appreciate if you would; be kind to others, fix something, take a drag off your cigarette, take your spouse to the seashore, and think of him as you sip on a beverage of your choice.
A celebration of life will take place at Wilson Funeral Home in Gray, Maine on Monday March 2nd at 5:00-8:00pm.
Calvin is survived by his wife of 39 years Carrie MacLean. His daughter Jessica Gorham, husband Pat and their daughter MacKenzie. Daughter Heidi, husband Abdoul and four children Nadir, Malik, Kyda and Zayda. His daughter Jennifer and fiance Michael and three children Liliana, Lauren and Mikey. He is also survived by his mother Josephine, brothers; John MacLean and partner Lisa, Charlie and wife Sally. Sisters; Linda and partner, Laurie and husband Todd, Mary and husband Mike.
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father John, sister Alice and his sister Ann and sister in-law Ruthie. He will be forever missed and greatly loved by all.
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