EARL STERLING MCLEAN - SHELBURNE - On Oct. 4, 2012, the towns of Burlington and Shelburne mourn the death of Earl Sterling McLean. He died peacefully in his sleep with his partner, Doris Saville, by his side. Mr. McLean was born June 22, 1921, in Somers, Conn., at the family farm built in 1879. He was an avid skier, and received his first pair of downhill skis in 1946. He skied until he was 76. He grew up in the Great Depression on the family farm, and their large garden provided for his family well. He served in the Philippines during W.W.II. He married Shirley Metcalf on Jan. 10, 1953, and they had a wonderful life together. Shirley Metcalf McLean passed away in February 1995. He was a wonderful husband and father, and not only a wonderful father to his son and daughter, but also adored his three grandchildren. He graduated from Rockville High School, Rockville, Conn., in 1939. He was selected to go to the University of Kentucky by the Army for basic engineering in 1943. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1947, with a B.S. degree in printing management. He retired as Vice President of Lane Press at the age of 65. He volunteered at the Ethan Allen Homestead with Doris Saville, his partner since 1996. He and Doris traveled extensively. They spent winters in Bradenton, Fla., summers in South Burlington and most recently lived at Shelburne Bay in Shelburne. He never spoke an unkind word about anyone, and he had a twinkle in his eye all the time. Everyone who knew him will never forget his warmth and understanding. He will be missed by all his family and friends. No one will ever be able to replace him. We joy in the wonderful life he lead as he was surely Blessed. He leaves behind his son, Scott Harrison McLean and partner, Judy Bott, of Las Cruces, N.M.; daughter, Cynthia McLean Cotton of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, Jeremy Scott Cotton and wife, Debbie Cotton, of Concord, Calif., Megan H. McLean of Fort Collins, Colo., and Alexander S. McLean of Loveland, Colo.; his beloved partner, Doris Saville, and her family, Wendy Saville and Tom Clavelle, and their children, Tyler and Kasey, and Kevin Saville and wife, Marcie Saville, of Shelburne. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at The Lodge at Shelburne Bay, 185 Pine Haven Shores Road, Shelburne.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 6, 2012