1939 – 2013

LEWISTON — On Oct. 20, at 2:18 p.m., James Albert McLellan, of Lewiston, completed this journey we call life. He had his family close and now his struggle is over.

He was born in Lewiston on May 28, 1939, to Arthur and Alice McLellan, just a few minutes before his brother and best friend, Terry. Jim grew up in the Lewiston area, remaining here until he joined the U.S. Army. He was very proud of his military time in Korea from 1956-59 and shared many stories of this time in service to our country. Upon completion of his enlistment, Jim returned home to meet and marry Lucille Giard. They had five children together and remained friends for all their lives.

Jim was a legendary “cutter” in the Lewiston/Auburn leather industry, working for most of the shoe and slipper shops in the area. He also drove a taxi for many years. Jimmy McLellan was a hard worker. More than 30 years ago, he met Helene Rodrigue and they were lifelong partners in life, in dancing and cards. Jimmy loved to fish and hunt the waters and woods of central Maine.

Jim is survived by his wife, Helene, of Lewiston; his children, Brian McLellan, Sandy Zally, Alice and her husband, Tony Marshall, Christine McLellan and Kevin and his wife, Marie McLellan; 18 grandchildren and five (plus two on the way) great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his twin brother, Terry and his wife, Monique; sisters, Connie and Cathy; and brother, Michael.

He was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Mary-Lou.

You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to James’ life by visiting his guest book at www.thefortinfrouplewiston.com.

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