On Celebration of the Life of
Leroy Cmanuel J4cClean
-farch 14, 1938 pril 29. 1995
Thursday, cMay 4. 1995
wiewing: 8:00 am 9:00 am
ohn Thowmas funeral 2lome
Uiewing: 9:30 -10:00 am.
-Service: 10:00 am
St. cJndrew's Episcopal Church
interment at CWstern Cemetery Number Two
St Thnmy VI.
Leroy Cmanuel AWcC an
Leroy Emanuel McClean was born to Hilda McClean nee Leonard and
William Emanuel McClean on March 14,1938 on the island of St. Thomas,
U.S. Virgin Islands. His early education was received at the George Wash-
ington Elementary School following which he enrolled at the Charlotte
Amalie High School and was the proud recipient of his High School
Diploma with his graduating class of 1956.
Leroy was an avid apprentice in the construction industry under the
tutelage of his Dad with whom he enjoyed a very close personal relation-
ship throughout his entire lifetime. He applied himself with a sense of
dedication of purpose and sustained diligence during his personalized
training with his Dad. His training commenced at a very early age, which
enabled him to successfully sit and pass the required test that qualified
him as a Licensed Architectural Draftsman and a Licensed Building Con-
tractor as soon as he attained adulthood.
As one of the youngest Licensed Architectural Draftsmen and Build-
ing Contractors in the Territory, Leroy became an entrepreneur and
diversified his interest not only within his professional field, but in other
areas as well.
At a very early age, he successfully constructed his family home, a two
story structure in Wintberg. With his associates, a fellow Licensed Con-
tractor, the Late Doughy Christian, and a Licensed Plumbing Contractor,
Liston Lewis, they undertook a series of construction successes with
several structures attesting thereto.
In his quest to diversify, Leroy ventured with his partner Liston Lewis,
into the Mac-Lewis Car Wash Enterprise which provided service to the
downtown area for several years until the development of the New
Harwood Highway resulted in its closure.
McClean and Associates was a sole proprietorship venture, which
Leroy established in 1968 and operated until his recent illness. He was
well known for his trophies, plaques, name plates, blue-printing, signs
and other related sundries at the same Dronningens Gade location
throughout the years. He possessed a fierce desire to attain and maintain
a very high professional quality performance level in every aspect of his
work. His sense of community was a constant source of encouragement
for him to single out deserving members of the Virgin Islands Commu-
nity to whom he would present meritorious service awards from McClean
and Associates, Inc.
Leroy Emanuel McClean was a compassionate human being who was
totally family oriented. He was the proverbial "M.C." at all family gather-
ings. This was obviously a most enjoyable role for him to play and he
played that role to the fullest extent possible.
Leroy and Joyce Blyden entered into a union, and from this union
Michelle was born with the distinction of having been Leroy's first child.
Michelle is an Elementary School Teacher at the Ulla Muller School in St.
Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Leroy met, courted and married Bernice Knight of St. Croix, Virgin
Islands. The wedding ceremony was held on June 20, 1959. From this
union four children were born: Roy, now a Professor of Chemistry at the
US. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; Rachel an Early Child-
hood Education Teacher in Norfolk, Virginia; Rudolph, a US. Army
Sergeant, stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia; and Rosalind, a Pharmacy
Technician in Columbus, Georgia.
On July 15, 1972, following the dissolution of his first marriage, Leroy
was married to Olive Canton of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. From this
union, there were two offspring, Jermaine, who is presently a student at
Michigan's Institute of Technology pursuing an Architectural degree;
and Jason, a senior at the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School
Leroy found peace of mind in the sanctity of his parents' home. While
his accomplishments and successes were many, he developed a prefer-
ence to stay within the safe zone of a happy and closely knit family
structural surrounding. This was his choice
Here he was safe. Now he is at Rest. May he find eternal peace in the
arms of the Lord!
William Emanuel McClean
Hilda Leonard McClean
Roy Emanuel McClean, Rudolph Emanuel McClean,
Jermaine Emanuel McClean, Jason Emanuel McClean
Michelle McClean Taylor, Rachel McClean, Rosalind McClean Hawkins
Louis Taylor, Jr., Edward Hawkins
Cynthia McClean, Janet L Margetson
Mon6 Taylor, Safiya Taylor, Renee Xavier,
Jameel Abel, Symone McClean
Alicia Richards, Cresida Raimer,
Alexis Callwood, Melva Downing, Doris Watley
Vernon Emanuel McClean, Elroy Emanuel MeClean,
Ejnar Emanuel McClean, Kelvin Calito McClean
Emelda McClean, Victoria McClean Edwards
Rita McClean Baptiste, Judith Jurgens Sprauve, Ebenezer John
Roy Emanuel McClean, Rudolph Emanuel McClean,
Jermaine Emanuel McClean, Jason Emanuel McClean,
Ejnar Emanuel McClean, Darryl Cruz
Kenneth Emanuel Richards, Keith Emanuel Richards, Hubert Raimer,
Leon Peterson, Shamba Yisreal, Leslie Downing, Leonard Bonelli, Jr.,
Louis Taylor, Jr., Jose Lettsome, Cecil Grant, Daniel Liburd, Jr.
