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IN REMEMBRANCE

October 6 1966 to May 23 2024

Dates of service

January 2007
to
May 2024

Steve may not be with us anymore but his legacy lives on. He adored his wife, Serica, children Selina and Kara, and his mother Ivy, and was so proud of them. Our hearts are saddened by his loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Steve joined West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) in 2007, being posted to Ward End Green Watch as a probationary firefighter who was loved by everyone. He went on to serve at Organisational Learning & People Development (OL&PD) in the Breathing Apparatus team, teaching almost everyone at some point, with his huge smile and encouragement helping hundreds through their assessments.

Interactions with people were always at the forefront for Steve and during this time he became Handsworth Fire Cadet Leader giving his time in the support of young people. His work with young people extended to supporting the local community through working closely with some of the most troubled children at the East Birmingham Network.

While working in OL&PD, Steve took on the role of Exercise Co-ordinator working closely with the Service Peer Assessment (SPA) team, taking practical assessments to another level. He completed his service to his community within the SPA team, continuing to ensure he supported and developed others.

Steve had the most incredible smile that would light up any room he was in, his amazing spirit and love of life touched us all, and there will never be another like him.

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A photo of Watch Manager Stephen McLean smiling in a restaurant.

Watch Manager

Stephen McLean

6 October 1966 - 23 May 2024

Dates of service

January 2007 to May 2024

Serving locations

Ward End Green Watch
Organisational Learning and People Development - Breathing Apparatus Team
Organisational Learning and People Development - Team Leader Core Skills
Handsworth Fire Cadet Leader
Service Peer Assessment Team

Steve may not be with us anymore but his legacy lives on. He adored his wife, Serica, children Selina and Kara, and his mother Ivy, and was so proud of them. Our hearts are saddened by his loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Steve joined West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) in 2007, being posted to Ward End Green Watch as a probationary firefighter who was loved by everyone. He went on to serve at Organisational Learning & People Development (OL&PD) in the Breathing Apparatus team, teaching almost everyone at some point, with his huge smile and encouragement helping hundreds through their assessments.

Interactions with people were always at the forefront for Steve and during this time he became Handsworth Fire Cadet Leader giving his time in the support of young people. His work with young people extended to supporting the local community through working closely with some of the most troubled children at the East Birmingham Network.

While working in OL&PD, Steve took on the role of Exercise Co-ordinator working closely with the Service Peer Assessment (SPA) team, taking practical assessments to another level. He completed his service to his community within the SPA team, continuing to ensure he supported and developed others.

Steve had the most incredible smile that would light up any room he was in, his amazing spirit and love of life touched us all, and there will never be another like him.

Please take comfort from leaving your own message, or by reading those of others.

Daniel Ward
From
West Midlands Fire Service

We are who we are

We know who we are

We do not apologise

For who We are!

We lead from the front

And shine a light for those who follow

We have two ears but one mouth

So listen!

When We are together

We can make it work





Rest in peace brother

Liam Sinnett
From
West Midlands Fire Service

Steve,



The first time we met you were my BA instructor at training school. You always went the extra mile for anyone and lit up the room with your famous smile. It was a pleasure to work with you on occasion and there was never a dull moment. Your knowledge of the job and style of teaching was unmatched. Fortunately, I got the opportunity to share a drink with you at a colleague's leaving do only a few months ago and you were the life of the room as usual. When I received the terrible and unexpected news I was completely shattered as so many will have been.



You will be truly missed as a friend and well respected colleague.



Sending love to you and your family at this challenging time. Rest in peace big man x

Omar Afridi
From
WMFS

One of the nicest people that I have been lucky enough to meet and work with. Always smiling, always laughing, never a bad thing to say about anyone. Total legend.



Rest easy Steve.

Paul McLean
From
WMFS

Steve was my course director and lead BA instructor at training school. He was an absolute top bloke who had a very infectious smile. A gentle giant, the guru of all things BA and was always on hand whenever you needed him, for whatever reason, and was somebody who I, amongst many other people within the Brigade, looked up to.



Due to sharing the same surname, we often joked about being related when at training school, always brought out a laugh.



Whilst no words will ever bring back such a great man, I sincerely hope his family and friends find comfort in all the heartfelt messages that everybody leaving, and know that his legacy will always live on in those who knew him.



He was a big man with a big heart who would stop at nothing to help somebody.



God Bless, rest in peace big fella.



From the other McLean

Shannan
From
WMFS

I only met Steve a handful of times but that was more than enough to leave an impression. A man with a blinding smile, face full of cheer and always a kind word to offer. He gave me some warm and thought provoking advice the last time I saw him, which left me laughing and cheered me right up.



His departure is far too soon and the world will certainly be a darker place for it. RIP and sending all my love to Steve's family who, I hope don't mind me saying, were truly lucky to have had such a wonderful and genuine man in their lives. May he live on forever in your memories x

jonathan costello

Steve I just want to thank you for the long chats throughout training school and the uplifting advice you gave.

every bad situation you seemed to turn into a positive. you will be deeply missed but I will always look back and remember that cheeky mischievous smile you always had.



miss you big man sleep easy. x

Kieron McGinn

Steve



The most humblest, warmest and kindest person I've had the honour of knowing. Always quick with that beaming smile and always followed with a hug. I will miss both.



So sad to loose you fella, rest in peace brother.



My sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to your family, who I know are your greatest pride.

Andrina Allen

It seems to have taken me forever to find the words, you were such a kind and gentle man who adored your family who meant the world to you. You were so proud of Serica, your talented daughters and mom, talking about them at every opportunity. From your mom getting in a hot tub and you having to leave the SPA early as it had affected her blood pressure, and your daughter going on her first holiday with her boyfriend and you the protective dad.



