Christian D. McCann

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Christian D. McCann Clifton ParkChristian Chris McCann passed away peacefully at the Baptist Health Nursing Center in Scotia, NY on July 3, 2012. Chris, born in Springfield, MA on June 5, 1929, was the son of the late James M. and Helen Joblin McCann. He moved to Schenectady with his family in 1934, where he resided until 1960 when he moved to his present home, which he built for his family in the woods in Clifton Park. Chris graduated from the technical electrical program at Mont Pleasant High School in 1947. He began his 40 year career with the General Electric Company after high school. Chris held various professional positions at GE in the Steam Turbine Division, primarily in the areas of accounting and information management. At the time of his retirement in 1987 he was a business applications computer software designer. In 1956, Chris graduated from the GE Financial Management Program. In 1969 he became the work effectiveness coordinator for the steam turbine business, training over 900 managers and employees in work improvement methods and teaching over 150 courses during his 14 years as program coordinator. He received a Corporate Coordinator Award for his work effectiveness program accomplishments. In addition, Chris taught math and management courses at GE, receiving the Instructor Of The Year designation in 1975. He also designed an album commemorating events and people important in the history of the turbine business for the GE Centennial Celebration. Chris also was active in community service work, both at GE and in the Schenectady community. In the 1950s, he served on the board of the Young Adult Council, as member and president. Later, he was involved in many community fund raising campaigns and served on the GE Share Board as a member and president. In 1990 Chris received the tribute of Outstanding Citizen of the City of Schenectady. In recent years he was active with philanthropic activities in Schenectady area community organizations. Chris also had many accomplishments in the arts, including writing songs for high school and Young Adult Council plays and writing and producing five original plays for the Merrimoppets children's theater group, which he founded in 1968. He also was part of several Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC) productions, served as a SLOC board member and was a former president of the Schenectady Civic Ballet. In his retirement, Chris pursued his love for the arts through his research, written articles and presentations on the art history of jigsaw puzzles and through his book about artists and illustrators on jigsaw puzzles: Master Pieces: The Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles, published in 2000. Chris is survived by his loving companion of over 30 years, Debbie Botch; daughter, Nicole and her husband, Gerald Fitzgerald; daughter, Adrienne and her husband, David Bashe; son, Gary McCann; brother, James McCann; grandchildren, Erin and Joanna Fitzgerald and David C. Bashe; and cousin, Eleanor Lucas. Chris' family extends gratitude to the staff at the Baptist Health Nursing Center, N & S wings, 3rd. floor and to Dr. Ringler, nursing home medical director, for their compassionate care of Chris during his stay. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, July 9th, followed by a memorial service at the White Funeral Home, 264 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia. Burial will follow at the Jonesville Cemetery in Clifton Park. Flowers are welcome and remembrances in Chris' name may be made to Ellis Medicine Foundation or Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, both located in Schenectady, NY. To express condolences please visit www.sbfuneral

Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from July 6 to July 7, 2012