In Memoriam for Keith McLean


Keith McLean passed away in his lifelong home this week at the age of 90.  Keith’s landmark farmhouse and stunning gardens near the end of Kent Bridge Road welcomed generations of visitors to the Rondeau Bay area.  A passionate agriculturalist & environmentalist, Keith firmly believed that Rondeau was big enough for all users to share.  When Keith spoke everyone listened.  When the MNR’s Rondeau Park Advisory Committee met to plan Rondeau’s future in July 1974, Keith addressed the committee on behalf of our “outside-the-park” neighbours.  His plea to keep cottages in the park was one of most powerful speeches of the night.  Although he never actually owned a cottage, we all owe a debt of gratitude to Keith McLean for speaking up on behalf of Rondeau’s neighbours to once again remind the province that “Rondeau Park is for People, Too”.

Here is the obituary:

McLEAN: Keith. A resident of R.R.#1 Morpeth, Keith McLean passed away at his home on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at the age of 90. Born in Howard Township, son of the late Leo and Hazel (Toll) McLean. Brother of the late Lloyd McLean and his wife Winnifred. Uncle of Ronald McLean of R.R.#4 Blenheim, and Sandra and Dave Satchell of Chatham. Friends will be received at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Friday, November 23, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. Cremation with interment in Morpeth Cemetery. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at McKinlay Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown, Ontario (519)674-3141.

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