Harry "Mack" E McElwain, IIJuly 8, 1947 ~ May 7, 2017 (age 69)
Mr. Harry E. “ Mack “ McElwain, II, age 69, of 34 Reuter Ave. Pittsfield, died Sunday,May 7th shortly upon arriving at the BMC. He was born in Astoria, Oregon, July 8, 1947, the son of the late Harry E. and Mildred J. Shook McElwain, Sr. He was educated in the schools in Selkirk,N.Y. having moved there as a young boy. He later moved to Pittsfield to make his home and graduated from PHS in 1965. Mack then attended Berkshire Community College prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy on March 22, 1966.
He served aboard the USS Hull as a Boatswain Mate and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. A recipient the Combat Action Ribbon, he also received the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars.
Upon his honorable discharge from the US Navy, he became employed as a machine tender for Schweitzer and Kimberly Clark prior to his appointment with the City of Pittsfield Parks & Recreation Department where he was employed in maintenance and as a heavy equipment operator. After retiring from the City of Pittsfield in 1998 with 22 years of service, he later became as Assembler for Veteran’s Industries located on Eagle St.
As a devout NASCAR fan, he was a big supporter of Kyle Bush and his team. He was also a fan of the Boston Celtics and the N. Y. Yankees, and he loved to vacation at Hampton Beach, N.H.
He is survived by his life partner of 22 years, Sheila A. Kiernan Jerome of Pittsfield and her children, Sherry Quadrozzi, and Shaun and Erin Jerome, his brother, Craig McElwain of Fenton, Mo., his 2 sisters, Cheryl Fitzgibbons and Michelle McElwain, both of Albany, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.
McElwain, Harry E. II, “ Mack”, age 69, of Pittsfield died Sunday, May 7th. Calling hours at the DEVANNY-CONDRON FUNERAL HOME will be MONDAY, May 15th from 4 to 6. Funeral services will immediately follow beginning at 6:00 pm. Burial will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Soldier On in care of the funeral home.