Emmanuel H. R. “Motto” McLean

Emmanuel H. R. “Motto” McLean

December 26, 1925 – July 10, 2019

Preceded in death by wife, Dorothy M. McLean; eight siblings.  Survived by children: Jeff McLean (Kae), Bonnie Allington (John), and Guyle McLean (Mary Sindelar); grandsons: Jeff, Brandon, and Chase; great-grandchildren: Bailey, Tria, and Kylee; many step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, and friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 14th from 2pm to 6pm at the West Center Chapel.  SERVICES: Monday, July 15th at 10:30am, West Center Chapel.  Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Omaha Youth Hockey.



  • Darrin and Dawn Lieber Posted July 11, 2019 9:01 am

    Thinking of your family during this very difficult time. He was a really great man, I will never forget the story of the prayer card in his wallet that my grandma Genevieve Schneider gave him. She would always squeeze his hand, and he mentioned that little lady had a strong squeeze for how little she was.

  • Todd Morton Posted July 11, 2019 1:03 pm

    Motto McLean was and IS a True Legend and a man who took boys and developed and mentored them into men who became great Fathers. He is a lovely man with a fun loving spirit of joy and generosity that we will continue to carry and reflect to others in our lives going forward for sure. He is a True Blessing and a gift from God to all of the lives that he has touched and inspired!!

  • Monica & Mike Gryskiewicz Posted July 11, 2019 2:50 pm

    SO very sorry to hear the news of Motto”s passing. Our thoughs and prayers go out to his family. He was a great man, certainly one of a kind, a very loving and giving person. We feel so blessed to have known him. Did So much for Youth Hockey and son Todd Morton. Monica & Mike Gryskiewicz

  • Ron Hoffman Posted July 11, 2019 3:36 pm

    On behalf of the entire Hoffman family, I want to extend our sincere condolences to the McLean family! Motto inspired and enriched the lives of thousands of young hockey players in Omaha. Many of us were afforded opportunities to play hockey at levels un-imagined many decades ago before Motto and his dedicated associates helped put Omaha Youth Hockey.on the regional and national map! We will be forever grateful to Motto!

  • jack wood Posted July 11, 2019 6:44 pm

    everyone in rhe hockey community knew and revered Motto. We were all blessed to have him here and dedicate, basically, his whole life to Omaha Hockey and be the inspiration that he was to so many of us. Personally, it was a great pleasure to learn so much from him, and to become teammates and friends with his children! Our sincere condolences to Jeff, Bonnie, Guyle and their families. We WILL ALL REMEMBER YOUR DAD WITH A SMILE.

  • Linda McFadyen (McLean) Posted July 12, 2019 8:58 am

    Thank you for letting the Canadian. Cousins know of Uncle Motto’s passing. Our deepest condolences to the family. I have very fond memories of his visits to Flin Flon and following the Bombers the year he coached in Flin Flon. During his last trips to Flin Flon he visited my dad (John) at the nursing home
    daily. Omaha was very lucky to have your family settle there and will have some great memories as will you of your dad.

  • Tom Steinmeyer Posted July 12, 2019 10:27 am

    Motto was a great guy. I was his neighbor and he was a great neighbor. He welcomed my wife and I with a house warming gift when we moved in, he invited us to the yearly street picnic before we even bought the house. He would sing an Irish song at the end of each block party. He would take our garbage cans from the street to the house each week. At times I would go over to his house and he would talk about his life in Canada and in the navy in WWII. We would take him soup and it reminded him of home, he said his dad came home one day and walked in and it was 55 below zero. He told of how he named his son after a player he always assisted the puck Guyle and told of how when he played in Detroit and how Gordie Howe after practice would come and talk to the guys. He always went for walked and called me Tommy and then after the conversation give me a slap on the shoulder. Will always remember our good neighbor. Rest in peace.

  • Greg and Rebecca Banks Posted July 12, 2019 7:32 pm

    He was my 2nd DAD!!???? 0H MOTTO hug Dorothy and Mom. You touched and are loved by so many???? You will be deeply missed ???? HUGS ???????? ????

  • Larry and Janet Beam Posted July 13, 2019 6:31 am

    We extend condolences to the McLean family. Motto is a very special man. He loved hockey. He loved the kids. He taught hockey in a positive and special way. Our two sons both played for Motto. We saw him in game and practice situations. He was always positive. Thanks Motto for your involvement in our sons younger lives. Thanks for your gifts to the hockey world and Omaha youth hockey. Motto always had a story to tell while sitting in the hallways of a hotel on a hockey trip. I still hear his laughter. Fun man and he genuinely cared for the kids. He will always be remembered well. Thanks Motto as you are a tremendous man of hockey and Omaha.

  • Mary Render Posted July 14, 2019 9:23 am

    My sympathy to the McLean family. I met Motto and Dorothy 38 years ago through my job at that time. Motto and my dad John Cupich, worked together at Aksarben back when they were very young men. Motto told me the story of him and my dad sneaking a beer after their shift and sitting under the bleachers to drink it.

  • Dave Morinville Posted July 14, 2019 10:26 am

    Sorry to about Motto’s passing from his good friend Mike Vlassakis. Motto was Mr. Hockey of Omaha, true in all off his passion for Omaha Hockey. When I came to Omaha to coach the Lancers Motto was so helpful, always willing to do anything to help the myself, the Lancers & Omaha hockey. Such a big heart, full of life, and a true character. Always loved a cigar after a win !! I will always be grateful for all of Motto’s help and wisdom. Rest In Peace my friend

  • Michael segobia Posted June 29, 2022 3:28 pm

    Coach mclean an jake Forbes coached me along with Jeff his son.wonderful man, great respect for mr.mclean, I have been in atlanta,ga. Just found out of his passing. God Bless you sir along with Jeff am the family. Respectfully yours. -MJ segobia

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