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Richard E. McCleary

Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM & Friday, September 9, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Friday, September 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home


Richard (Dick/Mac) E. McCleary passed away on August 29, 2022.  Born in Hagerstown, MD on January 3, 1944, Dick was the son of the late Isabelle Louise and Samuel Jacob McCleary. 

As a life-long entrepreneur, Dick ran successful businesses for over 55 years.  He began his career as the owner/operator of Richard McCleary Custom Build Homes, where he earned a reputation for quality and detail.  Many of the fine homes he built can be found in Hagerstown and the surrounding area.  He expanded into Residential Development and, as the owner of McCleary and Earley, he developed many Business Parks, numerous Government Office Buildings for the IRS, US Coast Guard, Social Security Administration and USDA.  He also developed warehouses for major companies like Pepsi-Cola, Fairchild Industries and CertainTeed.  Dick owned the Miller Lumber Company for over 40 years, a company that was in operation for more than 140 years.

Dick was a graduate of North Hagerstown High School.  During his long and distinguished career, he served on many boards, including; Blue Ridge Bank, St. James School, Hagerstown Boy Scouts, the Hagerstown branch of the American Red Cross, Maryland Black Rock Golf Course and Fountain Head Country Club.  While all of these organizations were important to Dick, perhaps most dear to his heart was his long service with the Hagerstown Housing Authority.  Dick was one of two board members of the Hagerstown Housing Authority honored with the naming of McCleary Hill, a new residential community.

Dick enriched so many lives with his generosity and kindness.  He was a visionary and could always see a way to make things better.  No one was a more devoted son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend.

Dick is survived by his loving wife Mary Pat; daughters Tracy Lynne McCleary and Marcie Ann McCleary; step-son Brian Klick (Caroline); Grandsons Benjiman McCleary Schindel (Samantha) and Coulter Michael; Granddaughter Kaitlyn Klick; Great Grandsons Wesson Schindel and Wyatt Schindel; sister Darlene Semler (Joe); a special nephew Jeff Semler; Mother and Father-In-Law Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Mace, Sr.; Brothers and Sisters-In-Law Joseph Mace, Jr. (Barbara), Tim Mace (Bobbi), Andrew Mace (Raman), Carol Cuddihy (Glenn), Anne Boley (Michael), Linda Rosenberg (Ryan); Nieces and Nephews; and his very special fur friend “Buddy.” He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara McCleary Zeger.

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home located at 1331 Eastern Boulevard North, Hagerstown,MD on Thursday, September 8 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, September 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  A short memorial service will follow immediately after.

Private interment will be at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation at 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997 or online at  The family is grateful for their kindness and care of Dick.

Online condolences may be expressed at 

Guest Book

I would like to express my gratitude to Mr.McCleary for his kindness and loving heart for all. As a young man, Mr.McCleary set an example for me to follow. “Work Hard-PlayHard”. I know he always loved all us kids because he always took time to ask how we were doing. He never sugar coated anything, but gave us guidance and direction in a way that we could relate to. I will carry his inspiration with me always and be sure to listen for his guidance because I am sure he is telling people as we speak how to make things better. With all my love to his family Love Mark Harne

Mark Harne
Greencastle , Pa

Sandra and I send condolences to Mary Pat and the Family. Fond memories of time spent on many golf trips together remain with me. Rest In Peace Dick.

Sandra and Charles McClure
Port Saint Lucie, FL

I am so very sorry about Dick’s passing. I am so grateful he walked Tracy down the aisle to me. He welcomed me to the family from day one. I know how wonderful he was especially because of how much he was loved

Tavis Willingham
Williamsport, MD

Dick was the only Dad I had from 2004 on.

joseph Michael
Boonsboro, MD

We were so sorry to hear the passing of Dick. He was in our high school graduating class. He will always be remembered as a nice and kind person. Sending love and prayers to the family and friends. John and Jean Harkrader

John and Jean Harkrader
Hagerstown, Maryland

MaryPat, I am so sorry for your loss. Blessings to you and your family. Paula

Paula Hurbanis Leaf
Hagerstown, MD

Funk Electric Service will also remember Richard { Dick } we always had a good working relationship did many project in the Try State area many memories , I'll never forget the time at the Stanford Air port parking lot when he raped on my window , you'll be missed ,Larry Funk.

Larry L Funk
Boonsboro, Md

Dick was a great businessman and community contributor. He built the first ballet school in the area over 30 years ago for my wife Ranelle Flurie. Mike Flurie

Michael Flurie
Hagerstown, MD

Tracy and Marcie, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved father. May he Rest In Peace. ~dianne Fridinger

Dianne Fridinger
Hagerstown, MD

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