Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

Dennis E. “Ted” McLellan

Dennis E. (Ted) McLellan, age 96, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2018, at his home in Ormond Beach, FL, surrounded by his loved ones. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018, at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 10:00am with Father Joseph Morgan as celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery with Military Honors. A gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Frary Funeral Home, 515 Caroline St., Ogdensburg, NY from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. Memorial donations can be made in his name to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 214 Morris St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or to The Claxton Hepburn Medical Center Foundation.

Ted was born on August 13, 1922 in Ogdensburg, NY, the son of Archibald M. and Beatrice Fraser McLellan. He attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy. Upon graduation, he attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He left the program early to enlist and then served in the U.S. Navy as a Fighter Pilot, flying many missions during the Pacific Theatre. He earned the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon and the Philippine-Liberation star, as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air medals. After the war, he returned home to marry Elizabeth (Betty) Saunders and attended Simmons School in Syracuse. He took over the McLellan Funeral Home, which was established by his father in 1913. Ted and Betty owned and operated the funeral home until 1984 when they retired and moved to Ormond Beach, FL.

Surviving him are five sons: Thomas C., Port Orange, FL, David J., Ormond Beach, FL, William P., Ogdensburg, NY, James J., Ormond Beach, FL, Timothy J., Ogdensburg, NY; three daughters, Mary Victoria Hebert, Ormond Beach, FL, Kathleen M. O’Malia, Ormond Beach, FL, Mary Denise, Brooklyn, NY; seventeen grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Betty, a son, Teddy, and a grandson, Patrick, as well as his parents and six siblings: Arch, Tom, Sally (McCadam), and Mary Catherine (Krebs), Tim, and John.

While living in Ogdensburg, Ted was very involved in the community. He was a member of St. Mary’s Parish Council, Chairman of St. Mary’s Cemetery Association, and served as an usher at St. Mary’s Cathedral for many years. He devoted time to teaching in the CCD program, as well. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus. He was active in the Kiwanis organization, and served as Commissioner of the Kiwanis Grasshopper Baseball League. Ted sat on the A. Barton Hepburn Hospital Board of Directors, and was Chairman of the Ogdensburg Housing Authority.

Ted spent his life devoted to his family and friends and showed genuine concern for others. His favorite past time was cooking and entertaining large groups of people, especially holding court at his grill. He was happiest serving a big meal and sharing his stories and jokes, often laughing until he cried. Ted loved spending time at and on the St. Lawrence River. He had many interests including gardening, hunting, fishing, and golfing, where he proudly captured a hole in one. He loved the challenge of a crossword puzzle or a game of bridge and, until recently, was executing winning hands. At the end of the day, Ted’s favorite expression was, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

Ensign McLellan, Thank you for your service to Country, Church, Community, and love of Friends and Family.

42 Comments

  • ron boismenu Posted November 2, 2018 11:43 AM

    he was a great man always went out of his way for people very sad for your loss he will be in our prayers

  • Tom LaRose Posted November 2, 2018 1:04 PM

    Another great individual
    has entered entered the gates of heaven. Our prayers for his family from Tom & Linda LaRose

  • Robert and Ann Erwin Posted November 2, 2018 3:05 PM

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was a great man, I remember him and Betty growing up as my dad Bob Wainwright worked with him at his funeral home. Our sympathies and condolences are extended to the entire family

  • Patricia Mahoney Posted November 2, 2018 3:45 PM

    We send our condolences to his family. We are so sorry for your loss. He lived a wonderful and long life and shared it with his beautiful family up north and down south. With deepest sympathy, Patti Mahoney and Family

  • Michael and Lisa Gemmill Posted November 2, 2018 8:34 PM

    We share the lose of Ted with you.We also want to thank you for sharing your family time with our families over the years at (our time of loss)..Ted and Betty always will be remembered for the devotion to others.Sorry for your loss..

  • Andrea (Sansoucy) & Jim Montanaro Posted November 3, 2018 8:10 AM

    What a true “Gentleman”. He will be greatly missed. I can only imagine the greetings, with open arms, by great friends and Family when he arrived in Heaven. RIP Mr. McLellan. We will never forget the “honor” we felt to be asked to celebrate his 90th Birthday with him and Family. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all the McLellan Family. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful man.

  • Donna (Pelo) Hall Posted November 3, 2018 8:44 AM

    My condolences to the entire McCellan family. Your dad was an exceptional man who will be missed by so many . Keeping each of you in my prayers.

