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Alan McFarlane January 06, 1949 ~ July 31, 2019

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Alan McFarlane, 70, of Melbourne FL, passed away unexpectedly on July 31, 2019.

Alan was born in Norway, Maine and grew up in Virginia. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the Marines and was sent to Vietnam from January 1968 to February 1969. As part of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, the “Walking Dead,” his final battle was the Dewey Canyon Operation, for which he was awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with a “V” for his valor in battle. His commanding officer won the Congressional Medal of Honor for that engagement.

After his honorable discharge, he began work with the United States Post Office as a mail clerk; later he became a rural letter carrier in Northern Virginia. He was also a union steward for the Postal Workers union. Retiring after 30 years of service, he moved to Maine to be the caregiver for his mother until her death.

He had many interests, but had two passions: fishing and reading, and he loved sharing these with others. He was naturalist, a Weathermeister, and a favorite resident in his rural Maine community. He delighted teaching his nieces, nephews and grandchildren his joy of fishing and being part of the Maine outdoors. He relished describing the multitude of “National Geographic Moments” as he called them, when he experienced a natural event that few get to see.

He obtained his private pilot’s license in 2012, in honor of his dad’s service in World War II as a glider pilot.

In 2013, he moved to Florida where he continued his passion for fishing in both the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge lagoons and the on the lakes in Brevard County. He became fast friends with the local guides and his fellow fishing enthusiasts. In addition to his fishing skills, he was a talented photographer, documenting his mornings on the Lagoon with spectacular pictures of sunrises and the changing weather. He also volunteered with veterans groups in the area.

He is survived by his son Danny (Essie), his grandchildren Tori, Curtis and Daniel, and his sisters Sr. Anne Elizabeth Toepker, Norah Lackey and Laurie DiSanto. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many friends across the country.

A memorial service and reception will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, 1001 Hickory St, Melbourne FL at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to Heroes on the Water – Space Coast Florida Chapter www.heroesonthewater.org

A memorial service in Northern Virginia and interment in West Paris, Maine will be announced at a later date.

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Laurie

August 9, 2019, 6:27 pm

Love you bro. Rest well.

Paul MacDowell

August 9, 2019, 8:28 pm

I always had a sense of awe for my cousin Alan. Alan to me seemed to know everything – how to fish, how to use a jackknife, how to explain things – how to care enough to talk to a chattering 8 year old and, best of all, just knowing he was there as we shared a room in an old farmhouse I swear was haunted! Alan’s mischievous glance would bring a smile to any face and I am sure there are many a tale yet to be told about his exploits. Years later, we spent some time chatting about our relatives and life in general; I still value that discussion and insights. To my beloved cousins Laurie, Norah, and Anne please know that you are loved. May God support you all during this trying time. And, Alan, you’re still my hero…we’ll continue our discussions on the other side one day.

Megan Tucker

August 10, 2019, 8:17 am

I miss you Uncle Al. Especially your commitment to mischief, making sure everyone had good book lists to read, your confetti birthday cards, and making us feel special. Love and peace, Megan

Janice and Bill

August 10, 2019, 4:34 pm

Dear Family of Alan…we didn’t know Alan, but Alan was a very good friend of Bobby F…so we share in your loss…Alan was an amazing man and we are saddened by his passing…Thank you, Alan, for your military service and for your love of your family and your appreciation of nature…Love and Peace, and God’s Grace, to your family…Janice and Bill. (gibsonbillgibson@gmail.com)

Pam Wakefield

August 10, 2019, 8:27 pm

Alan……what a lovely man. You are missed so much, my heart is saddened by your passing. How thoughtful and kind, offering to come and help me care for my husband when he was very ill. A wonderful friend to me and so many. We had such fun times together. Thank you, thank you for being part of my life. Love, Pam

Former Postmaster Patrick D. Tolbert

August 11, 2019, 11:04 pm

Alan, I know the contribution you made to the Rural Carrier Craft and the Postal Service was immense. You was a breath of fresh air and ‘common sense’, and you helped guide the Rural Carrier Union through difficult times and made them viable to this century. For those people that still have their jobs as Rural carriers, I thank you..

Ann & Brigitte Fontenot, S. Strickland

August 13, 2019, 2:33 pm

Our condolences to the Family.

Kay Kessler

August 13, 2019, 2:42 pm

I shall miss chatting with you early mornings, Alan, as we met on Green Valley. You were always cheerful and enjoyed the early morning, May you rest in peace.
Condolences and love to your sister, Laurie.

Christine Souza

August 13, 2019, 3:01 pm

Laurie, your brother seemed like a wonderful person to be around. I’m so sorry I never got to meet him. He certainly made lots of friends during his moving from one place to another. He certainly loved life.
Again, I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother.
Love Chris

Melinda Buschor

August 13, 2019, 11:58 pm

I know your memories of your brother will help you in this difficult time. I have so much respect for him and his service to his country words cannot express how moved I am by veterans. I
wish you comfort and well wishes.

Bryan Conkling

August 18, 2019, 12:43 pm

Dear Allen family…I had the privilege of being in the same veteran group meetings with Allen. The first time I met Allen, it was obvious he was a very kind soul who had compassion for many others sharing similar life’s experiences. My visit at the memorial service left me wishing I got to know him better as I could see we have many similar interests with fishing, aviation and photography. I will always have a great amount of respect for his sacrifice to our country. He was loved by all of us who got to know him at our veterans group and will be deeply missed. God bless you always. Romans 8:38-39.

Kathy Couch Tucker

August 22, 2019, 8:41 pm

Laurie, Anne, and Nora… I am so sorry to hear this news! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of Alan’s family. He was a great guy, and great neighbor back in Fairfax in the early 70’s. I am so glad I was able to visit him and your mom in Maine in 2011.

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