MacLEAN, Joseph A. – Stellarton, passed away at the Aberdeen Hospital on September 11, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.
Born August 1, 1929 in Halifax, he was the only son of the late Rod and Mary McLean.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Isabel (MacLeod); sons: Eugene (Chris); Greg (Mary); Gerald (Dawn); Paul (Rhonda); and his daughter, Doris.
He was predeceased by his son, Bruce Frederick and his daughter-in-law, Vivian McLean (Eugene).
He adored and was so proud of his grandchildren, Christopher (Brenda), Alicia (Matt), Jared (Caity), Blake, Kara (Bryan), Nicole, Lauren, Taylor and Skyler (Michael); step-grandson, Jeff Davis.
He was also overjoyed to have and loved his two great-grandchildren, Aulay MacDonald (Alicia and Matt) and Claire McLean (Chris and Brenda).
Joe started and founded McLeans Flooring Ltd. in 1959 out of the front porch of his New Glasgow Maple Avenue home and grew the business with the help of his four sons into one of the largest and most respected flooring stores in Atlantic Canada. In December 2013, he was recognized and congratulated by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and he was so proud to have received a diploma for his business excellence and for exhibiting good family business values. Joe was proud to have his sons get into the family business alongside him. He truly appreciated and valued the hard work and dedication that all the non-family employees have given over the years to make the family business what it is today. Joe was a very down to earth and simple man. He never flaunted or wanted for fancy things. He was never pretentious or tried to impress anyone.
Joe was a child of the Great Depression so he lived through hard times and understood the value of a dollar and the importance of saving. Anyone who knew Joe, knew his word was his bond, not only in business but in life. He instilled this virtue in all his children and he truly valued and appreciated the firm grip and sincerity of a handshake. Joe was a man adored and respected by all who knew him, especially in the flooring industry.
Joe loved all sports and in his youth he excelled in baseball. Joe loved travelling whether it was for business or pleasure, and in earlier years, he travelled to many countries and enjoyed learning about their customs and cultures. He was an avid reader, especially enjoying history, sports, finance and current events. He was also a past member of the N.G. Gyro Club.
Although Joe had advanced Parkinson’s and diabetes, these little speed bumps never stopped him from wanting to enjoy his family and life to the fullest.
Funeral was held September 15 at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. Burial in the Parish Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Society of Canada or a charity of choice.