Joseph Edward "Eddie" McCann Jr.

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Joseph Edward "Eddie" McCann, Jr.

Joseph Edward "Eddie" McCann, Jr. of Everett, WA gave up his long battle March 11, 2009 and is now at peace with his Lord; he was 80 years old.
Born September 21, 1928 in Oakland, California, Joe grew up in Everett attending Garfield Elementary, Perpetual Help and North Junior High.
As a boy he loved the water and spent his spare time working on fishing boats on the Snohomish River and in Puget Sound.
On July 4, 1941, he visited the USS Arizona in Everett Harbor and dreamed of being a Sailor; when the USS Arizona was sunk in Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) he was determined to fight for his country and, at age 13, succeeded in his mission of joining the US NAVY.
By age 14, he had been promoted to Coxswain and on June 6, 1944, he piloted his LCVP in the first wave of the D-Day invasion; delivering troops (of Big Red One) to the shores of Omaha Beach. Though, only 15 years of age, at the time, he was already a decorated Veteran, seeing action in North Africa, Sicily, Salerno and Operation Tiger.
In August 1945, while on leave in Orlando, Florida he met the love of his life, Helen and was married 10 days later (Joe and Helen celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary September 6, 2008). When his age was discovered in 1945, he was allowed to stay in the service and again volunteered for service in Special Operations UDT (Underwater Demolitions Team); sent to Ft. Pierce, Florida to train in the Navy Scouts and Raiders he was preparing for a drop into occupied China when the war in the Pacific ended. After action was ended in the Pacific Theater, he was sent to the Marshall Islands for the Bikini Beach A-Bomb tests and "Operation Crossroads."
In 1951, with wife Helen and three children, Joe moved to Livermore, California and worked as Security for Dr. Teller at the Lawrence Radiation Facility (now Lawrence Livermore Laboratories) until his goal to become a police officer was realized. After working for the Oakland, California Police Department for ten (10) years he was seriously injured on duty (by a drunk driver); ending a career he truly loved.
Following a long recovery, he returned to his childhood home of Everett, Washington in 1961. Joe worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer with Snohomish County, State of Washington Department of Corrections as a Counselor (at Mission Creek facility in Belfair, WA) and as a Supervising Counselor (at the Indian Ridge facility in Arlington, WA), the Everett Police Department as a Transitional Analyst, and in Crime Prevention with (then) Chief of Police Douglas Seavey until health forced his retirement.
Joseph "Eddie" was a Life Member of VFW Post 2100, Navy League of the United States, United States LST Association, National Association of Atomic Veterans, and the Oakland Police and Fire Retirement Association.
Joseph "Eddie" is preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Irene and Harvey Roberts and sisters Twyla DeLashmutt and Mary Enos.
He is survived by his wife of 63 ½ years, Helen; sisters, Edith King, Jane Parker and Teri Jones; brother, John Roberts; children, Joseph Edward McCann III (wife, Martha), Linda Jean Borozinski (husband, Charles), Stephen Chris McCann and Michael William McCann (wife, Anzhela); nine grandchildren, Trent (wife, Victoria) McCann, Clint (wife, Joanie) McCann, Alyssia (husband, Edward) Rhoads, Jeremy (partner, Briana) Reeve, Alexander (wife, Jessica) McCann, Sarah McCann, Luke McCann, Kyle McCann, Kathleen McCann and Maksyn Chub-McCann; fourteen great-grandchildren, Jacob and Paige McCann, Ayla and Justice McCann, Nicholas Rhoads, Brian and Kaitlyn Reeve, Makayla Langholf, Carter, Ryan, Kennedy, Barrett and Banks McCann, Autumn McCann, and Destiny McCann; and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been made for burial through Purdy & Walters with Cassidy, at Pacific & Wetmore in Everett. Viewing will be from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Monday evening, March 16, 2009. Services will be held at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, March 17, at Purdy & Walters with Cassidy. A procession to Evergreen Cemetery for burial with full military honors will follow the service.

Published in The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 14 to Mar. 17, 2009
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