Flowers of the Forest

Obituaries of Former Clan MacLaren Members
Shown in order of death date.

Obituaries of Clan MacLaren Extended Family

Douglas McLaren | James Philip Mclaren | Julius McLaurin | Joe McLaurin | Marvin Connelly | Ralph Lowe |
Gail Benson | June McLaren | Felder Michael McLaurin | David Knapschafer | Houston Lowry |
Roy Tandy | William MacLaren

Douglas McLaren
May 21, 1951 - Oct. 8, 2014

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Douglas Malcolm McLaren. He was born in Montreal in 1951 to Gertrude and Kenneth McLaren, with two brothers Ken and John, and a sister Linda. He was a well-respected labour relations officer, and graduated with his MBA from UBC in 2009. Doug was a kind and gentle man, and well-loved in his community. He was an active member of the Richmond Baptist Church, where he worked in the community kitchen. He belonged to the Clan MacLaren Society of North America, where he shared his passion for his Scottish heritage. Doug was also a connoisseur of fine scotch, part of the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, and will be missed by many friends at the O’Hare’s pub. He was a strong, reliable and trustworthy man with a warm heart which he opened to many.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Georgina, with whom he shared 32 happy years of love and laughter. His gentle nature, wisdom and quirky character will also be missed by his daughters Rebecca and Rachel, son-in-law Daniel, his granddaughter Danica, and by everyone he welcomed into his family.

Posted from the Richmond Funeral home website.

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James Philip McLaren
May 17, 1941 - February 12, 2014

James Philip McLaren, "Dr. Phil", 72, of Waikoloa died February 12, 2014. He was born May 17, 1941 in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Phil was a professor of Biology. He was a teacher to the core in addition to being a pastor to the kids. He enjoyed scuba diving, skiing, reading, and devotions. In addition to being a Missouri Synod Lutheran and an Anglican of the Anglican Mission in America, and he was a member of the Scots Charitable Society. Phil was a member of Clan MacLaren Society of North America for about 25 years. Phil was a vice president for a term and the northeast commissioner for about 10 years. He came first to Hawaii in December 1988 and settled in Waikoloa in January of 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne McLaren of Waikoloa; daughters, Reilly (Chris Guardino) McLaren of Beverly Hills, California, Merry (Jeff) Smith and Lark Ellen McLaren both of Quincy, Massachusetts; Hanai daughter, Linda Hoover of Waimea; brother, David (Faye) McLaren of McDonough, Georgia; and three grandchildren. Memorial service took place Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10am at Waikoloa Community Church on Paniolo Road, across from the Waikoloa Elementary School. Arrangements by A Hui Hou Crematory & Funeral Home of West Hawaii. There was also another memorial for Phil in Quincy, MA at the Union Congregational Church at 136 Rawson Road, Quincy, MA on May 17, 2014.

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Julius Ransom McLaurin
November 26, 1923 - January 10, 2014

Mr. McLaurin was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Jones County, Miss. He died Jan. 10, 2014, in Alexandria.

:Mr. McLaurin and his late wife, Dottie, were longtime members of the First Baptist Church of Pineville, where he served as a deacon and chairman of the deacons, and member of the finance, personnel, long-range development and fund development committees.

Mr. McLaurin served 2 1/2 years with the Navy in World War II after graduating from high school in Ellisville, Miss. Following his military service, he attended Jones County Junior College and graduated in 1948 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He received his master's degree from the University of Mississippi in 1949 and did post-graduate work at Tulane University.

He entered the health care profession in 1951, organizing and developing outpatient facilities and clinics for physicians in St. Charles Parish. In 1958, he was named administrator of St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher. From 1960-69, he was the administrator of Lane Memorial Hospital in Zachary before moving to Alexandria in 1969 as assistant administrator of Baptist Hospital. Mr. McLaurin served from 1970-88 as president and CEO of Rapides Regional Medical Center. Mr. McLaurin was also heavily involved in local civic matters as a member of the Downtown Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Hospitals Joint Fund Drive with Cabrini, Pineville Mayor's Citizens Advisory Committee, Central Cities Development Corporation board, chairman and treasurer of the Rapides United Givers Fund Drive, president of the United Way of Central Louisiana, board of directors of the River Oaks Square Arts and Craft Center, Economic Development Council of Central Louisiana and a 1990 recipient of Louisiana College's Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. McLaurin was preceeded in death by his wife, Dorothy M. McLaurin, parents Ollie and Norma Pickering McLaurin and sisters Mildred Suggs and Ida Mae Williams.

