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24 Mill Street
Lindsay, ON K9V 2L1
Phone: 705-324-3205
Fax: 705-324-9360
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Hugh Campbell
McLean

February 28, 1934 – February 2, 2019

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Condolence From: cathy cole
Condolence: When I got the message from my cousin Cindy informing me that her Dad, my Uncle Hugh had passed away, sadly I wasn’t surprised. After all, he had been confined to a nursing home and I knew his quality of life had gone downhill in the last year or so.
Initially I took the news rather well. I felt bad for my cousins, because let’s face it, no matter the circumstances it’s never easy to lose one’s parent. It wasn’t until I got on the phone to inform my daughters that it hit me too. Uncle Hughie was really gone.
I don’t know if his nick name “Hurricane” was my oldest daughter Nicky’s idea, but I loved it because it was so fitting for someone who had been such a source of laughter and joy over the years.
When I was a kid, Uncle Hughie and Aunt Evelyn were just people we visited sometimes. Other than meals we never really spent a lot of time with the adults because our family followed the old rule “children were to be seen and not heard”.
I don’t think I ever had a real conversation with him until I was an adult. It was then I realized not only was he a kinder, gentler version of my father Murray he also shared the same wickedly funny sense of humour.
When Dad told me his younger brother had undergone a heart by-pass, I didn’t really know what that meant. What I did learn is that his life changed abruptly after that experience
Bear with me as some of my memories might be off, but I seem to recall that it wasn’t long after he got back on his feet he quit smoking and joined Alcoholics Anonymous. That was surprising yet happy news, but things would change even more as time went on.
Through Dad, we learned Uncle Hugh had become fascinated with their paternal heritage. He knew all about his mother’s family, the Campbells, but didn’t know a lot about the McLean side. His search took him to the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Returning home he regaled us with stories of how all our long lost relatives looked and laughed like his younger sister Shirley.
It wasn’t long after he returned, Hugh announced he had signed up for a tall ship excursion to the West Indies where he lived in a thatch-roofed hut like the local natives and taught modern agricultural techniques. His six month stint in the Dominican Republic stretched to eighteen. unfortunately leading to the end of his marriage to Evelyn.
In 1986, when my parents moved to Bancroft, Uncle Hugh wasn’t far behind. Aunt Shirley and her partner Stan had purchased a camping lodge outside of town, so the three siblings and their partners began spending a lot more time together. By this time Hugh was in a relationship with a wonderful lady named Bonnie.
He never had trouble finding female companionship. The ladies loved the kooky, offbeat guy who loved to laugh and have a good time.
In 1992, when my father was critically ill and not expected to live long, I finally learned why Hugh had changed his life so drastically. Just before Dad died, my uncle seemed very much at peace as he comforted me, saying “Your Dad will be fine!” Angry, confused and very sad at what was happening then, I cried “How can you say that? Look at him!?”
Hugh smiled and said “I’m not talking about now. I mean when he leaves here.” That’s when he told me about his near death episode during his heart bypass. As a result, he was absolutely convinced that our time here on earth is merely a stepping stone towards eternal life in heaven. He knew in his heart that when it was his time, his loved ones would be waiting for him.
Hugh spent the next twenty-five years enjoying life to the fullest. During that time he and Bonnie parted ways but it wasn’t long before we were introduced to Margaret. Sadly, she passed away and he was on his own again.
Now, Hugh and his brother-in-law Stan had always talked about taking a motorcycle road trip when they retired but sadly Stan passed away in 1999 and Hugh saw this as yet another sign that nobody should ever take life for granted.
At that time, he was in his mid-sixties but that didn’t stop him from buying a motorcycle a few years later. Ever the gentleman, he realized his newest gal pal Joan, a classy but warm, friendly lady probably wouldn’t be open to straddling the big Harley-Davidson engine, so he made sure it came with a sidecar.
Along with this unique mode of transportation, he began embracing his cultural heritage. He attended his cousin Kathleen’s funeral wearing a kilt of the McLean tartan, white socks and a pair of Doc Marten boots. That ensemble soon became his trademark for a lot of family get togethers.
Sadly, Joan also passed away leaving him alone once again. By then he had already begun to experience health issues. His eyesight, always a concern, was failing and he began to have difficulty hearing. Then a stroke left him unable to get out and enjoy his regular pastimes, spending more and more time at home. After a serious fall, it was decided Uncle Hugh needed to be where he would be safe with around the clock care.
I went to see him at the nursing home in Lindsay last summer, but it was a very bittersweet visit. He was surprised and pleased to see me, but I could tell the spark was gone. Because of his sensitive eye issues, his room had to be fairly dark and with the hearing loss, we had a hard time communicating. I didn’t stay long because he tired quickly.
Sadly, I never got the chance for a return visit, but I’m sure when he closed his eyes for the last time, he wasn’t afraid. He had made his peace all those years ago knowing that when the time came, he would be ready for the next chapter of his existence.
So Uncle Hugh, thanks for the wonderful memories. I will love you and miss you for the rest of my life, but knowing I will see you again when it’s my time to move on, I will celebrate your life rather than mourn your passing.
Wednesday February 13, 2019
Condolence From: Lindsay
Condolence: I'll truly miss the old man. I only ever knew him to be one of the kindest people who never seemed to judge or talk badly of anyone he met. He was one of the first people to ask my opinion on something, and he seemed to genuinely be interested in the answer I had. I'll never forget the moments him and I have shared together. Without him I (quite literally) would not be here, but more importantly he gave the world my mom, the strongest and most amazing person I know. Thank you grandpa. Thank you for her, and thank you for everything. Until we meet again, rest easy. I love you.
Tuesday February 12, 2019
Condolence From: Pauline
Condolence: Toronto Public Library donated generously to the Muscular Dystrophy on behalf of Pauline Beaudoin daughter of Hugh McLean
Monday February 11, 2019
Condolence From: S Sweet
Condolence: Hugh will be missed by his many friends at Southview New Horizons Seniors Club. Hugh enjoyed playing cards and talking about his family. Family and friends seemed to be very important to him. R.I.P. Hugh
Friday February 08, 2019
Condolence From: Eldon and Anne Marie Werry
Condolence: Dear Cindy, our sincere sympathy to you, your brothers and sisters and of course, Char, Carson and Chris. Your dad’s farm sale and herd dispersal, was my brother Ed’s first auction sale,he was always grateful to Hugh for giving him that opportunity.
We are remembering you in our thoughts and prayers.

The Werry’s
Friday February 08, 2019
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Condolence: To the McLean family, Sending condolences to all of you on the passing of your father, grandfather. Kathryn Batty
Tuesday February 05, 2019