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George William MacLellan

October 13, 1925 - June 2, 2014

George William MacLellan Obituary

George William MacLellan (known as "Mac" to many), 88, died on June 2, 2014 at his home in Yonkers, NY, following a long illness. He was born on October 13, 1925 in Lexington, MA, the son of Martha (Springall) and Haliburton Scott MacLellan. His boyhood was spent on Nantucket Island, MA where he attended school and played on the high school football team. After his family moved off the Island, he returned there regularly throughout his life. At 17 he joined the U. S. Marine Corps and served from 1942-1945, seeing combat in the Pacific. He attended Northwest Missouri University and earned graduate degrees in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In the late 1940s Mr. MacLellan taught at Buckley School in New York City and from 1954-1981 he was a teacher in the Pelham, NY Public School System while coaching football in the high school. He was a member of two expedition teams for the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, to Afghanistan in 1950-1951 and to Southwest Africa (Namibia) in 1953. Over the course of over fifty years he was active in professional summer theatre in New England and several theatre companies in Westchester County as producer and technical director. Mr. MacLellan built his own home in Yonkers where he and his family have lived for 57 years. His extended family of the Sutherlands and the Fairservises, have shared a summer home on Nantucket Island, MA. Mr. MacLellan always had a project in progress. His favorite pastimes included fishing, gardening, assembling jigsaw puzzles, building doll furniture for grandchildren, feeding the birds and squirrels. He was well known for his blueberry jam and green tomato piccalilli. As one friend remarked in reflecting on his life, "George was a legend!" He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Monna (Simpson) MacLellan, his sons Scott W. MacLellan and George S. MacLellan, his daughter Laurie M. Gray and his son-in-law Charles Gray, his daughter-in-law Karin MacLellan, his grandchildren Zoe MacLellan, Grace MacLellan, Nora MacLellan, Ian Gray, Rebecca Gray, Martha Gray, and Lucas Gray, his brother Robert C. MacLellan, and his sister Martha M. Vehorn. He was predeceased by his son Timothy Ian MacLellan and his granddaughter Kathryn Wilder MacLellan. Mr. MacLellan will be remembered at the Eucharist at 10:00 am at St. John's Tuckahoe Episcopal Church, 100 Underhill St., Yonkers, NY. Family and friends will gather in August on Nantucket Island, MA to share their memories. Donations in his memory may be made to Nantucket Conservation Foundation, P.O. Box 13, Nantucket, MA 02554, nantucketconservation.org

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George William MacLellan (known as "Mac" to many), 88, died on June 2, 2014 at his home in Yonkers, NY, following a long illness. He was born on October 13, 1925 in Lexington, MA, the son of Martha (Springall) and Haliburton Scott MacLellan. His boyhood was spent on Nantucket Island, MA where he attended school and played on the high school football team. After his family moved off the Island, he returned there regularly throughout his life. At 17 he joined the U. S. Marine Corps and served from 1942-1945, seeing combat in the Pacific. He attended Northwest Missouri University and earned graduate degrees in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In the late 1940s Mr. MacLellan taught at Buckley School in New York City and from 1954-1981 he was a teacher in the Pelham, NY Public School System while coaching football in the high school. He was a member of two expedition teams for the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, to Afghanistan in 1950-1951 and to Southwest Africa (Namibia) in 1953. Over the course of over fifty years he was active in professional summer theatre in New England and several theatre companies in Westchester County as producer and technical director. Mr. MacLellan built his own home in Yonkers where he and his family have lived for 57 years. His extended family of the Sutherlands and the Fairservises, have shared a summer home on Nantucket Island, MA. Mr. MacLellan always had a project in progress. His favorite pastimes included fishing, gardening, assembling jigsaw puzzles, building doll furniture for grandchildren, feeding the birds and squirrels. He was well known for his blueberry jam and green tomato piccalilli. As one friend remarked in reflecting on his life, "George was a legend!" He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Monna (Simpson) MacLellan, his sons Scott W. MacLellan and George S. MacLellan, his daughter Laurie M. Gray and his son-in-law Charles Gray, his daughter-in-law Karin MacLellan, his grandchildren Zoe MacLellan, Grace MacLellan, Nora MacLellan, Ian Gray, Rebecca Gray, Martha Gray, and Lucas Gray, his brother Robert C. MacLellan, and his sister Martha M. Vehorn. He was predeceased by his son Timothy Ian MacLellan and his granddaughter Kathryn Wilder MacLellan. Mr. MacLellan will be remembered at the Eucharist at 10:00 am at St. John's Tuckahoe Episcopal Church, 100 Underhill St., Yonkers, NY. Family and friends will gather in August on Nantucket Island, MA to share their memories. Donations in his memory may be made to Nantucket Conservation Foundation, P.O. Box 13, Nantucket, MA 02554, nantucketconservation.org

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of George William MacLellan hosted by Cassidy Flynn Funeral Directors.

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