Order of Service
The Rev. Fr. Ambrose Gumbs ... Officiant
EULOGY .................................... Gerald E. Hodge, Sr.
RECEPTION OF THE BODY .................. Prayer Book, page 466
BURIAL OF THE DEAD
ENTRANCE HYMN ............... And Can It be That I Should Gain
THE BURIAL ANTHEM ..................... Prayer Book, page 491
THE COLLECT ............................ Prayer Book, page 493
THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
THE FIRST READING: ..............................Jabari Watley
Isaiah 61:1-3, To Comfort All Who Mourn
PSALM 23 ................................. Prayer Book, page 476
THE SECOND READING: ....................... Radmur Downing
Revelation 7:9-17, God Will Wipe Away Every Tear
HYMN .......................................... The Strife is Oer
THE HOLY GOSPEL
I am The Resurection and the Life John 11:21-27
TH APOSTLES CREED ................ .... Prayer Book, page 496
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE ...................... Jean Lburd
Prayer Book, page 497
THE CONCLUDING COLLECT ............... Prayer Book, page 498
THE PEACE ............................... Prayer Book, page 360
THE OFFERTORY HYMN ................... Ye Holy Angels Bright
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING ............... Prayer Book page 367
THE LORD'S PRAYER
THE COMMUNION HYMN .................. I am the Bread of Life
PRAYER BOOK ........................................ Page 499
RECESSIONAL HYMN ..............Mine Byes Have Seen the Glory
AT THE CEMETERY
THE COMMITTAL ......................... Prayer Book, page 501
Dear Son ... We find ourselves in a state of bewilderment over the
suddenness of your departure from us. Fortunately, as a God fearing
family, we console ourselves by expressing the thought that God knows
best, and that he will never give us more than we are able to bear. The
very many loving memories of the close family relationship we enjoyed
together throughout your lifetime, will help to sustain us as we continue
without you. Thank you for having been a wonderful son to us. We love
you and will always miss you. Rest peacefully in the loving arms of
Mamie and Daddy
Dear Le... We love you and as we make plans for your funeral, we are
faced with the fact that you will not be with us anymore, you are in God's
During the past several years, upon arriving at our individual homes
in the evenings, as we made our calls to the main house, always there
would be Daddy, Mamie and you having tea and crackers. They will miss
you dearly, but we will continue to be there for our parents as you would
want us to be.
You were the highlight of our Annual Thanksgiving Day Family Func-
tion each year in your role as the "M.C.". The excitement you created as
you made all of our family members and friends feel welcome, will
always be remembered; you did an excellent job.
We will miss your loud laughter and quick smile. Sleep on our beloved
brother and find eternal peace in the arms of the Lord.
Your Brothers and Sisters, Cousins Rita, Judy & Sonny
Dear Daddy... We are deeply saddened by your sudden passing. We
will miss you dearly. Memories of times we had together are too much to
express in this booklet. You are in our thoughts and we love you very
much. Peaceful Journey Dad.
Kiddo, Rachel, Rudy, & Rosalind
Hi Daddy/Grandfather... You were taken from our lives when Renee
and myself greatly needed you. You have been a wonderful grandfather,
and you showed your love for us in your own unique way. The special
times you spent with us will be wonderful memories we will always
cherish. We both love you very much and will miss you.
Love, your daughter and granddaughter Rachel & Renee
Dad ... We still can't believe that you are really gone. Your sudden
passing will really leave a deep void in our lives and wounds that will
never heal, but we'll still have lots of good memories of the good times
we spent together and a special place in our hearts for you. We love you
Dad. Rest in peace Dad.
Your sons, Jermaine & Jason
Leroy... Your untimely death has saddened us all. May you rest
Uncle Leroy, you were always there to make me laugh. I didn't expect
you to leave us so soon. I will miss you at Thanksgiving Day, when you
made everyone so happy with your jokes and energy. I would also miss
the nights when you would come and say (Ohh Hoo), every body knew it
was you. Troy would miss when you would throw him up in the air and
count to five. Uncle Leroy, we'll miss you very much. You are now in the
hands of God. Rest in peace Uncle.
