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Thomas R. "Tom" McLain

Thomas R. McLain “ Tom “ passed away at home in his sleep on April 15,  2019.

He was a good man.

Born on the south side of Chicago in 1922 to Thomas T. McLain and Ella Mae Swan, he moved to Akron shortly after his birth. Tom grew up in Portage Lakes and attended Coventry High School, graduating in 1940. On a warm April evening of that year he dropped in on a dance and met a young, dark haired girl named Hattie Ball from South High School. It was love at first sight and they were inseparable (except for his four years in the Navy from 1941-1945) until Hattie´s passing in 1999. Never have there been two people more in love with each other, in sync with the times or devoted to having a family and making a life together. They married in 1945.

He started work in sales with The R.C. Musson Rubber Co. and remained there until his retirement at 80 years old. Tom loved his work and the people he got to know as part of it. With the security it provided,  he and Hattie bought a house on Tweed Drive in Portage Lakes  where they lived the rest of their lives.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Susan Miller and husband, Richard of Boston, MA; his son, Michael and wife, Ingrid of Stockholm, Sweden; grandchildren, McLain Bennett, Eric McLain, Alice McLain; great grandchildren, Timothy and Paige Bennett and Alexandra McLain-Morfeldt; several nieces and nephews.

Tom was a man completely devoted to his family. This deep sense of Family was his fountainhead of strength, harmony, inspiration and energy until his final breath. He lived a long and successful life and will be greatly missed.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to the caregivers from Home Instead of Akron, Ohio.

In accordance with Tom´s wishes, a private family service will be held at some future date.

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Thanks Mike !!!

Michael May 11 2019 12:00 AM

Thankyou Rusty !! we appreciate your kind words!

Michael May 11 2019 12:00 AM

Thankyou ! he certainly did like seeing you all and watching the grow up !

Michael May 11 2019 12:00 AM

We were neighbors of Tom for 12 special years. Hemeant so much to our family. We will miss him dearly and will remember all the memorable stories he would share with us. His love for Hattie and his family was bigger than life. He was like a grandpa to my three boys (Brock, Kade, & Jace). We are overjoyed that he is finally reunited with Hattie.

Deepest sympathy to all of his family..

Julianne and Eddie Speedy

Julianne Speedy Apr 30 2019 12:00 AM

Tom McLain was the kind of man we need a lot more of in this world. He loved his family and always had a smile. He will be missed by many.

Rusty Wood Apr 28 2019 12:00 AM

Marilyn, thankyou ever so much for being there. Not only recently but all the times with Mae and Ike..Bess...everyone. Enjoy each day and be part of life in beautiful Portage Lakes.

Michael McLain Apr 24 2019 12:00 AM

thanks Chuck !!! yes Tom certainly thought highly of you too !!! Our time in school...your parents when we practiced in your living room when the Caballeros was getting started...all the band people and functions...Christmas tree " rope making " and sales for band trips. And all the other thousands of moments that are the threads with which we weave the tapestry of life. He wove a colourful and joyous tapestry of life.

Michael McLain Apr 24 2019 12:00 AM

Thankyou Patti for thinking of him....us. He was a man who loved life and definitely lived it while he had it. Thanks again.

Michael McLain Apr 24 2019 12:00 AM

How nice Mike ! Thankyou for the remembering Tom so well. He love to talk, engage and be part of things especially for young people getting on with their lives. Thanks again !

Michael McLain Apr 24 2019 12:00 AM

I am sad to read of Mr. Tom McLain's passing but I rejoice with you in knowing he lived his life well and one day you will all be together again. I pray the entire family can find solace in your wonderful memories of the life you all lived together. Praying for you all.

Patti Joy Apr 23 2019 12:00 AM

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