Michael McCann, 70, of Switzerland Avenue died suddenly Thursday March 28, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Margaretville January 19, 1949 son of the late Henry and Margaret Haynes McCann. He raised his family and resided in Fleischmanns for a majority of his life. He made a career working for the Delaware County Highway Department as Crew Supervisor and retired in 2014 after approximately 20 years of service.
Mike was family focused and dedicated his life to his loving wife, children, grand and great grandchildren, and dogs. He set an example for his family and those who knew him through his hardworking, kind and welcoming demeanor. He enjoyed outdoor activities including camping, snowmobiling, ATV riding decorating for the holidays, and Saturday family dinners surrounded by his family.
He had a passion for fixing things combined with the craftmanship to back it up. If something was broken, rattling, etc., Mike was always willing to lend a hand regardless of the number of other projects he had underway. Mike had a big heart. He was considerate, kind, and friendly to all he met and always welcomed new faces into his home. His laugh was infectious and his smile could melt your heart and light up a room. He left a legacy behind of children, grand children, and great grand children. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him but his memory and the lessons he taught to those he touched will live on for eternity
Surviving are his wife of 52 years Jean Ballard McCann, his children: Daniel (Lynn) Nies of Cuba, NY, Donald (Kelly) Nies of Bradford, PA, Tina (Manny) Wilkens of Arkville, Michelle (David) Henkel of Saugerties, Marion/Buffy (Floyd) Knapp of Margaretville, Mindy (Gregg) Passarelli of Margaretville, Michael (Billie) McCann Jr. of Saratoga, and Bobbie Jean (Bobbie Jo) Showens of Margaretville. He is also survived by grandchildren: Kim Krum, Lisa and Stephanie Skala, Christian Scott, Cassandra Knapp, Megan, Cameron, and Addison Passarelli, David Henkel, Grayson and Myles McCann, Justin, Brandon, and Megan Carr, Shawn, Timothy, and Leila Nies and by great grandchildren: Alex, Liliana, Chase, Jonathan, Joshua, Lincoln, Jaden, Owen, Elaina, Devon, Madelyn, Isaac, and Ioan. Brothers: Wayne (Linda) Caswell, Patrick, William (Pam), Joseph, Daniel (Stephanie) McCann,
Sisters Wilma Beers and Amy (Bob) McCann survive him as do several nieces and nephews and his four-legged friends: Mitzi, Snuggles, and Peppi. He was predeceased by his parents, stepmom Gladys McCann, daughter Margaret, son-in-law Erich Wilkens Jr., and great granddaughter Amelia.
Friends will be received on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main St. Phoenicia. A Service to Celebrate the Life of Michael will be held on Monday at 11 o’clock at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ralph Darmstadt as celebrant. Burial will be in the family plot at the Halcott Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Make-A-Wish Foundation. You may share a special memory with the family on Michael’s Tribute Wall at gormleyfuneralhome.com.