John was a member of the Delmar Volunteer Fire Company.
John Edward McClaine, Jr. was a charter member and first Fire Chief of the Delmar Volunteer Fire Company. He retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad after more than 48 years as an expert machinist on diesel engines, which replaced steam in 1952. In addition to serving several terms as fire chief, Mr. McClaine also served as chief engineer for the Delmar Fire Department. John E. McClaine, Jr was a past president of the Wicomico (Maryland) Firemen's Association, a member of the Delmar Lodge 201 AF & AM, a member of the Salisbury Lodge of Perfection and the Odd Fellows Lodge of Wilmington, Mr. McClaine was also inducted into the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter's Association Hall of Fame. A the time of his death, he was survived by his wife, Mrs. C. Mildred McClaine; two sons, J. Edward McClaine of Delmar and C. Lloyd McClaine of Grafton, North Carolina. Five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survived him. Mr. McClaine was laid to rest in the graveyard of St. Stephens in Delmar, Delaware.