Roderick Alexander MacLean of Wenham, died on Friday, March 9th, 2012 at Masconomet Health Care in Topsfield after a long bout with kidney failure and congestive heart failure. He was surrounded by his immediate family who will miss him deeply. Rod grew up in Hamilton and Beverly, and graduated from Beverly High School in 1953, already dating his future wife, Nancy. He enlisted in the Army that year and served in the United States and Germany. Upon discharge, he joined Nancy at Tufts University, graduating in 1960 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as an engineer at the United Shoe and LFE and later as a Sales Engineer at Drytek, Varian and Comdel. In retirement, he worked part time at Maestranzi Brothers in Beverly, still selling machinery while enjoying the camaraderie of friends.
Rod and Nancy (Simmons) shared nearly 55 years of marriage, and a wonderful family. He leaves two sons, Andrew and his wife Deborah of Virginia, Stuart and his wife Stephanie of Washington, and a daughter Elizabeth (Betsy) and her husband Daniel MacDonald of Wenham. Rod was so proud of his five grandchildren, Casey and Jake (VA), Madeline (WA), and Alexander and Abigail MacDonald. He enjoyed their sporting exploits, school plays and concerts. Rod’s hobbies included house projects, salt water fishing, auto racing, and working on VW’s. He played the trombone and was an original member of the Dane Street Church Community band. He also enjoyed his Fourth of Julys at West Beach, boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, trips to the Bahamas, and his prized possession, a 1974 Porsche 911.
Rod’s family would especially like to thank the staff and care givers at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Masconomet Health Care. Both Rod and Nancy were cared for with compassion, humor, and support that was greatly appreciated.
A Memorial Service will be held at First Church in Wenham, 1 Arbor Street, Wenham, on Saturday, March 17th, 2012 at 2:00P.M. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A reception will follow after the service at the Church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made in Rod’s Memory to Hamilton-Wenham Friends of the Arts, Music Department, PO Box 198, Hamilton, MA 01936. Arrangements by the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
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