J. Richard McLean Jr., re­tired Cus­toms su­per­vi­sor, vol­un­teer

The Buffalo News - - OBITUARIES - March 25, 1932 – March 17, 2019

J. Richard McLean Jr., of West Seneca, a re­tired U.S. Cus­toms su­per­vi­sory in­spec­tor who was ac­tive with Catholic youth pro­grams, died Sun­day in Mercy Hos­pi­tal after a brief ill­ness. He was 86.

Born in Buf­falo and a grad­u­ate of South Park High School, he at­tended Buf­falo State Teach­ers Col­lege, where he ran on the cross coun­try and track teams.

He also at­tended the Univer­sity of Buf­falo and Cani­sius Col­lege.

He first worked at the Gen­eral Mo­tors En­gine Plant in the Town of Ton­awanda, where his fa­ther was a su­per­vi­sor, then joined the Catholic Union and Echo, now the West­ern New York Catholic news­pa­per.

When he trans­ferred to the Catholic Youth Depart­ment, where he or­ga­nized cul­tural and sports pro­grams, he met Eve­lyn “Evie” En­dres, who was a sec­re­tary and re­cep­tion­ist. They were mar­ried in May 1969.

Mr. McLean joined the Cus­toms Ser­vice in 1974 and had a 33-year ca­reer at the bor­der cross­ings on the Ni­a­gara Fron­tier, pri­mar­ily at the Peace Bridge.

For his work in Catholic pro­grams, in 1963 he was pre­sented with the Pro Deo et Ju­ven­tute (For God and Youth) Award by the Catholic Dio­cese of Buf­falo on be­half of the Na­tional Con­fer­ence of Catholic Youth. His fa­ther had re­ceived the award in 1961.

Ac­tive as a vol­un­teer at Queen of Heaven Church in West Seneca, he re­ceived the St. Joseph the Worker Award in 2016 from Bishop Richard J. Malone in St. Joseph Cathe­dral.

He was a vol­un­teer at the South Buf­falo Com­mu­nity Ta­ble soup kitchen for 20 years, was a mem­ber of its board of di­rec­tors and served as pres­i­dent from 2003 to 2005.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, sur­vivors in­clude a son, Kevin, and a brother, Bruce.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial was of­fered on Thurs­day in Queen of Heaven Church, West Seneca.

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