  • Mary Favre Posted November 3, 2018 11:25 AM

    My condolences to the entire McClellan family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Love, Mary Sharrow Favre and family. RIP

    • joe Posted November 7, 2018 9:17 AM

      you had a fantabulous incre3dible futuristi and energwetic and absolutely brave and glorious etc

  • Mary Fay Allan Posted November 3, 2018 12:36 PM

    Ted was a great patriot, good neighbor, and wonderful family friend. We will miss him but know he is a far better place for which he prepared so many families in Northern New Youk. Godspeed, dear Ted

  • Martha Sansoucy Posted November 3, 2018 12:47 PM

    Our sincere sympathy to the McLellan Family. Such a Wonderful Gentleman. He will be missed but has left you all with so many wonderful Memories. May He Rest In Peace. Love and Prayers are with you at this very sad time.

  • Marie Puccia Switzer Posted November 3, 2018 5:29 PM

    Deepest sympathy and prayers to the McLellan family. Your Dad was a true gentleman. He will always be with you in happy memories.

  • JoAnn Douglas Posted November 4, 2018 8:59 AM

    To the Mclellan family, I am so sorry for your loss..Your Dad was a wonderful man.He had a kind heart and a beautiful soul

  • Macreena Doyle Posted November 4, 2018 3:15 PM

    I’m so sorry for the McLellan family’s loss. Mr. McLellan was a wonderful person, great friend of our family and tremendous asset to the community. He’ll be missed.

  • Micah Cardinal Posted November 4, 2018 5:02 PM

    I remember Mr McLellan from my childhood. A very dignified man especially in his work. He was always involved in making the community better. Another of the « Greatest Generation » to receive their just rewards. Thank you sir for your service. To Ted’s friends and family I hope all your wonderful memories give you peace and leave you with a smile.

  • Pat (Sherry) Mandigo Posted November 4, 2018 7:06 PM

    To the McLellan family, so sorry for your loss. Ted was a great friend to our family. He lived a long life, now he can rest. God bless him and his family. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • M Penny Sharrow Posted November 5, 2018 7:04 AM

    To the entire McLellan Family-

    Our thoughts , prayers and fond memories are with you all now. Cherish your memories and he will always be there with you.

    Sincerely –

    Phil and Penny Sharrow

  • Debbie Polniak Posted November 5, 2018 11:37 AM

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. It sounds like he lived a wonderful life. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • Mary Anne Osborne Posted November 5, 2018 11:59 AM

    ” A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best”. author unknown God speed Mr McLellan. Peace and comfort to all the McLellan family.

  • Cindy Simpson Posted November 5, 2018 12:52 PM

    Sympathy and prayers to the family

  • the messina family Posted November 5, 2018 1:24 PM

    dave and family I am so sorry for your loss ted was a great guy a good father brother son grandfather rest in peace ted helen,rob messina

  • Michele Whalen and Valerie Summer Posted November 5, 2018 2:44 PM

    Mr. McLellan’s family knows how sorry we are to know of his passing. He was a gentleman with a very good sense of humor. The memory that stands out foremost in our minds is when I invited Ted, Kate, and Bill for a fish fry years ago and it somehow ended up being me and Ted scaling two limits of big bass for a gathering at Kate’s camp so he could cook them his way on the grill. I had never scaled fish before and never will again! Valerie and I think we’re still seeing scales out in that area of the yard. I’ll never forget him or how much he loved the garden that Bill and I created for him. Rest in peace my Friend. Kate and Ed are taking care of the garden now.

  • Francine Perretta Posted November 5, 2018 3:47 PM

    Mr. McLellan has been part of the Perretta family for as long as I can remember. He was great friends with our Mom and Dad, John and Winnie. We are all deeply sorry to hear of his passing. He was a very kind and gentle man. Our deepest sympathies to all the McLellan family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We send hugs and love your way.

  • Chris Doboze Posted November 6, 2018 5:10 AM

    Sorry to read of the Mclellan family’s loss our family sends much deserved condolence to all the Doboze family prays in teds memory

  • Charles & Diane Stearns Posted November 6, 2018 8:33 AM

    Dear Tim and Family,

    May the Lord be with each of you at this time at the loss of your father. May the Angels guide him to heaven to live eternally with the Heavenly Choir of Angels and those who have been lost in his earthly life. God Bless your family may they be together now and for eternity.

    I will always remember and cherish the memories of past years!

