James Thomas "Tom" McLane, Chinchilla, died Monday evening surrounded by his loving family at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Scranton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan McHale McLane, who died on October 4, 1984, and his longtime companion, Margaret Travis, who died in 2008.
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Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James Leo and Beatrice Woodyatt McLane. Prior to his retirement, he served as Postmaster in Fleetville. Tom was a proud Navy veteran who served as a Seabee during World War II. He was a life member and Past Commander of the VFW Post 7069 in Clarks Summit, serving as VFW District Commander, All State Commander and All American Post Commander. He was also a member of the American Legion. Tom was a faithful parishioner of Our Lady of the Snows Church and a life member of the Chinchilla Hose Company. For many years he coached both Abington Little League and Astros Football.
Surviving are four sons Tom, Chinchilla; Mike and his wife, Susan, S. Abington Township; Mark and his wife, Susan, Metuchen, N.J.; Paul and his wife, Janice, Scranton; and four daughters, Kathy Mrykalo and her husband, Jack, S. Abington Township; Mary Ellen McLane, Springfield, N.J.; Ann Sharlow and her husband, Bill, Westfield, N.J.; and Joan McLane, Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters, Shirley Winters, Old Forge; Loretta Gower, Scranton; and Nancy Modzelewski, Scranton; fifteen grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Herman Ross Jr.; two sisters, Beatrice Malloy and Eleanor Burlingame.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center for the care and compassion shown to Tom during his stay there.
The Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. from Our Lady of the Snows Church, Clarks Summit. Interment to follow in Shady Lane Cemetery. Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Avenue, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10001; or the Chinchilla Hose Company, 113 Shady Lane Rd., S. Abington Township, PA 18411.
For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lawrenceeyoung funeralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 5, 2012