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The Reverend William Donald McLean III

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McLean, III, The

Reverend William


May 15, 1936 - May 23, 2014

The son and grandson of Episcopal priests, Fr. McLean departed this life after a lengthy illness on May 23, 2014, in Sarasota, Florida. He was born in Camden, New Jersey and served parishes in the Dioceses of Chicago, Milwaukee and Southwest Florida. He was 78.

He was married to, and survived by , his wife, Leslie Maida Slater of Sarasota, Florida, his daughter, Judy (Conover) of Sarasota and two sons, William IV of Palatine, Illinois and Thomas of Tampa, Florida.

He earned his B.A. degree (cum laude) from Beloit College and his Master of Divinity degree (cum laude) from Scabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Ordained Deacon and Priest in 1961, Fr. McLean was Curate of Mediator, Chicago, Vicar of St Michael's, Racine, Wisconsin, Rector of Mediator, Chicago, Illinois, Rector of St. Michael's Barrington (Diocese of Chicago), Rector of St. Boniface, Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida, Assistant at St. Wilfred's Sarasota and Vicar of Good Shepherd, LaBelle, Florida. He also served as Interim Rector and President of St. Mary's Parish and School, Tampa, Interim Rector of St. Thomas, St. Petersburg, Florida and, finally, as Assistant at All Angels by the Sea, Longboat Key, Florida. Father McLean was best known in the Dioceses of Chicago and Southwest Florida for his work with alcoholics and programs on stewardship education. Nearly 100 parishes and missions benefited from his innovative retreats having to do with Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve-Step program and designs for creative stewardship programs at the parish and missionary levels. For eight years of this life, Fr. McLean was also President and Director of R.A.C.A. (Recovered Alcoholic Clergy Association) made up of nearly 300 members and was one of the founding members of the National Coalition on Alcoholism. In later years, that organization became known as The Commission on Recovery in the Episcopal Church USA. He was President of the Recovery Commission for the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

Funeral Arrangements by Toale Brothers.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 27th at 10 am at St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key, Sarasota. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in the name of St. Boniface Episcopal Church.

An additional memorial service and interment will take place at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Barrington, Illinois at a later date.

Published in Herald Tribune from May 25 to May 26, 2014
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