Francis Alistair Funeral Notice

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Alistair Francis Maclean – 1936 – 2021

Alistair Francis Maclean was born in Greenock, Scotland. During his time at sea as a marine engineer, Alistair met Johanna Lim in Singapore. They married and moved to London, England, where Fiona was born. The family moved to Toronto, Canada in 1969 where Alistair found work as a marine engineer at the Toronto Harbour Commission, working on the tugboats. In 1981 he joined the Toronto Fire Department as marine engineer on the William Lyon McKenzie (the fireboat). Alistair retired in 2000, shortly after the passing of Johanna in 1999.

Alistair was an avid reader, golf fanatic, and techie. He had a keen interest in science and was always watching science programs. At 84, he still played golf every week, wrote his own computer programs (completely self taught) and enjoyed technology and gadgets. We were always first on the block with the newest gadgets – I remember when he bought his first computer, a Commodore PET, complete with a tape drive and less RAM than you would find in a Dollar Store calculator. He was very easy going with a wonderful sense of humour, and probably the most knowledgeable person I’ve ever known. Alistair passed peacefully in his sleep on January 5, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. He will always be remembered. I will miss him forever.

If you wish to make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in Alistair’s memory, please use the web page link.

If you wish to share any memories, His Daughter Fiona can be reached at

Sincerest Condolences from all our Retiree Groups go out to the Family and Friends.

In Solidarity, Retired Toronto Fire Fighters Association I.A.F.F. Local 3888