He is survived by sons Monty E. McLaurin and wife Debi, and Brian E. McLaurin, and daughter Marian M. Templeton and husband Lance. In addition, he is survived by five grandchildren: Leigh Erin Lowery and husband Dan, Michael McLaurin, Laurin Maier and husband Matt, Lindsey Welch and husband John, and Cody McLaurin; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, James McLaurin and wife Pat, and sisters Betty Shields and husband Frank, Eleanor Rae Johnson and husband Vernon and Helen Thames.

Memorials may be made to the McLaurin Nursing Scholarship Fund through the Central Louisiana Community Foundation, P.O. Box 66, Alexandria, La., 71309.

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Joseph Lake "Joe" McLaurin
July 7, 1951 - November 27, 2013

Joseph Lake "Joe" McLaurin, 62 of Oxford died Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013. A native of Surry County, son of the late Daniel Archie McLaurin, Jr. and Mary Margaret Templeton McLaurin. An active member of the Oxford United Methodist Church, a retired employee of Wesco Heating and... Air, he was president of the Triangle Chapter of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. A celebration of life was held at 3:00 PM Saturday, November 30, 2013 at the Oxford United Methodist Church by the Reverend David Haley and the Reverend Alan Swartz. Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Ginny Muse McLaurin; his daughter, Jenny Rebecca McLaurin (Jamie) Sugg of Winterville; Amanda McLaurin Bouleris (Matt) of Raleigh; Danielle McLaurin Hunter (H.B.) of Concord, NC; his brother Daniel Archie McLaurin III (Judy) of Raleigh; Paul Andrew McLaurin (Jennie) of Ferndale, Washington; Franklin Glenn McLaurin (Vivian) of Garner; and 5 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, 4915 St. Elmo Ave, Suite 202, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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Marvin Connelly
April 17, 1929 - November 11, 2013

Marvin Don Connelly, Son of Ira Otto Connelly and Jewel Kate Alexander -- Born April 17, 1929; died, November 11, 2013 of Pneumonia. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving as a Cryptographer Technician. He is predeceased by his first wife, Beulah Marie "Toots" Hughes; and two children: Keith and Lisa.He is survived by his current wife, Maryann Connelly; 3 children: Steve, Sean and Patty; and 5 step-children: Leland, David, Dale, Bruce and Martha; and numerous grand and great-grandchildren. A Funeral will be held at the LDS Chapel at 555 North Danebo at 2 pm. Viewing will take place between 1 and 1:45 pm. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon on Monday, November 18th at 2:00 PM.

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Ralph Lowe
CMSNA Legal Counselor
November 24, 1931 - May 20, 2013

Lowe, Ralph Edward, 81, of Batavia, passed away May 20, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was born November 24, 1931, in Hinsdale, Illinois, to Charles and Eva Lowe. He graduated from Downers Grove High School, DePauw University, and the University of Illinois College of Law. In 1956, Ralph was admitted to practice law in Illinois, and in 1958 he established a private practice in Aurora, IL. In 1974, he was admitted to the Georgia Bar and opened a second office in Atlanta. In 1990, he was admitted to the South Carolina Bar and in 2004 was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Ralph was a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He served as legal counsel to the Friends of the Batavia Public Library and the Clan MacLaren Society of North America. He practiced law for over 50 years before retiring in 2010. He married Patricia Eichhorst on August 23, 1952, and they were married for 60 years. Ralph enjoyed traveling with Patricia, spending time with his grandchildren, reading, gardening, and discussing politics. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His family and friends will miss his guidance, sense of humor, and kindness. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and three sons, John (Michelle) Lowe of Chicago, Michael (Rose) Lowe of Lilburn, GA., and Timothy (Lori) Lowe of Batavia. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Elizabeth (Doug) Walker of Okemos, MI., Kevin Lowe of Lilburn, GA, Alexander Lowe of Batavia, and Nicholas Lowe of Batavia. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Richard Lowe, of Atlanta, GA. A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 22, at the Batavia United Methodist Church in Batavia, Illinois. Private interment was at Yearsley Cemetery in Champaign County, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Gail Elizabeth Benson
Life Member of CMSNA
November 24, 1936 - March 16, 2013

