Robert L. McLamJuly 24,2013
Robert L. McLam
BURLINGTON — Robert L. McLam, 94, died July 21, 2013, at Starr Farm Nursing Center in Burlington, Vt.
He was born in East Topsham, Vt., on April 21, 1919, the son of Charles and Bertha (Hall) McLam. He attended school in Topsham and graduated from Bradford Academy in 1937.
He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of East Topsham.
After high school he joined the United States Army, serving in World War II. He served much of his time in Europe in England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was a surgical technician in Company D 105th Medical Battalion, holding a T5 rating. His division participated in five major battles across Europe, one of them being the Battle of the Bulge.
He married Leota M. Welch, of Topsham, on Nov. 25, 1950. In 1953, they built McLam’s General Store in Waits River. They operated the store until 1970. He was also employed at Bowen Hunter Bobbin Mill in East Corinth, Bradford Veneer Co. in Bradford, Vt., and Hutchins Bobbin Mill in Barre, Vt.
He was a naturally talented carpenter, building three family homes, and helping his daughters and sons-in-law with building and adding to their homes.
He and his wife loved to travel the back roads of Vermont. He enjoyed deer hunting, family gatherings, taking care of his home, his vegetable garden, and sitting out in his lawn chair watching the traffic go by. He was truly the king of his castle; as he aged and was unable to attend to his home, he was still the boss, keeping an eye on his children as they did the work.
He is survived by his wife, Leota; three daughters, Judy Cheney and husband Steve, of St. George, Vt., Lois Cote and husband Armand, of Burlington, Vt., and Susan McLam, of Orange, Vt.; three granddaughters, Krista Cheney, of St. George, Vt., Valerie Cote, of Burlington, Vt., and Lynnette Montgomery and her husband, Michael, of Lyndonville, Vt.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, mother, three sisters, Ivis McLam, Marion Brown and Ruby Constantino, and two brothers, Wesley McLam and Sheldon McLam.
The family gives special thanks to the staff of Starr Farm and the staff of Little Rivers Health Care in East Corinth, Vt., as well as Dr. David Ospina of Mountainview Medical in Berlin, Vt., for providing the best possible care a family could ask for.
Arrangements are being made by Hale Funeral Homes of Bradford, Vt.
At his request there will be no calling hours. Private services will be held at a later date.
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