‘He’d do a lot of things for everybody’
TONICA — He was a respected engineer, gave clinics on fly-fishing, was active in his parish and still carved out time to put out fires in Tonica and drive an ambulance.
Tonica firefighters and EMTs gathered to salute Terrence “Terry” McCleary as he was transported into a hearse from his Tonica home, where he succumbed May 14 to cancer. He was 53.
“He was just a great guy,” said Rick Turri, Tonica’s deputy chief of training and public information officer. “He’d do a lot of things for everybody.”
McCleary wore many hats and will be remembered in construction circles for his work with McCleary Engineering. McCleary served as chief engineer with 28 years experience in construction and geotechnical engineering experience.
Licensed in seven states, McCleary was a recognized authority on abutment design, piling and pavement rehabilitation, among other subspecialties.
Busy though as he was in his career, he was a long-serving member of the Tonica Volunteer Fire Department.
“Terry McCleary served admirably on our department for over 18 years from August of 2000 until retiring in June of 2019 and was given honorary member status,” Tonica firefighters said in a social media posting.
“Terry held seats on various committees throughout the years and as a board of director for a number of years. Within that time frame, he left his mark on our department as well as our community for years to come.
“Rest easy, Terry, we have it from here.”
Arrangements are through Hurst Funeral Home, Tonica.