Ian McLean

Ian Stanley McLean

Thursday, May 7th, 1942 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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McLean, Ian Stanley
May 7, 1942-July 24, 2020

Ian passed away peacefully aboard the “Peace Train”, surrounded by his adoring family at Lakeridge Health Oshawa from complications of Parkinson’s which he courageously battled for 8 years. Ian was a kind soul with a gentle smile and will be forever missed.

He leaves behind his loving wife Sue Mclean (Kyle) of 55 years whom he shared his remarkable life with.
Together they had three wonderful daughters, Tracy, Joelle (Keith), Erin (Daryl).
Proud and very involved Poppa to Leah, Mackenzie and Riley, Danielle and Bailey. He took great pride in all their accomplishments.
Dear brother of Diane, Anna, Paul and Michael.
Lovingly remembered by his brother in law Mike Kyle and his nephew Jason Kyle whom he shared his passion for all things sport including his love for the EFL and his team The Tottenham Hotspur.
Predeceased by his adoring Mum, Ivy Zrichuk and Father, Stanley McLean (England – 1943 RAF WW2)
Predeceased by dear Nana Helen (Kyle)
He will be sadly missed by his Standard Poodle Nova.

Ian was a respected and well-loved Teacher and Principal with the Scarborough Board and the DDSB for over 35 years
A consummate member of the “Monday Knights” basketball guys for 30 years where he was affectionately known as “I”.
Ian was a lifelong fitness advocate, competing in triathlons, marathons, and discovering his passion for cycling where he was a member of the Oshawa Cycling Club. He participated in the Rideau Lake Cycle Tour for many years. His cycling adventures took him touring England, Holland, Gaspe Bay Peninsula, and Germany where he visited his Father’s grave site.
In his off season, Ian enjoyed cross country skiing and taught at Dagmar as well as participated in the Gatineau Loppet for many years.
After retirement, he found his love for golf and joined the “Phata Morgana” boys along with his lifelong university buddies “Apps” and “Heim”.
Special thanks to Lakeridge Health (8G nurses), Palliative floor nurses, and special appreciation to nurses Anna, Ashley and Dr. K Graham for your compassion and support.
Memorial donations to the Lakeridge Health Foundation-Palliative Care, or OVC Pet Trust Guelph University.

Cremation has taken place.
As per Ian’s wishes, a celebration of “Bangers and Pints” to toast his brilliant life at a future date.
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“Cause out on the edge of darkness
There rides a Peace Train
Oh, Peace Train take this country
Come take me home again.” – Cat Stevens
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Pina Craven

Posted at 01:18pm
Hello Sue & Family,
Sending condolences to you on the passing of your husband. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Pina Craven

Laura Magrath

Posted at 12:54pm
I was so fortunate to work with Ian at Lake Vista. We had many wonderful chats over a few pints after a squash game, workout or bike ride. As a first year teacher, I appreciated his calm, wise words of advice and his constant support and I try to maintain the same calm and caring approach in my current role as a principal. So sorry for your loss but ever grateful to have been influenced by such a wonderful human.

Linda Zaks-Walker

Posted at 01:19pm
I first met Ian at Aldon School where I taught a special education class in a school for special education students. He was a smart, dedicated principal who put his heart and soul into creating a safe, caring, meaningful education for students.
When he became principal of a new school, Lakeside Public School, I jumped at the opportunity to be part of the staff and was lucky enough to be hired as a kindergarten teacher. My colleagues and I became a kind of family under Ian's leadership and together we created the same kind of environment - a school dedicated to excellent, caring, safe, meaningful education for all students.
Ian was inspirational and when I think about what makes a good leader, I visualize Ian.
In my professional life when I am stuck on how to deal with a difficult situation, I often think "What would Ian have done?"
I am so saddened by his death. I know how fortunate I was to work with him.
Sue, my heart goes out to you and your family. He will definitely be missed but please know that he was an unforgettable principal who had a very positive impact on staff and students.

Barry Hayes

Posted at 01:46pm
I worked with Ian at Lake Vista Senior Public school and considered him a close friend. I remember mountain biking with Ian at Hardwood Hills and riding the Gnarly Trails. I especially remember Ian's kind, calm manner. One of my fondest memories of Ian was during his bicycling trip around Quebec's Gaspe Peninsula when he and his cyclist friends stopped by and visited my parents when I happened to be in Gaspe during my Summer Vacation.. Sue, I am truly sorry for your loss. Ian was a remarkable, kind and gentle man who will be missed by many.
Barry Hayes

Bill Skribe

Posted at 01:03pm
Our condolences go out to you, Sue, and your family regarding the loss of Ian, a consumate athelete and sportsman. I will always remember the great times I had palying basketball with him and the local boys over the years. The loss of Ian is a huge loss to the local sports community. Sending you our love and best wishes. Bill and Kathy Skribe

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