James McLean Obituary (1969 – 2022) – Ottawa Hills, OH

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James Robert McLean of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2022 in the wee hours of the morning after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He breathed his last surrounded by the love of his nine closest family members. Jim was 52 years old.

Jim was born January 8, 1969 in Livonia, Michigan, to James O. McLean and Carole (Chizmar) McLean. He grew up in Plymouth, Michigan, where he and his family made lifelong friendships living in Orangelawn. Their special group of families made unforgettable memories. They would go on vacation together every year and Jim, along with his brother Joe and the other boys from this confluence of families, formed a tight-knit group that roamed the neighborhood in search of adventure and remained friends until the end of his life. Jim. During Jim’s childhood in Orangelawn, Jim began to take an interest in music. He loved listening to rock music, and his grandfather would take Jim and his brother to the local K-Mart to buy KISS albums, against their parents’ wishes.

His last school age was spent in Wauseon, Ohio, adding to the list of lifelong friends. Jim was active in the Disciples of Christ Christian Church youth group. Jim graduated from Wauseon High School in 1987. While at Wauseon he began to seriously explore music, taking guitar lessons with a local friend. It was this moment in Jim’s life that became the most important. Jim started playing guitar, along with his brother and a few friends from church, in a band called Paradox. It was the start of Jim’s life as a “rockstar”.

Jim attended the University of Toledo, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1992. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, where he formed great friendships which he maintained during the last thirty years of his career. life. During these college years Jim started playing music in open mics with a few friends and eventually became a founding member of Toledo’s band The Rivermen. Jim played rhythm guitar for The Rivermen from 1992 until the band released their second album in 1998. The Rivermen years were unforgettable for Jim, as the band gained local fame from their Wednesday night concerts. at Frankie’s to regional success playing in nearby college towns. Ohio and Indiana, and even Chicago. It was during these days that Jim caught the attention of a local girl who admired him from afar, asked him on a date, and later became his wife.

Right after Jim left the band in 1999, he married this local girl, his wife of 22 years, Rebecca Kania McLean. Jim and Rebecca began their life together in S. Toledo, where their first child, Claire, was born. Soon after, Jim and his new family moved into their first home on Grantley Rd. In W. Toledo. It was in this house that their second daughter, Emma, ​​was born. They enjoyed the block parties and late night gatherings in the yard with their neighbors who had become friends. Jim and his family eventually settled in Ottawa Hills, where they added even more friends to their growing list. This is where Jim and Rebecca have spent most of their lives together raising their daughters.

Jim had a distinguished 23 year career in sales. He began his professional journey as a sales representative for a local temporary employment company, Laborworks. He dreamed of working in the pharmaceutical industry and so began his pharmaceutical career as a sales representative at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in 2001, just one week after the birth of his first daughter. He had a career with Novartis for many years, but Jim ended his career with the pharmaceutical company Amgen. Jim made many friends with both companies, all of whom showered him with love and support throughout the last few weeks of his life.

In his spare time Jim engaged in many and varied hobbies, interests and activities. People called him a Renaissance man, and he was good at everything he did. He was practical around the house and could tackle anything from electrical work to tiling. Jim was also a renowned master brewer. His career as a brewer began with his mother-in-law in 1998, but ended immediately with an undrinkable batch of beer. It wasn’t until 12 years later that Jim and his brother started brewing beer together, and Jim devoted himself to this new side activity.

One of Jim’s favorite things to do was to be active, especially outdoors. He’s always been involved in sports, from high school basketball, baseball and track and field to intramural hoops and pickup games. He loved hiking and camping, and his first job out of college was at The Canoe Shop in Waterville. He has made superb hikes in the gorges of the Red River and Île Royale. He would tell you that his favorite hike was the 10-day hike, in the heights of the Sierra Nevada, which he did with his brother in 1996. Jim also shared his passion for hiking and camping with his family. In 2018, he trained and coached a group of six high school girls, including his daughter Emma, ​​to hike in Philmont, the Boy Scouts ranch in New Mexico. But after a year of intense training, the trip was canceled due to wildfires at the ranch. He was nicknamed “Lieutenant Jim” and although the trip did not take place, the training and practice hikes, especially the one in the Red River Gorge, left an impression on this group of young women. .

While Jim enjoyed many outdoor activities, his favorites were running and biking. It is during races and long bike rides that he has a good time with his closest friends. He’s made long road bike trips to Grand Rapids, cycled around the East Coast, and tackled the mountain bike trails at Oak Openings and along the Maumee River. He has trained and completed marathons and triathlons, and even finished the Wisconsin Ironman in 2012.

Jim’s passing left a hole in the hearts of many. Family, friends, coworkers, and even those who have only met Jim a few times are mourning his loss. Jim is survived by his wife, Rebecca (Kania) McLean; and daughters, Claire and Emma; parents, Jim and Carole McLean; stepmother, Mary Ann Kania; brother, Joe McLean; sister-in-law, Leslie McLean; and nieces, Rachel Ashley and Tessa Ashley; brother-in-law, Sean McNulty, and nephews, Quinn McNulty and Carson McNulty; aunts and uncles, including Bill and Peggy Chizmar, the Reverends Sam and Nan Chizmar, Duane and Elaine Updyke, Louis McLean, Bill and Vaunnie Westfall, Elaine Hawkins and Jim Zantop, and David McLean. Jim was predeceased by his grandparents, Joseph and Magdalene McLean and William and Ann Chizmar; stepfather, Roger J. Kania; sister-in-law Michele Kania McNulty; aunt, Peg Chizmar; aunt, Lisa McLean; and aunt, Beverly McLean. Jim leaves behind dozens of extended family members, especially cousins, whose hearts are broken because Jim left this land. Jim will be remembered as one of the nicest, funniest human beings you will ever know.

The McLean family are grateful to the nurses and staff at Promedica Toledo Hospital and the staff at Promedica Hospice, who all cared for Jim at the end of his life. Additionally, the family would like to thank the Toledo Clinic Cancer Center for their valiant efforts to help Jim fight this disease.

Due to the Covid, a private ceremony will take place in the coming weeks. A celebration of life will take place in the spring. Details will be shared at a later date.

Instead of sending flowers, consider donating to the Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation in memory of Jim. Details can be found at https://rolfefoundation.org/


Posted by The Blade on Jan 6, 2022.

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