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Andrew (Drew) McLean 1972 – 2021

Posted By Erin Saunders On November 19, 2021 @ 12:11 pm In Obituaries | 12 Comments

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We are devastated to share the news that our beloved partner, father, son and friend, Andrew (Drew) McLean died suddenly on November 8, 2021.

Drew is survived by his loving spouse, Dione Bruno.  Together for almost 20 years, they raised their wonderful children and have more beautiful memories together than many would in twice as many years.  Drew is also survived by his beloved four children: Jessica, Michael Bruno (Amanda), Brandon Bruno and Cassia McLean, grand-sons Ryley and Kohen Connolly, his devoted parents, Edith and Barry McLeod, Joan Thorniley and his brothers, Brian McLean, James McLeod (Twyla) and Scott Thorniley.  He is also survived by his uncles Alex (Lorraine), Arnie (Sharon), Eric (Cathy) and Jim (Julie) Armstrong, aunt Carol McLean, God-Parents John and Chris Roberts and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Drew was predeceased by his father, Kenneth McLean, his father-in-law Stewart Thorniley and his uncles John and Richard McLean, grandparents, John and Jessica McLean and Arnie and Joyce Armstrong.

As many knew, Drew had friends that were his “family of choice” as well.  Dan ‘Dano’ Robertson (Austin), Nicole Rodgers and Trevor Highland (Grey and Callie), Nathan ‘Newf’ Bullen and Melanie Sangster (Thomas),  ‘Old Man’ Dan and Nicky Jonsson (Trevor, Allie, Tanner and Brianna) and Keith and Melissa Campbell are bereft at this great loss.
The list is endless because there are so many he considered family of choice.

Drew was born and raised in Kamloops and graduated from Kam Hi in 1990. From a young age, Drew’s love of family, music, movies and sports was clear to all who knew him; his life was always true to those passions.  Never daunted by not being able to do something, Drew tried it all: soccer, bowling, street hockey, karate and baseball.  His mom was an early baseball coach of his, which perhaps instilled in him his lifelong love of playing slo-pitch.  Eventually, when unable to play, he took his rightful place on 3rd base.  Drew also attended Sunnybrae for many years and as a cadet.  Drew took the accounting program, at what was then Cariboo College, and tried out different professions before being trained as a barber by his stepfather in 2001 which led to him buying Fortune Barbershop, which he owned and managed for many years. 

When Drew set his mind to something, there was nothing that was going to stop him. This is how Kammerce Promotions was born. His love of music was where it started and he spent countless hours growing his dream. Drew had a lasting and immeasurable impact on the arts community in Kamloops, from booking talent through Kammerce Promotions and MPRO4, bringing musical acts to smaller and larger venues.  He put Kamloops on the map as a standup comedy destination, beginning with the Fresh is Best Comedy nights and culminating with Kamloops Comedy Fest.  Seeing the arts community flourish was one of his biggest goals. His dream was to have a stage to bring arts to the people, be it music, comedy or something else, which led to his latest adventure The Effie Arts Collection. Every entertainer he worked with he treated with respect and honor, whether they were seasoned or just starting out. Countless testimonials from performers can be seen on his Facebook wall.

Family was number one with Drew, with music/sports and movies all vying for 2nd place.  Many knew Drew through the sporting community where he had many roles;  from working as an off-ice official for the Kamloops Blazers in his younger years to running the Westsyde Funleagers Slo-Pitch league with Nicole and working tirelessly to see Tournament Capital Ranch be the destination it is for world class softball.  Some of his proudest roles were as the coach of his Mayhem/Men’s/Alpha teams and running the Freddie’s Tournament in honor of the late Fred Nicolson for KidSport.

Drew’s love for his family was well known and will never be forgotten.  Family trips to Disneyland, Los Cabos and special canoe trips to Myrtle Lake were highlights and no place was more special to him than being with them all.  His family has lost their biggest supporter and source of strength and they will forever be grateful for having him in their lives.

Drew is mortified that all this attention is being paid to him.  He doesn’t know if this somehow means he will be eating first at dinner (gasp!) and please, stop pointing!

A small, family only service will be held on December 5, 2021.
A large, all-are-welcome celebration will be held at Dick Hart Park in Heffley Creek on December 11, 2021 at 1 p.m.  Any updates will be posted on the Facebook Invitation page Celebration of Life for Drew McLean.

A go fund me account has been set up for Drew’s family, with anything not required to offset his final expenses going towards a scholarship, something he would love to leave as a legacy as education was very important to him.

