William R. McLain, 84, formerly of Rockland, passed away peacefully Dec. 8, 2017, with his loving wife, Margaret McLain, daughters and son-in-law by his side.

He was born April 3, 1933, in Rockland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ashton and Beatrix McLain; his brother, the Rev. Joel McLain, of Biddeford; and his daughter, Karen Elizabeth McLain. Bill was a graduate of Rockland District High School in 1951 and attended The Rockland School of Commerce for business and served in the Air Force.

Bill lived in the Rockland area for 60 years. This included a home in Owls Head on Crescent Beach and a cottage on Crawford Pond in Union, where all the family created years of fond memories. He spent most of his career as manager at Kalloch Fuel Services. He and his wife lived in Nokomis, Fla., for 14 years, where Bill worked as a community association manager. Upon retirement, they moved to Cleveland, Tenn., in 2007 to be near family.

He was loved by his family and he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret Sawyer McLain; his daughters, Brenda Vinal (Daryl) of Appleton, Carol Almy (Erik) of Cleveland, Tenn.; his son, David McLain (Sharon), of Birmingham, Ala. He was a grandfather to 10 grandchildren, Chris (Kendra), Brandon (Lexi), Ashley, Travis, Ryan, Matt, Jake, Hunter (Rebecca), Sierra and Storm. He was a great-grandfather to four great-grandchildren, Adrian, Mason, Aisley and Gavin. Survivors also include several nieces, nephews and cousins, whom he was very fond of.

Bill was a Methodist. He was a member of Rockland Elks Lodge 1008, Mid-Coast Shrine Club, and Rockland Lions Club. He enjoyed his hobbies of reading, golf, travel, rug-hooking, building dollhouses, playing cards and spending time with family.

A family graveside service will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are with Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, Rockland.

To share a memory or condolence with the McLain family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.