Word has been received that Elizabeth C. McLean died June 16 at Peebles Hospital, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, after complications from surgery. Ms. McLean, 53, leaves her parents, Dr. Walter L. McLean and Frances McCabe McLean, in Falmouth.
She was the wife of Mark Dubois of Tortola.
Ms. McLean donned her first pair of ice skates at the MDC rink in West Roxbury at age 5. After watching coverage of the Winter Olympics on television she decided, “This is what I want to do.” She was a former member of Falmouth Skating Club.
During the 1980s and 1990s she was a member of the US Figure Skating Team and competed as an ice dancer all over the world. In 1986, she won a gold medal in ice dance from the United States Figure Skating Association. In 1992, she was selected as an alternate to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
She was graduated from the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, in Natick, and then from Boston College, in 1989. She began her coaching career in Philadelphia at The Philadelphia Skating and Humane Society. She took great joy in her students’ progress and successes.
Ms. McLean traveled to the British Virgin Islands to learn to sail and fell in love with her sailing instructor, who would become her first husband. Brewers Bay, Tortola, became her home. She participated in a number of sailing races in the BVI, including the Rolex Cup.
When she first started living there, Ms. McLean worked as a massage therapist at the Peter Island Spa and Resort; shortly thereafter she opened her own private practice called Healing Hands in Road Town, Tortola. Local doctors referred many patients to her because of her skill as a masseuse.
In addition to her parents and husband, she leaves four brothers, Timothy J. McLean of Boca Raton, Florida, Gerard W. McLean of East Falmouth, William C. McLean of Flossmoor, Illinois, and Sean P. McLean of Falmouth; nine nieces and nephews; and extended family.
She was predeceased by her brother Patrick C. McLean; and an aunt, Madeline McLean Smith.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, August 28, at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.