DEDHAM – Bernard D. McLellan, 89, died May 30, 2012, at a Bangor hospital. He was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Bangor, son of Bernard and Levida (Jones) McLellan.
Bernard graduated from John Bapst High School and attended engineering classes at the University of Maine until World War II began when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served bravely in the Pacific Theater as a forward observer and senior chief for the 152 Field Artillery and was part of the first invasion forces of Japan. During battles in the Solomon Islands, he received a battlefield commission and was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his courage and services. After the war, Bernard married Patricia McNamera and worked for Railway Mail as a mail clerk aboard trains throughout Maine. He then transferred to the U.S. Postal Service and worked at the Bangor post office for many years. During his time at the post office, he achieved the office of union president. Bernard’s true work passion was selling real estate, which led him to meet his lifelong friend, John Largay. Bernard left the post office to work with John at J.F. Singleton Real Estate, becoming vice president of the company and receiving many awards for his contributions to the real estate profession. Bernard was well known throughout Maine and New England and continued to sell real estate until he was 84 years old. In 1983, his first of two grandchildren was born and Bernard forever became "Bunkie." He was very proud of Zachary and Caleb and told everyone of their accomplishments as they grew. Unfortunately his wife Patricia passed away suddenly in 1985, but his grandchildren continued to be his guiding lights. Bunkie’s favorite hobby was golf and he spent many happy hours on local courses and, during winters, spent in Lady Lake, Fla. Later in life he married Gail Smith and moved to Philips Lake, Lucerne. He enjoyed all the time he spent with Gail at the lake, especially while driving his pontoon boat.
He is survived by his daughter and husband, Cathy and Greg Canders; grandsons, Zachary and Caleb Canders; brother, Billy McLellan and wife, Irene; wife, Gail Smith-McLellan, and her children, Andrew, Kimberly and Donald and their families; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Francis and John; sister, Mary; first wife, Patricia; and daughter, Mary Sue, at birth. The family thanks the wonderful nurses and staff at St. Joseph Hospital for their loving care and support during Bernard’s stay.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, June 1, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, York Street, Bangor. Interment will be at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor. Those who wish to remember Bernard in a special way may send gifts in his memory to Bangor Humane Society, 693 B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at