    Peace Love and Prayers,

    Charles & Diane Stearns

  • LOIS LANGTRY & KEN JUDD Posted November 6, 2018 8:49 AM

    To all the McLellan family members, our thoughts and prayers are with you. He is an Ogdensburg icon who joins many others who have gone before him, and they are probably having a Heavenly Commission Meeting right now to see how they can continue to direct the city, the county, and probably the country to a better, more peaceful way to live!

  • John Carroll Posted November 6, 2018 9:29 AM

    I was very sorry to learn of Mr. McLellan’s passing. He served the community for years and raised a wonderful family. I think he knew everyone in town, He was a kind and caring man and we send our condolences to the family.

  • Anne Sharrow Torbin Posted November 6, 2018 9:54 AM

    My deepest condolences to the entire McLellan family. We all have such wonderful memories of your dad & his family. Anne Sharrow

  • Bob Pinkerton Posted November 6, 2018 1:12 PM

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad, Wonderful memories of him and the family.

  • Michael Coppola Posted November 6, 2018 1:59 PM

    Dave, TJ and family, I’m very sorry for the loss of your father he always treated me very nice may God’s peace be with him

  • Pam Richardson Posted November 6, 2018 2:09 PM

    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, he was the sweetest man and could cook chicken like nobody else! Thoughts and prayers to you all. Pam Richardson

  • William leary Posted November 6, 2018 7:03 PM

    Dear Dave and TJ and family, Bill and I are so sorry for the loss of your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Andrew & Ramona Kennedy Posted November 8, 2018 8:24 AM

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • Newtown Family Posted November 8, 2018 10:07 AM

    We are so sorry to learn of Ted’s passing. He lived a long and loving life and made the world a better place.

    There are so many memories from growing up in Ogdensburg with the McLellans. I remember so many times Ted had to leave a wake in order to get all the kids to quiet down. It was a losing battle. Our families spent so much time together over our formative years: birthday parties, dinners, cookouts, picnics. There were three families that were particularly close—the St. Andrews, the Newtowns and the McLellans. Ted has finally been re-united with Leo and Mary, Joe and Mary and his beloved Betty.

    Love, The Newtown Kids—Chris, Norie, Mary Marg, Mary Jo and John

  • Nancy Sullivan Posted November 8, 2018 11:54 AM

    Ted will never be forgotten. Those who knew him couldn’t help but love him. “Gentleman” was a description used by many and it was so true in many ways. I have wonderful memories of him too numerous to post. He left a wonderful. lasting imprint on Ogdensburg. One of my first thoughts was that he is now with Betty and Teddy and so so many more. Rest in Peace Ted.

  • Peter Zabriskie Posted November 8, 2018 3:55 PM

    I was sorry to hear the news of Ted’s passing. I missed seeing him on the river this past 4th of July but thought I would be seeing him again one of these days. I’m sorry I didn’t get to. I wish to express my condolences to his entire family. He was a good friend to my mother and to the rest of our family and those of us remaining will surely miss him.+

  • Ed Barr Posted November 9, 2018 7:31 AM

    A truly wonderful man will be dearly missed…Mom loved seeing him at her annual pig roast. Prayers to all ~~

  • Patti Corsillo Posted November 9, 2018 12:56 PM

    Prayers are said for my friend and co-worker, David McLellan. There are no words to help you and your family during this extremely difficult time. I continue to pray for you, your family and your Dad’s friends. He is seated with Our Father and is watching over all of you.

  • JUDY WRIGHT Posted November 10, 2018 7:45 AM

    Ron and I extend our deepest sympathies to Ted’s family and friends. He was a loyal customer of Wright’s Marine for years and always had a smile and kind word for everyone. He was always friendly and would ask how things are going and be genuinely interested. A kind thoughtful sweet man who will be missed by all..

  • Stephen Lapointe Posted November 10, 2018 9:08 AM

    My sincere condolences to Dave and all of the McLellan family. Ogdensburg has lost a pillar of the community. Ted has guided us through the loss of many family members over the years and at age 9 , he left such an impression on me that it inspired me to become a funeral director . After 37 years in the profession, I still think of him often- he was highly revered by my family and myself. I’m sure God will reward him for his good deeds-may he rest in peace.

  • James Dimbleby Posted November 10, 2018 9:33 AM

    Dave, I’m very sorry to learn of your father’s passing. He certainly leaves a great legacy. My condolences to you and his entire family. May your happy memories of his life well lived bring you comfort. Jim Dimbleby

  • Joan Trivilino Posted November 12, 2018 7:09 AM

    To Billy and family, my condolences on the loss of your dad. How blessed you are to have so many many memories to cherish. Peace.

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