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Condolence from Barry S on November 19th, 2021 1:18 pm

Our businesses started separately within weeks of each other. We supported and assisted each other with it since 2010. Then the birthday 10 days apart…I always respected u as my elder LMAO. The heart was larger than the man. I will always remember every minute!

Condolence from Angie Hammond on November 19th, 2021 1:30 pm

My deepest sympathies to Dionne and family. Drew was an awesome person.

Condolence from Paige Mathison on November 19th, 2021 1:32 pm

I couldn’t thank Drew enough for the opportunities he presented me for Comedy and the kindness he shared in every interaction. His positive contributions to my life won’t be forgotten. Sending well wishes during this time of heaviness and healing.

Condolence from Tina Hammer on November 19th, 2021 1:45 pm

You, fine sir will be missed by many. You were an amazing man my friend. Sending huge hugs and so much love to Dione, Cassia, Michael, Brandon and the rest of your family and friends. Love you Drew forever and always ❤

Condolence from Trevor Robinson on November 19th, 2021 2:09 pm

Drew, always had a smile and puns at the field. I haven’t been around Kamloops for too long, yet he was definitely a shining diamond out on the fields. Will be looking forward to your presence every time on the field

Condolence from Rob Klein on November 19th, 2021 2:43 pm

Sad to hear and definit Condolences to all freinds and Family. Kamloops slowpitch has lost another great guy. Always a pleasure to be around.. till we meet again Drew .. BEERS UP!!

Condolence from Ken Hartt on November 19th, 2021 3:07 pm

I was saddened to here that Drew is no longer with us, but I am glad to have been part of his life. He was a true friend and my heart breaks for Dione and Cassia and family and to Edith and Barry and all their family. I loved spending time on the ball field with the two D’S and being able to travel to Disneyland with our crew during the day. Always laughing and always fun to be around. I can’t imagine the hole he has left for all of you but I send you the best thoughts from my family to all of yours with love.

RIP my friend
Ken and Kelly Hartt

Condolence from Curt Schindler on November 19th, 2021 3:31 pm

My condolences to Drew’s family. Such a great guy. Got to see alot of amazing artists because of this man!

Condolence from Linda McLean on November 19th, 2021 6:54 pm

My nephew, Kenneth Andrew, was a baby at the wedding of his uncle John and me. I’ve sent my condolences to his mom, my sister-in-law from long ago. But I want to share this note with people here, because before he became the wonderful man you all know, he was a funny, skinny, energetic little boy who always made faces when his uncle took his picture. Who in his delightful innocence flew around the living room naked after a bath, with his towel Superman cape flying out behind him. Who at 10 came with Brian to stay with us in Kelowna and tried to peek around my hands that I’d quickly reached over into the back seat to cover his eyes with — we took them to the drive-in to see James Bond’s “Octopussy,” not realizing what an education they were about to receive without their parents’ approval! Whose saucer eyes and giant smile couldn’t believe it when, just getting his drivers licence, his uncle handed him the keys to the Celica and said, Take it for a spin. After his uncle’s death, we’d lost touch which is the way it goes with different generations and living far away. It was such a shock to hear of his death, so young for what would be a health issue at my age not his, so wrong to have a full life cut short too soon, so unfair to his family not to have him in their lives any longer. And that’s why it’s so important to make and store wonderful memories when we’re young, so we will remember with gratitude and love the times we have with those who come in and out of our lives. Auntie Linda

Condolence from Tina Quigley Genier on November 20th, 2021 5:49 am

From the first time I met him at the moose hall to hanging out at the ball field I knew him as a friend that could always make me smile and laugh. His humor, his charm, his give you the shirt off his back, were just a few of his great characteristics.
You gave so much to the world and the world will truly miss you each and every day. Rest In Peace my friend. You will be thought of often as you left a great mark on this earth.
Hugs and well wishes to the family. You are in our thoughts.
Tina & Dave Genier

Condolence from Nicole & Barrie Clarke on November 20th, 2021 8:22 am

Drew was one of a kind. Genuine, caring, funny and full of endless energy. He has left an incredible legacy that will never be forgotten. Thank you to his parents for raising such an amazing person who made an impact on so many. Never to be forgotten. RIP Drew

Condolence from Verna and Oscar Cameron on December 5th, 2021 11:51 am

Our deepest condolences to the Bruno, McLean and McLeod families.
Andrew was a very special man and we got a chuckle at his quick wit on the occasions we had to socialize with him. Thinking of you all today and feeling your loss. “Keep your face always towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.”
Love Verna and Oscar Cameron

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