Gail MacLean Allan, 77, of both Greenport and Glen Cove, died on May 1.
“Gaily” Allan, daughter of Robert and Anne MacLean of Tuckahoe, loving wife of the Reverend W. Cameron Allan of Glen Cove, passed away on May 1 at Stonybrook University Hospital.
She is survived/adored by her three sons Robert (Clare), Gordon (Lia) and David (Suzanne) Allan, as well as her nine grandchildren: Kevin, Chris, Jessica, Svea, Erica, Cameron, Kate, Antonella and Luigi. She is also survived by her brother, Sutherland MacLean (Rodina).
Mrs. Allan worked at LIU Post College in Brookville for more than 30 years as an administrative assistant for the biology department and for the dean of arts and sciences, and she retired as the executive assistant for the university president.
She so enjoyed both the challenges and excitement of the diverse role of a minister’s wife at three different Presbyterian churches, including Brewster, Scarsdale and Glen Cove, as well as the role of being a wonderful, loving mom to her three sons and also being a successful career woman. Some of her life’s highlights included camping adventures in every state in the nation, European and Middle Eastern travels, gardening, sailing (Hempstead Harbour Club), renovating the family’s 1905 Glen Cove Carriage House, as well as earning both her bachelors (1986) and masters (1993) degrees in History at LIU Post. She enjoyed wintering with her family and friends in warm climates including Jensen Beach, FL, and the Cayman Islands, as well as summering in Cape Cod. Long after her husband’s death, Gail rekindled an old childhood flame with a lifelong friend, Ken Kramer of Barnstable, MA, and they spent six years exploring, via trailer, the Northeastern United States, including Maine and Newfoundland, until Ken’s death in 2009.
She enjoyed the final three years of her life living at Paconic Landing in Greenport, thriving in and enjoying the facility’s many social events, as well as the beauty of its surroundings. She so enjoyed assisting with the area’s local charities and was active in the Southold Presbyterian Church.
Gaily’s warm personality and huge smile was adored by all and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove.