The Life of Dr. John Joseph McCann


Dr. John Joseph

On May 7, 2020, at age 85, Dr. John J. McCann of Chestnut Hill, PA passed peacefully and went home to the Lord.

John was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John Joseph and Eleanor (Jones) McCann.  He attended St. Henry’s grade school, Holy Ghost Prep Seminary, received his Bachelor’s Degree from LaSalle, and his Master’s and Doctorate Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. 

John is survived by his wife Georgiana Baker McCann, four devoted children, Kathleen McCann, Michael R. and Cynthia (Hill) McCann, Jill (McCann) and Harry Geiger and Sharon (McCann) and Rich Triebl, Mildred (Ottinger/McCann) Fusco (mother of John’s children), his brother Robert & Dorothy (Zimmermann) McCann, sister Eleanor Berju, 7 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

John was a LaSalle University Professor who taught passionately for 55 years in the Foreign Languages Department.  John was also a distinguished and published writer.  

A spiritual and adventurous man, John loved writing, French, Latin, literature, fly fishing, backpacking, camping, pheasant hunting, walks in Wissahickon Park, his sailboat “Sojourn”, Big 5 Basketball, baseball games, silent meditation, and classical music.  

John enjoyed life to the fullest.  He lived in the present and cherished each moment.  He was a joyful man with a beautiful smile that lit up the world.

John was a Quaker, and a celebration of his life will be held at the Abington Friends Meeting when the government permits large crowd gatherings.  

A man of service, John dedicated 50+ years of his life to those recovering from alcoholism.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to support men and women on their journey to recovery.

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Fathers Day 2016

Lots of Love here!  💘

Posted by Kathy M on 06/22/2021

John fishing down the Cataloochee River in the Smokies tward his favorite pool, May 2012

Posted by Laurence H on 05/19/2020

Great Brother

My brother and I were very, very close.  We spoke at least 3-4 times a week.  When I moved to the area, we got together often before Covid shutdowns.  

I miss him terribly and I look at this site daily.  

John was the best mentor, friend and big brother. My heart hurts daily.


Posted by Eleanor M B on 11/27/2020

Happy Fathers Day

Thanks for being our Dad!!

Posted by Kathleen M on 06/20/2021


We Miss You Dad! 💕

Posted by Kathy M on 06/21/2021

Dad the Writer/Professor

Think of you every day!!  

Posted by Kathy M on 07/04/2021

Dad at Barnegat Lighthouse

One of Dad's Happy Places

Posted by Kathy M on 07/04/2021