James L. McCann Sr., 86, of North Sewickley Twp., formerly of New Brighton, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at his home.
Born on January 2, 1933 in Beaver Falls, he was the son of the late Jerry and Hazel (Finney) McCann. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lucille M. McCann; his brothers, Robert, Jerry, Jake and Ronald McCann; and his sisters, Ruth Stanford, Dorothy McCann, Pat Kirkpatrick and Jean Wisinski.
He is survived by his son, James L. (Debbie) McCann, Jr. of Oviedo, FL; his daughters, Jamie L. (Fred) Wilds and Catherine (Thomas) Wilds, all of North Sewickley Twp.; seven grandchildren, Jason Wilds, Justin Wilds, Krystal Wilds, Brittany (David) Betters, Sarah (Gabriel) Sauer, Hayley (Blaine) Calhoon and Zachery (Jennifer) McCann; four great-grandchildren, Emery, Rowan, Jonathan, and David; sister, Laura McConahy of Ellwood City; brother, Leonard “Len” McCann of NC and several nieces and nephews.
Although he loved to travel, James took pleasure in appreciating the simple things in life. He admired nature and enjoyed gardening, however, spending time with his family was his greatest joy. He became known as “Pap” to many more than his own 7 grandchildren, and was admired for his sense of humor, generosity and kindness among their friends. He never missed an opportunity to go a school concert or sporting event and was proud of all his grandchildren’s accomplishments. He took his grandsons to numerous local fairs, and he loved sitting on his porch. During the holidays, he & Lucille enjoyed baking traditional Italian Christmas cookies which were eagerly received by family, friends, and neighbors. Friends & family will remember him as a man of integrity who looked at every day of life as a gift. He never let himself get too old to enjoy anything. For those who knew him, James’s life serves as a reminder that kindness, patience, hard work & most of all, love are the keys to a life well lived.
Friends will be received on Friday from 6-8pm and Saturday from 2-4pm and 6-8pm in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC. 117 Blackhawk Rd, Chippewa Twp., gabauerfamilyfuneralhomes.com. Sunday he will lay in state at The Church of the Nazarene of New Brighton from 2pm until the time of service at 3pm with Pastor Donald Mac Neil officiating.
Interment will take place on Monday at 10am at Sylvania Hills.
The family wishes to give special thanks to Betty Wilds for all of her kindness, compassion, and care she gave to the family, as well as the staff of Allegheny Hospice.
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Love, Dee and Roger