Gary was born the son of the late Eleanor (Higgins) and Lyle McClenning on August 21, 1942, in Keene. He graduated from Toms River High School in Toms River New Jersey, Class of 1961.
Gary was in a committed long-term relationship with Louise A. Bronson of Westmoreland. They have been inseparable for the past seven years. Their love for each other was true and unwavering.
Gary served as Head Custodian at the Keene Library for twenty-eight years before retiring in 2004. Gary also had an Auction and Flea Market business for many years.
He enjoyed going to flea markets where he would purchase old farm equipment. On many a weekend he could be found operating his flea market booth in Wilmington, VT. Time was spent watching the birds and picking tomatoes from his garden. Gary especially enjoyed dancing and was always up for a trip to Saratoga Springs Racetrack. Gary was a fun and loving man, optimistic, quick with a laugh and up until the end never lost his sense of humor. His eyes twinkled with his absolute love of life, Gary loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, friends, family, and his love Louise. He enjoyed throwing parties for his friends at his home. Gary was wonderful with Louise’s children and family and made them feel welcome and loved. Winters he spent in Punta Gorda, Florida where he enjoyed the sun and the water and the music.
Mr. McClenning is survived by his love, Louise A. Bronson of Westmoreland, his children: Michael K. Kirk of Watertown, NY. Debbie McClenning of Baltimore, MD. Thomas Marshall McClenning of Hadley, MA. and Serena Marshall of Keene. A brother, Ronald McClenning and his wife Susan of Billings, MT. In addition he leaves seven grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
In keeping with Gary’s wishes there are no calling hours. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11am. in the funeral chapel. Burial will take place in the spring in the family lot at South Village Cemetery in Westmoreland. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family, honoring Gary’s wishes, would prefer donations be made in memory of Gary L. McClenning to: Westmoreland Fire and Rescue, Rt. 63, Westmoreland, NH. 03467. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431