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Gordon Dick McLean, of Williamsburg, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at the age of 88.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1927, in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, England to Robert McLean and Catherine Dick McLean. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ronald McLean (Margaret) and Graeme McLean (Rosemary).
He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine Jo Ellis Pruitt McLean; children, Catherine McLean Petee (Dennis), Gordon McLean Jr. (Ed), Randy McLean (Angela), Michael McLean (Stephanie), Heather McLean (Ian), David Pruitt (Mary Ann) and Steve Pruitt (Pam); and grandchildren, Stephanie Asia, Sonya, Shaun, Michael Owen, Hannah Rose, Lizzie, Ben, Mary Catherine, Anna and Ellie; five great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and countless friends and colleagues.
Gordon served as a messenger for the Air Raid Wardens’ Service as a teenager and three years in the Royal Navy during WWII. He was employed by The Royal Insurance, Ltd. of London, which brought him to the United States in 1949 where he became a naturalized citizen in 1980. He retired from The Royal in 1976 to move to Richmond in order to establish the Virginia Reciprocal Group where he served as president and CEO until 1995. Gordon and Cathy moved to Williamsburg in 1992, then to Naples, Florida for retirement in 1995 and back to Williamsburg in 2013.
He dedicated his life to church and service, including as a member of the Association of Chartered Insurance (Institute of London), Chartered Property Casualty underwriter and as senior warden to both All Saints Church (Richmond) and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Naples). He was also a founding member of the Society of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and found great joy in volunteering as a reader and mentor to elementary students in Virginia and Florida.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 6, 2015, at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, followed by a reception at the Parish House.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bruton Parish Church House, P.O. Box 3520, Williamsburg, VA 23187; St. Paul’s Church, 3901 Davis Blvd., Naples, FL 34104; or to a charity of your choice.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Bucktrout Funeral Home.
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