Mark Alexander McClellan, 52, of Rockland died tragically Dec. 20, 2009, resulting from an ice boating accident on Chickawaukie Pond in Rockport.

Mark McClellan was born June 6, 1957, in Ayer, Mass. He spent his childhood in Pepperell, Mass., later moving with his family to Kalamazoo, Mich., Hot Springs, Ark., and Valliant, Okla. He was a graduate of Lawrence Academy and University of Massachusetts, where he studied wood technology. Mark had a deep love for the outdoors, and in particular, the sea and wooden boats. He built his first of many boats while a teenager in Hot Springs, Ark.

Mark settled in Rockland in the early 1980s. With his extensive knowledge of the characteristics and capabilities of wood, he worked at various shipyards in Maine, including Renaissance Yachts in Thomaston, Goudy & Stevens in East Boothbay and Rockport Marine in Rockport. Mark actively designed and constructed furniture in his own workshop. He was an artist with wood. He worked collaboratively on projects for commissions in the United States and as far away as Australia, some of which are now in museums.

Mark married Ann Nuesse on Sept. 27, 1997, at Grey Havens in Georgetown, Maine. He was a devoted husband. He and Ann shared a love of the islands of Maine, as well as travel, skiing, hiking and sailing. He was a loving father to his two young children, Amelia “Molly,” 7, and Thomas, 9.

An avid sailor, Mark was captain of the schooner Simplicity, designed by William Hand, and the motor vessel Sunshine by Balzter-Jonesport. Each were enjoyed primarily as charter vessels in Penobscot Bay, though Mark ventured extensively from coastal Maine as far south as the West Indies with friends and family. He instilled a love of boating in many who shared time on the water with him.

Mark’s irrepressible zest for life and warm openheartedness will be missed by all who knew him.

Mark was predeceased by his father, James L. McClellan Jr.

He is survived by his son, Thomas, daughter, Amelia, and wife, Ann E. (Nuesse) McClellan; his mother, Constance R. McClellan of Harvard, Mass.; his brothers, James L. McClellan III of Harvard, Mass., and family, Peter H. McClellan of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Andrew R. McClellan of St. Louis, Mo., and family; and his first wife, Margaret Barclay of Camden.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Camden.

Contributions may be made to the McClellan Family Fund, c/o Camden National Bank, P.O. Box 880, Rockland, ME 04841.