Remembering Lester McClure: 'iconic member of the fire service community' |

Lester M. "Shop 1" McClure served more than 50 years with the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire.

McClure, 90, of Harrisburg, died June 28 in UPMC - Community General Osteopathic Hospital.

Les McClure at the Harrisburg Fire Department vehicle maintenance shop, 19th and Gibson streets, Harrisburg, 1994. McClure died June 28 at the age of 90. The Patriot-News He was a retired chief master mechanic for the City of Harrisburg - Bureau of Fire, known as "Shop 1." He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, having served on the USS Princeton; past commander and member of Harrisburg American Legion Post 27; past Dauphin County Commander - American Legion; past president of Harrisburg Midget Baseball and North League Midget Baseball Associations; inductee of the PA Sports Hall of Fame; past president of the former Reily Hose Company 10 - Harrisburg, and member of several local volunteer fire departments.

He was the widower of Shirley M. Morris McClure.

Surviving are a son, Michael S. McClure; three daughters, Sandra L. Smith, Catherine E. Harro and Leslie M. Colville; a brother, Willard L. McClure; two stepbrothers, Richard and Craig McClure; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

From his guest book:

"In every fire alarm, in every roll of duct tape I purchase, and in every moment of unadulterated joy, your legacy will live on. We weren't related by blood, but that seemed to mean nothing to you; because you were my Pappy, and I was your Layney, and in the end, that's all that mattered. I'll never forget your speeches on what it meant to have the "McClure spirit," on the importance of misbehaving, and on everything else. You will always be one of the greatest men I've had the honor of knowing. I love you Pappy Les."

-- Layne McClure, Penbrook

"Lester apparently never met a stranger and was loved by all of his fellow dialysis patients. If he was having a bad day, you never knew it. His spirit was unconquerable. A father figure to me, I can't begin to state, how much we will miss him. To the Harrisburg Fire Department, he loved you. Thank you for sending him off in style."

-- Reginald A. Guy Jr., Harrisburg

"Your father was a great man who impacted many lives. I enjoyed dropping in to talk to him and letting him know the influence he had on my life and others from an early age when he was our little league baseball coach."

-- Sam Notarangelo, Harrisburg

"With the passing of Les, his legend in the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire and numerous area volunteer fire companies will live on. I knew Les since my childhood days at the Reily Hose Co. No. 10 now housing the PA National Fire Museum. Les continued to visit the Reily Hose and will fondly be remembered by the Wagners as a friend, firefighter, and an iconic member of the fire service community.

Les is now in the care of the brotherhood of the grand fire service community beyond this earth.

To his family members, take heart in knowing that Les is treasure that will long be remembered. Rest in peace 'Shop 1.'

'Shop 1 is 10-98, 10-7 and 10-10.'"

-- John Wagner, Harrisburg

"What a great honor it is, when a man moves forward and leaves behind in each of us who remember him, the very best of what he was. No one has EVER left a better legacy and we are humbled by your life. We will also never forget because you now reside forever in our hearts. Lester, thanks for all the memories in the past 45 years, they'll always bring a smile to heart."

-- Carmen McClure, Penbrook

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