ENSON, Gail Elizabeth (nee Smith), age 76, of Haddonfield, NJ passed away on March 16, 2013. Beloved wife of Dr. Charles E.; Loving mother of Deborah Elizabeth Quigley (Thomas) of Haddonfield, NJ and Charles N. (Karen Lee) of Chicago, IL; Dear grandmother of Sean Quigley; Sister of Margaret Hoffman (Roy) and Aunt of Stephen and Thomas Hoffman. Mrs. Benson graduated from Collingswood HS in 1955, Penn. Hos. School of Nursing in 1957 and Franklin College in 1960. Gail utilized her nursing skills in a variety of ways: she taught nursing, was a school nurse of the Barrington School district, was the camp nurse for the Pine Hill Scout Reservation and other scouting events and camps. She had been an activate member of the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, participating in the Choir and teaching Sunday School. She was also a member of the Fortnightly EMD, the Delta Zeta Alumni Chapter and the Haddonfield Lions Club. She volunteered for the Election Day Polls and numerous other community activities. Mrs. Benson's family will receive friends on Wed. March 20th, 10-10:45 AM; at the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, 126 E. Kings Hwy., Haddonfield, NJ; where her Service will follow at 11 AM. Interment at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, New Carlisle, OH. Condolences may be sent to the family by signing the guestbook at

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June McLaren
Wife of former president, JB McLaren
November 9, 1929 - March 14, 2013

MCLAREN, JUNE HARRISON - 83, of Germantown, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, James Blackburn McLaren. She is survived by her daughters, Martha Krachenfels and Lynn McLaren; her son, James Blackburn McLaren, Jr.; and her grandchildren, Lauren Krachenfels, Ryan Keller, James Blackburn McLaren, III, Daniel G. Lovell and Paige Keller. A memorial service will be held at The Village at Germantown Auditorium at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013, with visitation to follow. Internment will be at 2:00 p.m. on March 24, 2013, at Olivehill Cemetery, Olivehill, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church, Alcoa, Tennessee, or The Village at Germantown Foundation, Germantown, Tennessee.
      Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on March 21, 2013

For more information about the services, contact her son, James McLaren or call him at: 901-833-3367 or 901-524-5277.

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Felder Michael McLaurin
November 12, 1957 - May 27, 2012
Felder Michael McLaurin, 54 yrs old and a 39 year resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away on May 27, 2012. Known to all as Michael, he was born on November 12, 1957 in Paducah, KY to Felder D. McLaurin and Greta (Taylor) McLaurin. Michael worked as an Electrical Engineer at Nevada Test Site. He is survived by his Father Felder and Step-Mother Dorthy of Aiken, SC, Mother Greta Taylor McLaurin of Las Vegas, NV., Brother Matthew McLaurin of Las Vegas,NV., Sister Catherine McGarry of Las Vegas, NV. and Fianc�e Kim Krebs of Las Vegas, NV. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave., Las Vegas, NV. 89129.

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David Knapschafer
April 15, 1956 - February 16, 2012
Dave Knapschafer passed away on February 16, 2012. He was fifty five years old. He is survived by an aunt and numerous cousins and many devoted friends. A native of Sacramento, he was a licensed optician and loved his patients and his profession.

Dave was a stalwart worker in the Northern California MacLaren activities. He was one of those people you could always count on. He was always there, on time, ready to work with tool kit in hand. At the 2010 Woodland California games he got tired of waiting for help and went ahead and set up five tents by himself. The very first symptoms of his cancer manifested at the Pleasanton games in 2010 when he was putting up the tents and suddenly complained of pain in his neck and back. This past year at Pleasanton, when the cancer had taken the use of his right arm and hand and he could no longer help put up tents he worked on the displays inside and was so pleased when we took Best Clan Tent for the second time.

Dave always led the MacLaren marchers in the call of Creag an Tuirc in the clan parades and did it so well that the announcers accused him of holding practice sessions. One of his proudest moments was marching behind the Chief during our AGM at Pleasanton. He kept saying �Can you believe this, I marched behind my Chief�. There were two photos in his hospital room and one was a big photo of Dave and Chief Donald at Pleasanton. He was so proud of his heritage and loved wearing his kilt. When some of his friends visited him in the hospital and commented on how great it was that his clansmen had rallied around him so much he gently corrected them with �They are not my clansmen, they are my kin�. He loved us and we loved him.

When you think of Dave, you think of three things, the wonderful smile and his two favorite expressions, �Awesome� and �It is all good�. He is sorely missed, for his spirit, his sweet nature, and his hard work.