My lasting memory will be a SPA where we did a quiz, one of the answers was Bohemian Rhapsody and you burst into song. The crew and I thought you were going to sing a few lines; you had other ideas and even when we said enough you just beamed and carried on. This song will always bring back memories of you.



My condolences to Serica and your lovely family



RIEP Steve x

Paul Orme

Steve



The amount of sentiment and outpouring of emotion is a true testament of how much of a well-respected individual you were. Calm, friendly, measured, honest, infectious. You always found the right words and way to engage with everyone with whom you came in to contact. You always acted with the upmost integrity; a true gentleman and you will be sorely missed.



Rest easy my friend.

Antony Dixon
From
West Midlands Fire Service

Steve,

Whenever we met, we immediately burst into laughter.

An inspiration, and loved by everyone, the person we should all aspire to be.

Rest easy my friend.

Samuel Bailey

Steve,



You left an impression with everyone you met.

Top bloke, top gaffa and all around awesome human.

You will be missed my friend.

Alanna Anderson

I can honestly say I don't think I have ever met a more kind hearted gentleman. He was so lovely and genuine. It was clear he was loved by all and has left behind the memories of a legend. I am truly saddened by Steve's passing and my heart goes out to Serica and the rest of the family and friends. RIP Steve xx

Aimal Khan
From
WMFS

Steve,



The legend, an all round great guy, I'll never forget your wise words when I first met you in 2018, your words will stay with me forever. Thank you for everything, you're truly missed. "Keep smiling"

Sam Blanche
From
West Midlands Fire Service

Steve,



What a man you are, the epitome of kindness, positivity and a true gentleman. Not once did we ever share a conversation where you were not beaming with an infectious smile. You were never lost for words, but the news of your passing I’m sorry to say, has left me truly speechless. Steve you have left the biggest hole in all our hearts, but the impact you had on us all will be forever remembered. As a friend has already said, if we can be anything in this life, be more like Steve. You will be truly missed and I will be forever grateful that I was blessed with your friendship, thank you mate.



One last hug brother, it’s time to rest. Sending the biggest love to you and your family xxx

kay hadley
From
WMFS

Well Steve, I only got to meet you a few times here at Smethwick but I thought what a kind, calm, lovely man you were! You definitely made an impression on me. I'm grateful to have had those brief moments with you just sharing and chatting about life, but so sad we shall not meet again.

Sean Yeardley

Steve, I don't know where to even begin. You were such a beacon of happiness to everyone you met, Such a wonderful, kind man, who would greet everyone with a smile and a firm handshake (with the biggest hands I have ever seen I might add). You will be missed by a staggeringly huge number of people.



Anyone who knew Steve would have known that his family was at the heart of everything he did. Family was everything to him. I cant begin to understand the loss you must all feel. I send you all my deepest condolences.

Patricia Beckford - Gordon

Deeply saddened by the news of Stephen’s passing. Deepest condolences to you Serica and all of the McLean family



Patricia and Family

Audrey Dinley

We are so shocked by your passing. People say that God takes the best ones first and this is certainly true. You were such a genuine lovely guy and will be sadly missed.



Rest in peace Steve



Audrey, Paul, Isabella and Dexter xxxx

Clive Beckford

Steve.

You were a true gentleman who is loved by his wife and his family.

You are going to be missed by all.

Rest well

Clive and Jane

Ella Warden
From
West Midlands Fire & Rescue Service

Steve

I am so lost for words.

There are so many stories and so many discussions we have shared with each other.

You are and will always be in my memory as a Gentle, Passionate, Caring, Professional, Proud and Friend

I will miss the hugs even though I don't hug and the infectious smile you left me after our catch ups.

Love you big guy.x

Jonah Jones

I have known Steve for nearly 40 years and during that time, we became very close friends. I am still in shock since receiving the news of his passing. He was one of the most genuine and honest person anyone could have met. My wife Ann and my entire family will miss that great big smile and can't believe we won't see him again. Our condolences to his wife Serica, daughters Seilina & Kara and the rest of the family. Rest in peace Steve.

Paul Richards
From
wmfs

Steve

I can't believe I'm not going to bump into you anymore and get a BIG smile and a hand shake off you. from your first days working with you and later getting BA training off you, these days put a smile on my face as i knew these were going to be good days. I'm proud to be able to call you a friend and thankful that i got to tell you to your face that you are one of the nicest most genuine people you could ever meet. This news hit me hard my thoughts and love are with you and your family



R.I.P Steve



Paul Richards A6 Red watch

Ian Linford

A tragic loss

One of the strongest, kindest & calmest guys you could ever meet. A leader, a teacher, an inspiration to many and a role model to more. One of the (Best) good guys.

Proud to have known you. Blessed to have called you a friend.

Rest easy Big Man

Taken way too soon

May your loved ones find the strength & support to find a way through x

dell haughton
From
wmfs

Steve

A wonderful human being with a beautiful soul an incredible person where nothing was ever too much for you. We all learnt so much from you whether it be in BA training or a SPA visit and without doubt your legacy will live on. Always had time for anyone with your big smile the first thing you notice.



Thoughts are with your family and friends



RIP Steve you will be missed by so many



Dell

Claudette Williamson

So sorry that you have had to go through the pain of losing a loved one. You and his daughters are in our thoughts and prayers. Take comfort in the beautiful memories you have. Love Claudette, Colly and Uncle Liston ❤ Rest in peace Stephen.

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