Obituary of Gerald Coy McClain
Gerald Coy (Bud) McClain 93 years of age passed away Dec. 12 at Ruby Memorial Hospital. He was born to Asa McClain and Bonnie Leona Maier McClain. His parents preceded him in death along with his only sister Nona Chapman. He is survived by his loving wife Jeannine Pearl Griffin McClain of 67 years, two sons Stephen McClain (Sherry McClain) and Mark McClain and two grandsons Ben McClain and Shane McClain. He is also survived by three nieces Nancy, Cheryl and Karen Chapman. Bud was no stranger to hard work and started his illustrious work career as a kid in the Board Oaks section of Clarksburg as a paper carrier for the Exponent - Telegram, lawn mowing and numerous projects for neighbors. He graduated from Washington Irving High School and enlisted in the Navy straight out of high school with two stents in the Navy. He attended WVU in engineering and participated in the WVU band and later attended the Horological Watch Making School in Pittsburgh. He put his education to work, working in a jewelry store repairing watches and later got the opportunity to get is foot in the door with the Hope / CNG Gas company which ended with 33 years of dedicated service as a draftsman and corrosion technician. His love of work never ended as he considered himself a "Jack of all trades and Master of none but often a Master of more than One". His in the evening moonlighting lead him into home improvement projects for his mother, neighbors and on his own home. He was considered by some as the Mayor of Glen Ave. in Bridgeport as he knew when every house was built on the street as well as the contractor that built them. During the winter months he moonlighted repairing watches and clocks for friends, family and church members. His retirement did not lend itself to relaxation but brought on more projects supervising and acting as the head carpenter and supervisor of both his son's homes. His love of work was his pride and joy with a "no quit" and "can do" attitude which was instilled into both of his sons and grandsons. Outside of all his work he enjoyed spending time with his family as well as his four border collies over the years and mall walking buddies. He took great pride in spending time with and mentoring his two grandsons. He was an avid fan of Bridgeport Indians sports and was the first member and what became a great group of fine young men called the "Friday Night Fraternity" (One last shout for dad... "ROLL TRIBE!!!). His fan support also followed his alma mater following and attending WVU sporting events. Bud was a dedicated Christian man as a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church singing in the choir and participating in the Methodist men’s group. His dedication to the church also involved many projects for the church as well as assisting with the summertime youth bible school programs. Bud was a member of the Masonic Lodge and 32nd degree mason. He will always be remembered as the best husband, father and grandfather with his quick-witted sayings and know no stranger personality. There was never a project to small or to large, his generosity to help and serve others will never be forgotten. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a private service will be celebrated at a later date. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com. The McClain family has entrusted the care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridge
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a private service will be celebrated at a later date.