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

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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.


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