GILMANTON - Harold J. "Steve" McClary, 87 Gilmanton, died at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
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Mr. McClary was born Aug. 7, 1925, in Gilmanton, the son of the late Leona (Nutter) and Frank L. McClary Sr.
Mr. McClary had been a resident of Pittsfield, for 16 years before moving to Gilmanton in 1970. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years and was a heavy equipment operator and owner of H. J. Steve McClary Construction for 17 years before retiring in 1962.
Mr. McClary was a member of the Gilmanton Congregational Church. He was a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Corinthian Lodge 82 in Pittsfield and a member of the Scottish Rite - Valley of Concord and Valley of Nashua and he was a 50-year member of the American Legion.
Mr. McClary enjoyed camping in New England and winters in Florida. He was active with the snowmobile club for many years, building their first drag with his brothers. The drag is now on display at the Snowmobile Museum at Bear Brook. He was known to be one of the best fabricators/welders in New England. He enjoyed many family dinners and holidays at the home of his niece, Brenda Currier, and her husband, Brett, of Gilmanton. He will be greatly missed and was loved and respected by all of his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Beatrice E. (Sibley) McClary, of Gilmanton; two brothers, Frank L. McClary Jr. and George McClary, both of Gilmanton; a sister, Marion Keith, of Northfield and several nieces and nephews.
services: There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at a later date in the family lot in Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to either the Gilmanton Community Church Food Pantry or the Gilmanton Community Church, P.O. Box 6, Gilmanton Iron Works, 03837.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 19, 2013
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home
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