GEOFFREY WILLIAM McCLAIN

In loving memory of Geoffery William McClain, who passed away suddenly on Feb. 4, 2006.
Geoff was born April 24, 1964 in Red Lake, Ont. He lived in Madsen, Ont., with his parents, Bill and Edna, and sister, Nancy, until two years of age. The family then moved to Atikokan, Ont.
Geoff graduated from the Atikokan High School, going on to receive an honours degree in economics, with a minor in demographics, from the University of Manitoba.
Geoff and Karla met in the summer of 1990 and were married April 5, 1991. They moved to Red Lake in January, 1994 while Geoff was employed with the Red Lake Board of Education.
Geoff’s passion for Ear Falls became apparent when he and Karla moved there in the fall of 1994.
On Aug. 29, 1995, Geoff and Karla became parents with the birth of their son, Andrew. Geoff was a very proud and dedicated father to Andrew; even with all the new challenges the family faced, he always focused on Andrew’s successes and strived to give him the best life possible.
Geoff began his political career in 1997 when he ran for council. He was acclaimed and sworn-in in January, 1998. He was very proud to be a part of council and took his role very seriously.
During his time on council, Geoff worked very hard on getting the health centre up and running again. He felt it was very important to provide the residents of Ear Falls with the ability to seek medical attention in their own community.
In 1999, Geoff ran for the position of mayor in the Town of Ear Falls and after his successful election, he was sworn-in in January, 2000. Geoff worked very hard to make sure Ear Falls received its fair share when the provincial and federal governments were delegating funds.
In 2003, Geoff ran as the Liberal candidate in the provincial election. Although he was not successful, he never lost the passion to advocate for Ear Falls.
In January, 2004, he accepted the position of clerk/treasurer for Ear Falls.
In everything Geoff did—from his personal life and career to his activities in the community—he was always dependable, consistent, and diplomatic. Geoff always was able to keep his eyes on the “big picture” and he had the gift of being able to make things happen.
Many people in Ear Falls and across the province respected Geoff and often would look to him for ideas on how to make their own communities more successful.
Geoff will be sadly missed by his beloved wife, Karla; his loving son, Andrew; his parents, Bill and Edna; sister, Nancy Russell; step-grandma, Mary; mother-in-law Claudine; sisters-in-laws, Nedra, Connie, and Brenda, and their familes; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and many wonderful friends.
A memorial service was held Monday, June 5 at 11 a.m. in the Royal Canadian Legion in Ear Falls. Interment to be held at a later date.
Should friends desire, in memoriam donations to a charity of choice may be made through the Stevens Funeral Homes “Red Lake Chapel,” P.O. Box 237, Red Lake, Ont., P0V 2M0.
Condolences may be e-mailed to sympathycard@shaw.ca