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.