In Memory of Tom McCann


Thanks to Sherry Milford for putting Tom’s notice online. 



In  memory of Tom McCann from Carleton Place–here is a photo of me and Miss Tenley cranking out the tunes on the McCann family piano I bought from Tom decades ago (that Laurel said I needed:) . It survived a horrible fire and still came out strong to keep the memories going.. Just like the McCann family.

Memories from the Alan Barker site.




November 26, 1946 – November 22, 2015

After a lengthy and hard-fought battle against pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer.

Pre-deceased by his parents, Cecil and Laurel (Costello) McCann and his sister, Karen LePage. A devoted family man, Tom passed away at Carleton Place Hospital surrounded by his soul mate and best friend for 18 years, Pamela Clements, and his treasured family: dear sister Marilyn Dorman (Cornwall); his beloved and loving daughters and sons-in-law, Lorie McCann, Susan McCann (Robert Larisey) and Bobbi McCann-Bowden (Jamie Bowden); and his cherished grandchildren, Sam McCann, Charlotte Larisey and Laurel McCann. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Tom is renowned as an aficionado of country and bluegrass music and for his superb banjo, mandolin and guitar pickin’. His bands, Thunder Road and Ghost Train were well known and enjoyed throughout eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley. He was a familiar figure, regularly seen touring Carleton Place and the area in one of his classic Lincoln Continentals. Tom has now joined many of his friends and fellow musicians to organize one great bluegrass festival in the sky.

At Tom’s specific request there is to be no formal celebration of his life … he is just happy knowing his family and friends will put on some tunes and raise a glass or two in a toast with him.

In memory of Tom, his family is grateful if you would choose to make a memorial donation to the Lung Association.


About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

6 responses »

  1. Thank you for this beautiful rendition Linda. The McCanns lived beside us on Sarah St. for many years.He will be missed so much from his girls and freinds.

  2. Thanks for getting me into bluegrass and teaching me lots of songs. Save me a chair at the jammin table and order me a bud.

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