Alan Hector MacLean

19 January , 19542 February , 2019
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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of a wonderful husband, son and brother, Alan Hector MacLean on Sunday, February 2, 2019

Alan was born January 19, 1954 to Jack and Helen (Marmulak) MacLean. Alan grew up in Whitney Pier with special friends Jackie MacDonald, Bob Rose, the late Stan Orychock, the late Stan Ardelli.

Alan had a love for cooking that began at an early age. He later obtained a certificate of cooking from NSIT as well as, obtaining Ship’s Cook papers. He served as cook for Parks Canada, Canadian Coast Guard Vessels and Seismic Ships. His career took him from the Arctic Circle to the Panama Canal, across Canada, Africa and Asia and points in between. He retired from his cooking career in 2015 and continued working as a Commissionaire at the Fortress of Louisbourg. During an onshore leave from the Seismic ship he met and wooed Leta with his humour and quick wit; Alan kept her laughing for over 33 years.

Alan formed friendships quickly as he loved meeting and talking to people who he always remembered, never forgetting a face.

Alan loved to garden and growing his own vegetables; fishing and telling stories of his travel adventures to anyone who would listen.

He is survived by his wife Leta Boutilier, his mother Helen, Sydney; sister Madeline, Sydney; brothers John Aubrey (Cathy), Ottawa, Joseph, Calgary; nephews John Alan, Christian; nieces Alena, Deven and Katie and mother-in-law Evelyn Boutilier.

He was predeceased by his father John ‘Jack’, sister Anne Marie (in infancy) and father-in-law Fabian Boutilier.

Visitation will take place at T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel on Wednesday, February 6 from 2-4 &7 -9 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 7 at 10 am at Holy Redeemer Church with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Luncheon will follow.

Donations in Alan’s memory may be made to Loaves & Fishes or your local food bank. Online condolences may be sent by visiting


  • Leta Boutilier, Wife
  • Helen (Marmulak) MacLean, Mother
  • John 'Jack' MacLean, Father
  • Madeline MacLean, Sister
  • John Aubrey (Cathy) MacLean, Brother
  • Joseph MacLean, Brother
  • Anne Marie (in infancy), Sister
  • John Alan, Nephew
  • Christian ., Nephew
  • Alena ., Niece
  • Deven ., Niece
  • Katie ., Niece
  • Evelyn Boutilier, Mother-in-law
  • Fabian Boutilier, Father-in-law
  • Jackie MacDonald, Special Friend
  • Bob Rose, Special Friend
  • Stan Orychock, Special Friend
  • Stan Ardelli, Special Friend


  • Visitation Wednesday, 6 February , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, 7 February , 2019

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Geoff Burchell

9 February 2019
Goodbye Alan Hector

Valerie Crewe

8 February 2019

I was saddened today to hear the news of Alan's death. My condolences to Leta, Helen and family. I've known Alan most of my life and we shared many experiences! He was one of the funniest story tellers I have had the privilege to know. The world will be a sadder place without his wit and humour. He will be greatly missed.

gerard maclean

6 February 2019

Sorry to hear about the passing of Al. He was the first person I would see in the morning letting workers into The Fortress of Louisbourg.He always had time to talk or tell a story about an adventure he had.He will be missed,Rest in Peace Gerard & Jacqui Mac Lean

Dale Lewis (Jewer)

6 February 2019

My deepest sympathy to the family. Al was a sweet friend amongst our circle of friends in school and he will be missed by all.

Sarah Hart

6 February 2019

Dear Leta and Family,

Kevin and I are so sad to hear of Al’s passing. He was just one of those special people you might get a chance to meet in youre life and we were lucky enough to have known him. We have so many fond memories, both on and off the CG ships; he had so many stories to tell!
What a wonderful life he had and loved to share with everyone.

We send our deepest condolences and our sincerest regrets that we can’t be there.
Kevin and Sarah (Boone) Hart

Julie Mayich

6 February 2019

Leta and MacLean family; May the memories you shared be a source of comfort to you in the future. My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Daniel MacIsaac

6 February 2019

I have fond memories working with Big Al in the galley upon the coast guard ships, he was a great friend and would phone me often. I will truly miss him.

My deep sincere condolences to his wife and family

Daniel & Seretha MacIsaac

Keith Kingston

5 February 2019

I am very sorry to hear of Al's passing .i worked with him at sea for over 30 years and he was a good friend and more like family, like a brother. I will miss our weekly talks on the phone very much. I am very sad to see him go. I give my deepest condolences to his family.

Jennifer Clack

5 February 2019

Sending our condolences to Uncle John and Aunt Cathy and your family. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother.

Jenn and Andrew Clack

Janet MacDonald

5 February 2019

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My deepest condolences go out to the whole family and to Helen. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.


Janet MacDonald