Andrew Bruce "Mac" McFarlane


Andrew Bruce “Mac” McFarlane, 87, of Saddle Brook, NJ passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family.  Born January 26, 1930 in Teaneck, NJ to Andrew and Mary (Docherty), he was raised in Rutherford, NJ and was a 1947 graduate of Rutherford High School lettering in three varsity sports – soccer, basketball and baseball. 

In November of 1948, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps where he remained on continuous active service for 22 years until retiring in 1971 with the rank of Captain.  During his service, he saw direct combat with the First Marine Division in Korea from September 1950 to August 1951 and serving twice in Vietnam, September 1966 to October 1967 as an Infantry Officer with the Third Marine Division and from April 1970 to January 1971 as an Infantry Captain.  His courageous and valiant service earned him three Bronze Star Medals with combat “V” for heroic action during direct combat.  The first was awarded in 1951 for his service in Korea as a Private First Class and two were awarded for his service in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967.  In 1970, he was the recipient of the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat “V” for meritorious service and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.  Additional service awards earned for his devoted service include the Combat Action Ribbon twice for direct combat in Korea and Vietnam, four Presidential Unit citations for Korea and Vietnam with the First and Third Marine Division, six battle stars on the Korean Service Medal and three battle stars on the Vietnam Service Medal.

Upon retirement from the Marine Corps in 1971, he became employed with the Bergen County Prosecutors Office in Hackensack as a County Investigator where he remained until his retirement in 1991 with the rank of Lieutenant of County Investigators.  He was a retired member of the NJ Police Benevolent Associations – Local #221 Prosecutors Office and Local #600 NJ Retired.

From 1991 to 2002, he was a professional baseball scout with the Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Mac held life memberships with V.F.W. Post 3484 of Saddle Brook, American Legion Post 415 of Saddle Brook, First, Second and Third Marine Division Associations, Military Officers Association of America and Korean War Veterans and Vietnam War Veterans of America.  Other memberships included the Marine Corp League, The Chosin Few – First Marine Division during winter of 1950 North Korea, Marine Corps Officers Mustang Association, Khe Sanh Veterans of Vietnam, NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial & Education Center, founder and charter member of the Rutherford High School Athletic Hall of Fame and committee member of the Greater Bergen County YMCA of Hackensack annual Sports Awards Banquet where he served from 1993-2005 and in 2001 received the Richard Poor Service to the Community Award.

His tireless and dedicated service to the community included serving as a youth baseball coach with the Saddle Brook recreational programs and American Legion Baseball League, field Manager of the Saddle Brook Colonial Baseball Team of the Metropolitan Baseball League as well as league Commissioner, President of the NJ College Baseball Association, CYO Boys Basketball coach at St. Philip the Apostle Church and founder and Commissioner of the Saddle Brook Boys/Girls Recreation Soccer Programs.

His exceptional athletic ability earned him induction into the following – Rutherford High School Athletic Hall of Fame Association, Metropolitan Baseball League Hall of Fame, Bergen County Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame and the Saddle Brook Colonials Baseball Team of the Metropolitan Baseball League Hall of Fame.

Beloved husband of the late Joan (Cartier) McFarlane.  Loving and devoted father of Andrew Bruce McFarlane and Douglas McFarlane and wife Annmarie.  Cherished grandfather of Kelsey and Ryan McFarlane.  Dear brother of the late May.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive relatives and friends Thursday and Friday, August 10 & 11, 2017, 4-8 PM at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ.  A Funeral Mass is planned for Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:30 AM at St. Philip the Apostle R.C. Church, 488 Saddle River Road, Saddle Brook, NJ.  Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Andrew to the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation, 273 Columbus Avenue, Office #10, Tuckahoe, NY 10707 would be appreciated.

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I am sorry I am just finding this out. Mr. McFarlane was my American Legion Baseball Coach in 1979 and 1980. I loved playing ball for him. Great mentor. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Jim Wejsa
In my lifetime I have not met a finer man than Mr. Mac. We first met in August, 1977 when he started the Saddle Brook Soccer program and I offered to volunteer at the age of 18. We spent a lot of time together at various ball fields over the years and I am happy that I was able to keep in touch with him over these many years since. Mr. Mac was a difference maker, truly a great person who impacted my life in many ways. I'm so grateful for that fateful day when I first met him in 1977. Thanks for everything Mr. Mac. You will always be close to my heart. RIP my friend.
Tom Demko
I have indeed been fortunate to have been able to have this man as a friend for the past 40 years. I've talked to many people who have known Mac over the years, from his Brother Marines, to those he worked with, to those he was a coach to, nothing but good words for this man. Rest in Peace my friend.
Chief Paul Jacob, Saddle Brook NJ PD (Ret)
Mr. McFarlane is and was a shining example for all of us. Jim Devine
James Devine
A great man was buried today. I've known Mac since 1976, and it was a honor to be his friend. I'm truly going to miss him, we had great visits over the past years. It would have been an honor to serve under him, being his friend was an honor in itself.
Chief Paul Jacob, Saddle Brook NJ PD (Ret)
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