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Gerald Patrick McCann


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Gerald Patrick McCann Obituary
December 16, 1924 - August 30, 2017 Gerald Patrick McCann, a beloved husband, father, and mentor of many, peacefully died at his home in Pasadena, California on Wednesday, August 30th, after a prolonged illness. Gerald was born in San Francisco and at several days of age he returned to his home in Los Angeles, where he lived for the next 92 years. After graduating from High School, Gerald attended Loyola College for a semester, and then transferred to USC where he enrolled in the Engineering School and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1946. Gerald and his older brother Edward formed a company, McCann's Vending Services, repairing third party operators vending machines which required knowledge of Electrical Applications, Mechanical Systems and Fluid Controls, which provided a good background for his future activities in business. Gerald and his brother then received a contract to service the Beverage Dispensing Systems at the US Marine base at Camp Pendleton in 1950. Gerald at the same time set up shop at a small house on Cypress Street in Glendale where he worked on his inventions. This became the home of McCann's Engineering and Manufacturing. McCann's Vending Services was sold in the mid 1950's. Gerald developed the first electrical solenoid operating post-mix faucet, his first customer had a snack bar in San Bernardino called McDonald's. He became acquainted with the McDonald brothers who were thankful for Gerald's technical ability. Gerald eventually sold his faucets to many original equipment manufacturers and dispenser manufacturers. His philosophy was to be the supplier of faucets and other components like carbonators, flow controls, bar hoses, bag-in box pumps and other products. He did not wish to manufacture complete dispensers that would be in competition with his original equipment manufacturers. Because of his knowledge of the Beverage Dispensing Business the technical people at Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola started to knock on Gerald's door. They recognized his outstanding contribution to the industry. Gerald developed many new products like a Turbo Flow valve for Coca Cola which would dispense a drink in 6 seconds. In addition, he created a Bag-in-Box pump used to empty five gallon bags (which replaced stainless steel syrup tanks), Big Mac Carbonator, Water Booster with a 2-4 gallon tank, and a Wine Dispensing faucet. Gerald also developed many other products. One was Ice Flow, a system that pumped ice through a plastic line from an Ice Machine to a beverage dispenser, this replaced the Ice Buckets where an employee would fill a bucket of ice and carry it to a bin next to the Dispensing System, this was a "Revolutionary" concept. Gerald continued educating himself over the years at UCLA, as he was always interested in new Management techniques. He was a member for many years of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Gerald was an outstanding engineer in the Beverage Industry but also was an accomplished executive who used all the management tools available as a Leader in the Industry. Gerald always saw the employees of his company as "family" and they returned his loyalty. When he sold McCann's Engineering and Manufacturing in 2006 he returned 25% of the sale profits to his employees, the majority of whom had been with him for over 20 years. Gerald was preceded in death by his brother Irwin McCann, his sister Lorraine McCann Baisley, and his son Timothy McCann. He is survived by his wife Riyuki of Pasadena, his brother Edward of Carlsbad, his son Patrick McCann of Concord, daughter Karen Valdez of San Marcos, niece Kate McCann of Bonsall, and nephews Kevin McCann of Carlsbad, Terry Baisley of Idaho, Brain Baisley of Poway, Kevin Baisley of Illinois and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and grand and great nieces and nephews. Throughout his life, people were drawn to Gerald for his Irish wit, and his ability to find humor in almost every situation, and because of the genuine warmth and love he demonstrated to others. He was equally loved by men and women. Gerald lived an amazing life filled with professional success, limitless travel, and most importunely countless moments filled with love and laughter with his family and friends. Most of all he was a man of honor and integrity, love, compassion and principle and will be dearly missed by all who had the honor to know him.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 7 to Sept. 10, 2017
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