OBITUARY

Paul D. McLain

October 25, 1925June 6, 2014
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Paul D. "Pete" McLain, 88, of Toms River, NJ, passed away on June 6, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bellevue, PA, and was a lifelong resident of Toms River, NJ. He attended West Nottingham Academy in Maryland and was a proud WW II veteran of the US Army Air Corp. Pete was a 1950 graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Wildlife Biology & Wildlife Management. He was employed by the State of NJ Division of Fish & Game from 1950 until his retirement in 1987 as Deputy Director. Throughout his career, he was a photographer, an outdoor writer, and hosted a local radio broadcast on wildlife. He received numerous awards during his career. After his retirement, he continued his lifelong work preserving Barnegat Bay and the surrounding wildlife.

Mr. McLain was predeceased by his beloved wife Anne H. McLain in 2012. He is survived by his son Samuel McLain and his wife Lynda of Seaside Park; his three daughters: Wendy Berg of Toms River, NJ, Nancy Valentino of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, and Elizabeth McLain and her husband William Hipple of Bayville, NJ; his sister-in-law Katherine Smith and her husband Gerald of Williamsville, NY; and his five grandchildren: Joshua, Evan, Noelle, Lauren and Shelby; along with his niece Leslie and nephew Jeff and John.

There will be a Memorial Gathering on Tuesday, June 10th, from 3-7 PM with a 6:30 PM service, at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pete McLain Scholarship, through the Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program and Save Barnegat Bay.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Memorial Gathering Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • A SERVICE WILL BE HELD TUESDAY EVENING AT 6:30 P.M.
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June 11, 2014

Jennifer Hendricks , U.S. Coast Guard

June 10, 2014

R.I.P. Pete McClain. Thanks for the childhood memories at the Clam Ranch banding baby Osprey!

June 10, 2014

I worked with Pete at the Division of Fish & Wildlife for nine years; the last two
as his secretary. He was quite a colorful guy; always had a good joke to tell &
really cared about the environment & wildlife, not only in New Jersey, but
worldwide. His work with the endangered & nongame species has left a lasting legacy. Whenever I see an osprey, I think of him, soaring high above the clouds.
My sympathies to Sam, Wendy, Nancy & Beth & their entire family.

Jenny Novak & Family

Lisa A

June 10, 2014

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June 10, 2014

Lisa A

June 10, 2014

Pete, You are a forever friend and mentor. I have a story from everyday we spent together. Enjoy your time to rest now - you have taught us all how to carry on your important legacy. Monty is glad to have is companion with him again!

Anne Akerley

June 10, 2014

Pete..May the bright light of your love continue
to live within each of your children and all of your family/friends. RIP

Trish Schuster

June 10, 2014

I had the opportunity to work with Pete at Island Beach in the '90's. We had some amazing 'adventure's-if you know Pete that statement needs no explanation! He was such an inspiration and an outstanding teacher. The entire state owes him a debt that cannot be repaid. He was one of a kind. It was my pleasure to call him my friend. God Bless, Petie.

janet campbell

June 10, 2014

Wendy, Nancy, Sam and Elizabeth, I am so sorry for your loss. The world lost a great man and he will be sorely missed. May he RIP.

June 9, 2014

Pete was an early contibutor to radio station WOBM-FM. I remember recording Pete over the phone each evening. His program aired the following morning. Always a positive attitude and an all-around nice guy. RIP, Pete. My deepest condelences to his family and friends.