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Hugh Milford McLellan, loving husband, devoted father and proud grandfather and great grandfather, passed away peacefully at his home in Delray Beach, FL on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at the age of 93. The support of all those who love him was ever present when he joined his wife of 73 years.
“Hubie”, as he was affectionately known, was born in Conway, NH on May 21, 1930 as the first of six children to William and Helen McLellan. He found the love of his life, Jacqueline Mae Blair, at an early age and they wed on February 11, 1950. They were blessed with six children: Tina Webber, Linda Enlow (Ken), Vicki Knehr (Bill), Connie McLellan, Kip McLellan (Beth) & Troy McLellan.
After attending Keene State College, he began a career in the grocery business. Shortly after, he received his calling for public service and became a Police Officer. He began his law enforcement career in Lunenberg, Massachusetts before settling in the City of Keene, NH in 1967, where he protected and served for 25 years. He rose through the ranks in the Keene Police Department (KPD) beginning his career as a Patrolman and retiring as Captain. In those two and half decades of service, he received numerous accolades and commendations for his service, leadership and commitment to the community. With his loving and supportive wife by his side, he made Keene, NH a safer and better place to live, work and raise a family.
In addition to his training at the New Hampshire State Police Academy, he received certifications and constant training in the law enforcement industry. Hugh’s contributions to the KPD were significant and ever lasting. He was instrumental in developing the KPD’s Chaplain Program, Critical Incident Debriefing Team, the Arson Investigation Team, the Keene Area Radio Emergency Services (KARES) Program, the Accident Investigation Team and the K-9 unit. He served as the Commander of the Investigation Division and Drug Unit and was the Department liaison with many community service and civic agency groups.
Law enforcement was his calling, but Family was his heart. Even with the demands of a law enforcement career, he always made family his priority. With six children, that was a busy schedule. He even found the time to coach his son’s baseball teams - from Little League to American Legion.
Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Coach, Protector and Patriarch — Hugh was there for his family, friends and community every second of his life and set the example for all those generations that will succeed him. He lived a life of principle and his legacy of Family, Service and Honor will live on forever through those who carry his name.
Hugh is survived by his six children, ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, sister Connie Cosner, and many friends and neighbors in the communities he lived and served in. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 73 years, Jacqueline Mae McLellan, his sisters Ruth Goodell, Sandra Denico and two brothers, William McLellan and Blaine McLellan.
A visitation will be held at Diluzio Foley and Fletcher Funeral Homes located at 49 Court Street, Keene, NH in the spring. Hugh and Jackie will both be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Swanzey, NH following the visitation. Expressions of love and kindness can be made by donating to the Keene Police Benevolent Association, 400 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH 03431.