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Barbara "Bobby" Anne McLean
September 23, 1937 ~ November 4, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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MCLEAN, Barbara Anne (Bobby) - On November 4, 2023, Bobby, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away surrounded by her family following a brief illness at the QE2 in Halifax. Bobby was born in 1937 in Centre Rawdon and was the daughter of the late Cecil and Gladys Casey. Bobby grew up with five siblings and always enjoyed sharing her favorite stories of their shenanigans growing up on their farm. She was predeceased by four of her five siblings; Margaret (Woodman), Dennis, Norman and Keith and is survived by her brother Michael Casey.
Bobby was married to and survived by L. Keith McLean and celebrated 60 years of marriage in August, 2023. She is also survived by her three children Paul (Jo-Anne), Karen Shah (Anil), and Mark (Kristina Caddick). She is also survived by her two grandsons; Derek and Greg she lovingly called her “boys” and her great-children Myah, Bailey and Sadie who she spent many hours rocking to sleep.
Bobby spent many years teaching, with the last of her teaching years at Oldfield Elementary School. Retiring in 1993, Bobby was happy to have more time to bowl, bake, watch her grandbabies, travel, watch her Blue Jays baseball and sit on her front deck watching her birds while having a coffee. Bobby was a long-time member and organist at the United Church in Windsor Junction/Wellington arranging music with her longtime friend Louise Loughead for 53 years.
Bobby was her children’s and grandchildren’s biggest cheerleader enjoying many hours at the hockey rink hiding behind poles when the games became too close. Also known as the Cheema Cookie Mom, Bobby supported her children during many regattas and paddled with the Women’s War Canoe. Bobby barely missed a regatta and always brought along her delicious homemade cookies, a welcome treat for all.
Bobby shared her love of cooking with many, making sure they always had their favorite meal when visiting or on special occasions. She had a freezer full of baked goods and no one left her place without a loaf of her bread, banana bread or a pie. Even when she didn’t host the meal, she always made sure to bring homemade pies. Christmas was her favorite holiday; she would start her baking very early in the Fall to make sure those who were lucky enough to be on her Christmas cookie list received their cookies before the holidays.
Bobby touched all who had the pleasure of knowing her and always put everyone else’s needs before hers, even in her final hours. We will hold on to our memories of music being played joyfully through the home to many sing songs and gatherings and will continue this tradition to celebrate her. As much as we will greatly miss Bobby’s physical presence, we know she will look after us all.
Cremation has been entrusted to East Coast Memorial with a Funeral Service taking place on Friday, November 10th at 11:00 am at St. John’s United Church, 3360 Highway 2, Fall River, NS. A reception will take place after the service and a private family burial will follow the reception.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bobby’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, a charity of your choice or simply do a kind act for someone in her memory.
The family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to the staff of the QE2; units 4.1, IMCU and 4.2. We so appreciate your compassion for our family and most importantly to Bobby in her final days.