On Oct. 4, 2012, the towns of Burlington and Shelburne mourn the death of Earl Sterling McLean. He died peacefully in his sleep with his partner, Doris Saville, by his side. Mr. McLean was born June 22, 1921, in Somers, Conn., at the family farm built in 1879. He was an avid skier and received his first pair of downhill skis in 1946. He skied until he was 76. He grew up in the Great Depression on the family farm and his family’s large garden provided for them well. He served in the Philippines during W.W.II. He married Shirley Metcalf on Jan. 10, 1953 and they had a wonderful life together. Shirley Metcalf McLean passed away in February 1995. He graduated from Rockville High School, Rockville, Conn., in 1939. He was selected to go to the University of Kentucky by the Army for basic engineering in 1943. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1947, with a B.S. degree in printing management. He retired as vice president of Lane Press at the age of 65. He volunteered at the Ethan Allen Homestead with Doris Saville, his partner since 1996. They spent winters in Bradenton, Fla., summers in South Burlington, and most recently lived at Shelburne Bay in Shelburne. He leaves behind his beloved partner, Doris Saville, and her family, Wendy Saville and Tom Clavelle, and their children, Tyler and Kasey, and Kevin Saville and wife, Marcie Saville, of Shelburne.