In the fall of 1963 he moved to Kapuskasing, Ontario to work in the pulp mill and became a Stationary Engineer 2nd Class while employed at Spruce Falls Power & Paper. In 1970 he moved to Smooth Rock Falls to be a Shift Enginer at the Abitibi plant there.
While living in Smooth Rock Falls, he was a founding member of the Smooth Rock Falls Conservation Club. He was also a director for the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters for 2 years.
In the fall of 1979, he was hired by the University of Waterloo as a Shift Engineer, a position he held until his retirement in June, 2000. He was on the union executive for many years, serving as president for 3 years. He also was on the Union Negotiation Committee for 12 years.
William enjoyed many happy years of outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and camping with his family.
Jean spent her years as a homemaker looking after the needs of her family. She enjoyed many hours at her favorite hobby, knitting, and was well known in Kapuskasing and Smooth Rock for the fancy sweaters that she produced.
Wayne Douglas McClanahan b. 1960
Bradley William McClanahan b. 1964
William was born in Drayton, Ontario. He attended Drayton Public School and Drayton High School. After graduation he worked on the family farm on the 10th of Peel township, Wellington county until the farm was sold in 1959. At this time he moved into Drayton and worked on construction during the summers and for the County of Wellington operating snow removal equipment during the winters until 1963.
Generation VI Parent
William Thomas McClanahan
Bill, Brad (on the hood), Wayne and Jean McClanahan in front of the new 1965 Volkswagen.
Left to right:
Bill and Jean McClanahan, Kathryn McClanahan,
Pam Schmidt, Wayne McClanahan,
Brad and Denise McClanahan at Christmas, 2004
(William T. McClanahan, Mar. 22, 2005)