James A. McCann

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James A. McCann, 78, of Ringtown, passed away Thursday with his wife, Joanne, by his side at Rest Haven Nursing Home, Schuylkill Haven.

Born in Carbondale, Feb. 17, 1936, he was a son of the late James and Evelyn Clark McCann.

Jim graduated in 1953 from St. Rose High School, Carbondale.

He joined the Marine Corps that same year and was honorably discharged in 1957 after attaining the rank of sergeant. He spent two years as a Marine Guard at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland.

He later attended the University of Scranton, enrolling in business and accounting courses. He also worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.

In December 1960, he joined the PA State Police, spending the next 26 years as a trooper assigned to Troop L, Reading. Jim did mostly criminal investigative assignments during his police career. While employed as a state policeman, Jim also attended Penn State University (Schuylkill and Reading campuses) and earned an associate degree in administration of justice. After his police retirement, he was self-employed as a private detective and, afterward, was hired by the Schuylkill County Sheriff to set up and manage the Central Booking Office for Schuylkill County.

Jim was very devoted to his wife, sons and grandchildren and will be sorely missed by family and friends.

Jim was a member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, a life member of the Phillip C. Melley Memorial State Police Lodge 65, a member of American Legion Post 289, Ringtown, Marine Corps League, Coal Cracker Detachment, Minersville, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Girardville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William McCann and Michael McCann, who died in infancy.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Joanne M. Carr McCann, Ringtown; two sons, James J. McCann and his fiance, Kim Jacobsen, Manassas, Va., and Michael P. McCann and his wife, Clarissa, and their two children, Benjamin and Alissa, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Janet McCann, Forest City; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, Port Carbon, with the Rev. Frank Karwacki officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, 208 Pike St., Port Carbon. Interment with military honors will be held in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 47 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, PA 17851. Please send condolences to www.robertaevansjrfh.com.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Aug. 15, 2014
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