McLellan, George H. Jr

April 26th, 2010

George H. McLellan, Jr., age 84, of Wilmington, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2010, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.

He had been married for 43 years to Lurlyne (Black) McLellan who passed away in 1998.

George was born in Kenora, Ontario, Canada, on October 29, 1925, he was the dear son of the late George H., Sr. and Ebba (Johnson) McLellan. He attended schools in Melrose, MA and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1943.

George served in the 280th Combat Engineer Battalion in the U. S. Third and Ninth Army in Europe during three major campaigns of World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for achievement in action in Germany in 1945.

After graduating from Northeastern University in 1951, he worked as an engineer with Jackson and Moreland Engineers of Boston. Later George was employed as an engineer and program manager with Litton-Itek Optical Systems in Lexington, MA. Whil there, he worked on special camera systems, some of which flew in NASA Apollo and Space Shuttle missions. He retired in 1995.

George was a member of Good Samaritan Lodge A.F. & A.M. in Reading, MA and a life member of the V.F.W. Post 2394 in Melrose, MA.

George was the devoted father of William McLellan and his wife Sharon of Freemont, NH and his daughter Nancy McClellan of Wilmington, loving grandfather of Joshua and Madison McLellan, and dear brother of the late Florence Ryan.

George’s Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours Friday, April 30th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to Home Health Foundation, Family of Agencies, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9 Entrance 1, Lawrence, MA 01843.


3 Entries in Guest Book for “McLellan, George H. Jr”

  1. Madison says:

    We loved our papa soooo much we will miss him lots

    -love you

  2. Lori O'Donoghue says:

    To Bill, Sharon, Madison, Joshua and Nancy,

    I was saddened to hear about your loss. We enjoyed many great times with your dad and papa and he will be missed by all of us.

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


  3. Gene Talford says:

    To the Family of George H. McLellan Jr. – William, Sharon, Nancy et al. I express my sorrow on the passing of your Father. We shared some thirty years on the projects at Itek. It was a real pleasure to work hand-in-hand with “Gentleman George” thru the thick and thin challenges of the numerous camera projects; George as the Lead Mechanical Engineer on structures, covers and aerospace ground equipment and later a Project Manager and myself (Gene Talford) as the Chief Planner. George was extremely conscientious and dependable and always gave 100 percent and a straight answer to any and all problems. Together, we always achieved program goals. I considered George as “A Top Shelf Guy” in every way and want to pass these special words on to you. I enjoyed his friendship and will miss him dearly.
    Gene Talford, POB 5329, Salisbury Beach, MA 01952

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