Nickerson Funeral Home

87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA


William "Bill" McClellan Jr.

December 15, 1940July 28, 2020

William “Bill” McClellan Jr. of Chatham, MA, age 79, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2020. Bill graduated from Boston Technical High School in 1959. After spending a year fishing out of Harwich and Chatham, he went to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, graduating with a marine engineering degree in 1963. Bill went on to work in the Merchant Marines for 23 years, obtaining his Chief Engineer License for Steam and Motor vessels. He married Maureen, the love of his life, in 1983 and spent just shy of 37 years together. Once he retired from sailing, Bill enjoyed working on computers, was one of the initial members of the Chatham Cable Committee and spent 12 years on the Chatham School Committee. He loved his time spent in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or out on the family boat in the waters around Chatham. Bill was also very involved with the ASLP program and with his alma mater. Bill enjoyed watching his daughter Katie grow up in Chatham and follow in his footsteps to MMA. Before passing he was able to see her complete her Doctors in Education degree. Bill had a love for Rhodesian Ridgebacks and was able to enjoy three different dogs. Fair winds and following seas. Bill is predeceased by his father William J. McClellan Sr., mother Helen (Riley) McClellan and niece Laurel Bowman. He is survived by his wife Maureen (O’Brien) McClellan; daughter Katherine M. McClellan; dog Nauset; brother John J. McClellan (Canton) and wife Jane; sister Joan Bowman (Virginia Beach) and husband Charles; one niece and two nephews. He leaves behind special shipmates, extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in William McClellan’s name to either Massachusetts Maritime Academy class of ’63 scholarship Fund, Advancement Office, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532; or The Chatham Children’s Fund, 166 Depot Road, Chatham, MA 02633. Burial will be private. At a later date a celebration of Bill’s life will occur. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.


  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy class of ’63 scholarship Fund
  • The Chatham Children’s Fund


  • Burial will be private. At a later date a celebration of Bill’s life will occur.


William "Bill" McClellan Jr.

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Joe Gilbert

August 7, 2020

So sorry. Bill was an ardent supporter of the Advanced Studies and Leadership Program (ASLP) at Mass. Maritime Academy. His contribution to Cape Cod Collaborative and ASLP and Mass. Maritime Academy will always be remembered. I have so many fond memories from the earliest years of ASLP when he and I mitigated the challenges posed to us as we together founded what has become the most acclaimed Program of its type in the State. Most important I considered Bill a close friend.

Deepest Sympathy

Amy (Baker) Carlson

August 6, 2020

Mrs. McClellan and Katie,

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. McClellan’s passing. I remember him being at CHS to help when computers became part of our learning. He also taught my mom, Hazel, learn computer basics in adult education classes. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you.

With Sympathy,

Shareen and Ernie Eldredge

August 6, 2020

Dear Maureen and Katie,
Our deepest condolences. Bill was a treasure and we enjoyed planning and implementing Close Enough Construction projects for many 4th of July's with him. His was a life well lived.
Shareen and Ernie

Katrina Lui

August 4, 2020

We feel so lucky to have met Bill, a true Cape Codder. The best memories we have, of course, were the few special times that we were given personalized tours off of Chatham on the family boat. Bill became so animated and seemed happiest out on the water with his family. And, I must say, his expression of his thorough disgust with the seal population, while in part made me chuckle (because it was the only time I actually saw Bill somewhat out of the character I had come to know), also revealed the depth of his passion & respect for the ocean, his belief in its rightful natural balance, and his heartfelt concern for the dependent livelihoods of local families.

Bill was, without a doubt, a kind and gentle soul. And, without a doubt, he had great love for and pride in his family. As little time as we had over the years to visit in person with Bill, we will, without a doubt, miss him. Our condolences and thoughts are with Maureen and Katie.

With fondest memories & much love,
Katy, Kurt & Kohl Lui

George Gillis

August 2, 2020

Dear Maureen and Katie,
We were saddened to learn of Bill's passing Our thoughts and prayers are with you. "Billy Mac" was a mainstay of his class of '63 and a true blue MMA alum who was ever present at academy events (as were you two!) He will be missed by us all.
George '64 and Kathy Gillis

Peter Barthel

August 1, 2020

Maureen and Katie, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. One thing that Bill will always be remembered for is his care for MMA and his classmates. He was the one that has held our class together the last years and I will always thank him for this chance to see and talk with our classmates.
Again our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Take care
Peter and Rosemary Barthel

Karen Sylver

August 1, 2020

Dear Maureen and Katie,

My thoughts, love and prayers are with you now and going forward.
I first met Bill when Sam and Katie did Kindergym at Monomoy. Bill was crawling through the obstacle course with Katie and I always thought "what a wonderful dad!" .... The only male with 10 two year olds and 10 moms .... brave man!
Peace and love to you both now and always!

Margo McIntyre

July 31, 2020

I was so privileged to have known Bill since his marriage to Mo. Mo and I met the summer of ‘73 and they married in ‘83. Then, along come Katie in ‘86, so I became friends with the whole family. I will always be grateful for knowing Bill and his wonderful wife and daughter. They have always been so giving, supportive, and kind. I will so miss Bill. I feel blessed however to know I have time with Mo and Katie still. Rest In Peace, Bill. You are loved by so many.

peter lawrence

July 31, 2020

Bill's positive attitude and kindness will be missed by all of us. His love, dedication and support for MMA, cadets and classmates was alway present. There was not a MMA event that we attended that Maureen and Bill were not there.
I had the honor and distinct pleasure of having sailed with Bill aboard the SS Red Jacket on the Far East trade routes; he epitomized the term SHIPMATE. He will be dearly missed by all of us.
Good bless and keep Maureen Katie safe.
Peter and Mary Ellen

Robert and Maureen Bourke

July 31, 2020

William J. McClellan:
Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. As defined this character trait epitomizes that of William McClellan. Bill was always true to his beliefs, his character and moral compass. We could always count on Bill to do the right thing. This coupled with his deep sense of caring for our youth and the community at large exemplifies the true soul of this largely unsung hero. It was my honor and privilege to have known Bill as a colleague and friend. He will be sorely missed.

We send our deepest sympathies to Maureen and Katie.

Robert and Maureen-Garrity Bourke


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