If you would like, donations may be made in Dave�s memory to the Balquhidder Kirk Restoration Fund. Make checks out to CMSNA, c/o Mark McLaren, Treasurer, 611 Indian Home Road, Danville, CA 94526.

Read Dave's writings on our Heritage page .

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Houston Lowry
One of the Earliest Members of CMSNA and Past President (1998-1999)
October 5, 1926 - August 12, 2010

Dr. Frank Houston Lowry, Jr., born October 5, 1926 passed away 10:45 A.M. Thursday, August 12, 2010 at Blount Memorial Hospital. Son of the late Frank, Sr. & Elizabeth Lowry. Well known Family Practice Physician in Madisonville, TN for 43 years.

Survivors: wife of 62 years, Freda Tallent Lowry, 8 sons and daughters, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, preceded in death by brothers, Joe & Robert Lowry. Graveside service & interment was 10 A.M. Saturday, August 14, 2010 at Haven Hill Memorial Gardens.

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CAPT Roy Tandy (USN, Retired)
CMSNA Past President (1990-1993)
May 21, 1933 - April 26, 2011

Roy is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Jo, and three daughters, Mary Gonzalez and Paul, Janet Truscott and David, Laura Tandy and John Steitz. He had three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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Major General WILLIAM G. MACLAREN, JR. USAF (Ret.)
1928 - July 13, 2011
Departed this life at the age of 83 on July 13, 2011, in Dover, Delaware, after a courageous battle with surgical complications. General MacLaren was born in Chicago in 1928, to William George MacLaren, Sr. and Dorothy P. Costello. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played baseball, marched with the band and served with distinction in Air Force ROTC. In 1951, he graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering-and later earned a Master's in I.E. at Syracuse University. He believed in lifelong education, completing a Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2003.

Transitioning to active duty, General MacLaren swiftly earned his pilot wings. By 1953, he was in South Korea, piloting RF-80 and RF-86 aircraft on unarmed reconnaissance missions over China and the Soviet Union. Returning to the U.S., he flew B-47's with the 2nd Bombardment Wing at Hunter A.F.B., Georgia, and then was a flight instructor for B-52H pilots at K.I. Sawyer A.F.B., Michigan. In 1964, General MacLaren was chosen for the U.S. Air Force-Royal Air Force exchange program. Posted to R.A.F. Station Finningley as chief flight instructor, he also became the first American pilot to be fully qualified on the British Vulcan bomber. Beginning in 1967, General MacLaren was assigned to the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing at Takhli Royal Thai A.F.B, Thailand, where he flew 142 combat and humanitarian missions. General MacLaren's career expanded beyond flight duties on his return from Thailand. He served two years at the Pentagon, in the Special Studies Group under the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After a distinguished graduation from the Air War College in 1971, he was made vice commander of the 5th Bombardment Wing at Minot A.F.B., North Dakota, and took command of the Wing a year later. In 1974, General MacLaren moved to March A.F.B., California, first as the 15th Air Force Chief of Staff and then as Vice Commander. From 1975 to 1978, he was the Pacific Area Communications commander at Hickam A.F.B., Hawaii. In 1978, he returned to his original home state as Vice Commander of the Air Force Communications Service at Scott A.F.B., Illinois. He then returned to Washington as Director of Command, Control, and Telecommunications at Air Force headquarters. In 1981, he took those skills to NATO, as Assistant Director of CCC Systems, in Brussels, Belgium. General MacLaren reluctantly retired in 1984 after 33 years of exemplary military service, his love of flight demonstrated in over 6,000 logged hours. His many military decorations and awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with "V" device, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters. After retirement, General MacLaren consulted on significant defense projects including the Ballistic Missile Defense Program. In 1991, President H. W. Bush appointed him General Manager of NATO's Air Command and Control Management System Agency. The General retired from NATO in 1993 and continued to consult in Washington while he and his wife designed a new home in Dover for their retirement. In 2006, he finally retired from work to enjoy time with his family, their menagerie of beloved pets, and his favorite community groups such as the citizen-police program and the Dover ASPCA.

He is survived by his wife Brigitte; previous wife Mary MacLaren, three children Vanessa, Jon and Scott, from his first marriage (with Lorraine MacLaren); five stepchildren Kristin, Patricia, Patrick, Nancy, and Kelly; and fifteen grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at the Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel with interment to immediately follow at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. A reception for family and friends will follow at the Fort Myer Officers' Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory be made to your local ASPCA.

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