Your great niece and nephew, Shanee and Troy
Uncle Leroy... I never thought you would leave me so soon. You were
always there to make me laugh and I will try to remember the happy
times. Almost every Friday night you brought us pizza. I still remember
when you took us down to Griffith Park to watch the ball games. Uncle
Leroy when I heard you were sick the only thing I wished was for you to
get better. But when God saw your tired face he closed your weary eyes
and whispered peace to thee. Uncle Leroy I am truly going to miss you.
Your loving niece, Janiki
Dear Uncle Leroy ... You were always full of cheer and laughter. We
would look forward to each evening when you would come home and
recount all the funny things that happened to you that day. We miss you
greatly and will always treasure our memories of you. Uncle Leroy, you
.are now in God's loving care. Rest in peace.
Love always, your nieces and nephews
Dear Leroy ... The psalm reads "The Lord is my light and my salva-
tion; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall
I be afraid?" Sleep on my dear son in the arms of our Lord.
Miss Rosa & Family
Dear Me ... You were a very special friend; you were like a good son to
me. Our 30 years of relationship have come to a sudden halt. I will ever
value your friendship. I was not at your bedside because I didn't know.
The phone will not ring and when I pick up you would be on the other
end saying, "Mrs.T, how are you doing, I'm just checking." There will be
no more checking on this side, but as you always used to say, "we will
catch-up!" Yes Mc, we will catch-up on the other side. 1 cannot put it into
words how thankful I am for having known you, my priceless friend and
son. I am happy you did not have to suffer long, sleep on.
Hilda May Thomas
Dear Mac ... Today, words cannot express the depth of our sorrow.
We and all those whose lives you have touched, will always remember
you for your caring kindness and concern.
Indeed, we are much richer for having known you, Easter Sundays
will always be special because you shared your last one with us.
Oh, how happy we were then but we know that you are happier now,
because you are in the arms of our Lord and Saviour.
Sleep on my Friend. till we meet again.
Grace Guildarie and family and the hummingbird
Miss Hilda and Mr. Manny: Like so many others who were drawn to
Lee by his charm, courage and wit I am deeply grieved and bewildered
by his unexpected death. May the love of family and friends comfort and
strengthen you in the days ahead.
Judy & Arthur Boneli
To the relatives and friends of Leroy Emannuel McClean: "One short
sleep past, we wake eternally, and death shall be no more. "-John Donne
Mr. McClean touched the lives of so many who knew him as a family
man, businessman, patron and friend.
My family and staff join me in expressing our deepest condolences to
you on his passing.
Senator Allie-Allison Petrus
I will fever be able to find enough words to express the tremendous
void your passing has left on me. I'll always remember that you were
there for me during good times, bad times and in-between times. I'll
never forget during those bleak days when you would say, "Your honor.
.. things will be all right again... you'll always be my queen."
Today, although my heart is heavy I say, "Thank you, for being my
friend." Our Savior has assured us that to be absent from the body is to be
present with the Lord, for "the eye hath not seen, nor the ear heard,
neither has the heart of man felt the things which God hath prepared for
them that loved Him" (I Corinthians 2:9). I have no fear that you are
adjusting to our Savior's eternal presence.
With You In Prayer, Your Friend,
Senator Judy Gomez
On behalf of the Class of 1956, we would like to convey heartfelt
condolences to the family of Leroy McClean, the individual we know as
"Mac." There is no question in our minds that we have lost a dearly
Mac's passing has truly left a void in our class meetings as well as our
daily lives. Mac was a wonderful person his jokes kept us looking for
more. His annual Birthday Party will be surely missed
Mac, you'll always be in the hearts of the CAHS Class of 1956 even
when we meet in Christ. Rest peacefully in God.
Charlotte Amalie High School Class of 1956
God has a purpose for our heartaches;
The Savior always knows what is best;
We learn so many precious lessons
In each sorrow, trial and test.
The memories of our lives together
Shall never be laid to rest.
Michelle, Louis, Mond and Safiya
to the mane friends
who offered prayers and support
to us during Leroy's brief illness.
for the dedication
shown by the intensive Care Ulnit
and the medical personnel
at the St. Thomas hospital.
To all who hre joined us today
at this funeral service,
we are grateful for your support.
Jtay god richly bless you.
POINTED BY T. THOMASGRAPHICS