McCellan: Lloyd Russell
Jan. 28, 1932 – Feb. 23, 2020
Lloyd Russell McClellan was born on January 28, 1932, at Anatole, Alberta. He died at the Misericordia hospital in Edmonton on February 23, 2020, with his wife Shirley by his side.
Lloyd grew up on the family farm near New Brigden. He was the only son of Ken and Blanche McClellan. He was surrounded by five loving and doting sisters. He attended Coe school which was just a short walk from the farm. He loved to ride horses as a boy but was extremely proud of the bicycle he won in a contest.
Sports played a big part in Lloyd’s life. He especially loved baseball. As a young man, he travelled to Florida to attend a baseball camp. It was through baseball that he met his future wife Shirley Peacock. She said he looked pretty good in a ball uniform. LLoyd and Shirley were married on June 1, 1962, and began their life together on the McClellan farm. Together they raised cattle and grew grain. Lloyd was one of the first farmers in the area to begin to grow Canola. He was the ‘iceman” and caretaker at the New Brigden Curling rink for many years.
Lloyd and Shirley raised two children, a son Mick and a daughter Tami. Lloyd instilled his love of all sports in Mick. They put on many miles together as Mick played hockey and baseball. It was a special and proud moment for Lloyd when he was able to take Mick to Florida to attend the same baseball camp he had as a young man. Lloyd taught Tami everything he knew and loved about horses. He could also be counted on to umpire her baseball games and coach her in curling.
Lloyd was blessed with four grandchildren. He spent countless hours with them just being grampa.
He and Shirley travelled many miles to watch them all play hockey, baseball and fastball. He was so pleased to hear that the girls enjoyed curling.
When Shirley entered politics, Lloyd was her constant companion and driver. He spent his later years travelling to many Horse Racing Alberta events with Shirley. He had always loved the horses, and it brought him so much enjoyment. He also looked forward to watching the Blue Jays and Oilers on TV.
Lloyd will forever be remembered as a kind, quiet and gentle man. He will be sadly missed by his wife Shirley, son Mick, and daughter Tami (Jeff) and his grandchildren Stevie (Scott), Shelby, Maverick and Peyton.