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Burket-Truby Funeral Home of Oakmont

McLay, Richard C.

Richard C. McLay, 83, of Monroeville, was released from the bonds of Alzheimer’s Disease on Dec. 16, by COVID-19, the scourge of 2020. And though sadness and decline marked the end of his life, he will be remembered by everyone who loved him as strong, kind and loving. He was born on November 25, 1937 to Catherine and John McLay, at home in Braddock, PA but soon moved to the farm where he was raised on Northern Pike in Monroeville, which eventually became the site of the now-closed Westinghouse Electric Co. As he grew up on the farm, Richard discovered his love of horses and trained himself to barrel race his beloved paint Clown and competed in the sport at area rodeos in the 1950s. Strong from the tasks of farming, he used his physical prowess to wrestle at Turtle Creek High School. Wrestling was a winter sport, open to Richard because farm work slowed during that time. After graduation he became an over-the-road truck driver and married Kathleen Gallagher in 1960. They moved from the farm to a home on Haymaker Road and raised their children, Rita and James, in Monroeville. Richard soon realized trucking kept him from his family and began working at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co. in East Pittsburgh, where he became a pattern maker and rose through his local American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), becoming a leader in the local labor movement. His real love, however, was hunting and shooting, a sport he began as a youngster on the farm and continued throughout his life. Richard surrounded himself with friends and family who either loved the sport of hunting or learned to love it through him. He taught his children to love the outdoors and hunting, shooting and fishing and his respect for the sport led him to become a Pennsylvania Hunter Safety instructor. As an instructor, he taught many young people to safely enjoy the sport of hunting. “You only make one mistake with a gun,” he would say. Known to his friends as “Big Mac”, he was very active in the leadership and activities at Renton Rod and Gun Club in Plum Borough and the Nowrytown Sportsmen’s Club near Saltsburg in Indiana County. An avid outdoorsman, hunting, dog training, fishing and camping kept him active and fit throughout his life. He was key to introducing others to the sport, especially his son’s friend, Mark Mancini, and his son-in-law, James Michel. Richard is survived by his wife, Kathy, and his children, Rita Michel (James Michel) of Indiana Township and James McLay (Sandra McLay) of Penn Township. He taught them all to love and respect the woods and hunting, passing this love to his grandchildren: Rachel Hetrick (James Hetrick), Jimmy Michel, Jessica Michel and Maura McLay. They all bagged deer tracked and moved by their grandfather. The love of nature and the outdoors will undoubtedly be passed to his great granddaughter, Mary Hetrick by her mother and aunt and uncle. During this time of caution and social distancing, visitation has been replaced with care and interment by BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. of Oakmont and an outdoor graveside service. Richard will be laid to rest among his family at Cross Roads Cemetery in Monroeville. He will be carried to his resting place by his loving family members and prayed home to Jesus by those he loved: Those who can be present and others watching virtually.