Castro Valley, CA — Mr. James H. MacLean, formerly of Topsfield, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. John Kronstadt Convalescent Center in Castro Valley, Calif. He was 88.
James is survived by his son, James H. MacLean, Jr., of Piedmont, Calif.; his daughter-in-law, Barbara; his beloved granddaughter, Kaitlin; and his niece, Bernice Marabito and her family of Surprise, Ariz.
Born in Woburn, Jim responded to the events of Pearl Harbor by enlisting in the Marine Corps. He proudly served for 31 years, graduating first in his class at Basic School and rising as a "mustang" through the ranks to his final rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded the Silver Star for courage in Vietnam. After retirement in Fallbrook, Calif., he helped establish and run the Fallbrook Senior Center, and was a deacon of the Fallbrook Presbyterian Church with the love of his life, his wife Kitty. Sports were his other passion; tennis and his Boston Bruins and Red Sox. He was a true friend, a great leader and a wonderful father. He will be missed.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service to celebrate James' and his sister, Grace’s lives in the Congregational Church of Topsfield, 9 East Common Street, Topsfield, on May 1 at 11 a.m. A private internment shall follow in the MacLean family burial plot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Topsfield. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Route 62), in Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in James’ memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 . To share a memory, or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.