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Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

1233 Union Lake Road, White Lake, MI

OBITUARY

Timothy Michael McCann

July 22, 1948September 2, 2019

On Monday, September 2, 2019, Timothy Michael McCann found eternal peace, as he passed away at the age of 71, with family by his side. He was a beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend – whom will be dearly missed.

Tim was born in 1948 and raised a ‘California Kid’ as the oldest of three children: Dan (Margaret) McCann and Robin (Ed) Burton, to Elihu and Una McCann in Hollywood, CA. He loved the sun, the ocean, the beaches, the warm weather and his rock-and-roll. At the age of 21, Tim joined the Army to serve his country in the Vietnam War, as a Huey MedEvac Helicopter Pilot and later continued his developed passion for service and flying in the National Guard. Following the war, Tim met & married Cathy, eventually relocating to the other state with equally beautiful beaches & sunsets – ‘Michigan’. He settled in the Holland/Grand Rapids area, spreading roots to raise their children, near to similar water & beaches he had grown up with – working for & eventually retiring from the US Post Office. Tim is survived by Cathy, his three children Heather (Ryan) Hiligan, Michael (Mary Alice) McCann and Brooke (Joseph) Walderzak; and four grandchildren, James McCann, Corryn Hiligan, Caileigh Hiligan and Ryder Hiligan.

In retirement, Tim grew more active in his community – volunteering regularly at Mary Free Bed in Grand Rapids, investing in the rapidly growing craft beer industry via a ‘tour company’, and developing his skill at a newly found league hobby (golf). Throughout his life, Tim was a ‘people person’ – always engaging others, bringing simple, innocent joy to their day everywhere he went: his broad smile; love for people; uplifting spirit; and genuine interest in everyone he met endeared him to all. We forever treasure his kindness and the joy he has brought to us all…

Celebration of Life will be held, Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 1:00pm until 4:00pm at St. Adalbert's Aid Society - Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th Street NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 48504.

Committal Service will be held, Monday, September 23, 2019 at 1:30pm under the auspices of the United States Army at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly, Michigan 48442

In lieu of flowers or donations, Tim’s wishes were that we would each donate an hour of our time to an organization of your choosing – sharing your joy with others...

Services

22 September

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

St. Adalbert's Aid Society - Fifth Street Hall

701 5th Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

23 September

Inurnment with Military Honors

1:30 pm

Great Lakes National Cemetery

4200 Belford Road
Holly, Michigan 48442

Memories

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Marcia Cook

September 19, 2019

Tim was an awesome man. Always happy and showing concern for others. I worked with Tim at the USPS and enjoyed working with him very much. In a place with much negativity he was always smiling and I never heard him speak a harsh word to anyone. He always made me feel he cared about everyone. He will be missed. He definitely left this world to soon. This world needs more people like him. Condolences to his family.

Laurie Barszewski

September 19, 2019

I met Timothy in his retirement years. I worked at Horrocks when they first put in their Tavern. Timothy and his son would come in to enjoy the craft beers and talk to whoever was willing to join in his great sense of humor, knowledge of beer and newly created friendships. He was a good man and friend to all. I am glad I got to meet you Timothy.

Mick Wilson

September 19, 2019

I worked with Tim at USPS & he was unfailingly happy, funny & upbeat. What a goofball. Always made me smile & he adored his wife & family. A loss for not only them, but the entire world.

Jean Farrell

September 12, 2019

Timmy you were always a smiling face and you always had kind words. Miss you love Jean

Daniel Dobbs

September 11, 2019

I would like to share a couple fond memories I have of Tim. When we were at Fort Bragg processing to go overseas Tim had to pee real bad but the men’s room was occupied. Tim is moaning and moving around because he had to go so bad. Then he looked at the sign on the women’s room and said, “Oh, looky here,” pointing at the letters he said, “W O M E N, warrant officer men,” and went in and peed.
Another time Tim and I just landed at Grand Ledge and we both had to pee real bad so we hurried into the latrine and there was a brand new enlisted guardsman at one of the urinals so Tim and I took urinals on both sides of the kid. While peeing Tim looked over as if looking at the kid’s (you know what) and said, “Hi, I’m Timmy,” then reached over and patted the kid on his butt. The kid ran out of the latrine so fast and I said to Tim, “I’ll bet he quits the guard now.” “Too bad, he was kinda cute wasn’t he,” Tim said laughing.
Tim, I thank you for all the great memories and the good times we had together. You will always occupy a very special place in my heart reserved for special people. Keep the Huey at ground idle until God transfers me to fly with you again.

Richard Deer

September 10, 2019

Tim and I served together flying helicopters in the Michigan Army National Guard many years ago. He was a joy to be around. I never knew what he would do next. Always funny, always caring, always considerate. Learning of his passing has hit me hard. People like Tim should never die. We need more Tims in this world. I am so much better for having known him and so very sad to know he has left us. Rest In Peace.

Tiffany Werner

September 9, 2019

The best part of my Friday was when Tim stopped by our office on the 5th floor to say hi. He ALWAYS wore a Hawaiian shirt and gave us the biggest smile you've ever seen. He spread cheer and glee as he walked in the Mary Free Bed hallways, and you could almost make out the rays of sunlight he left behind him in the people he stopped to chat with, or the patients he high fived. Tim was one of a kind, and you felt privileged to be a part of his routine of spreading cheer. We miss you, Tim. We will continue to keep your happiness and cheer alive at Mary Free Bed. We love you.

JoAnne and Mark VanSlooten

September 7, 2019

We first met Tim while our oldest daughter was at Mary Freebed and soon discovered he knew our son in-law (a mfb employee) and our youngest daughter who works at Founders. We frequently would run into him either at Founders or MFB and would comment to each other on his giving heart and love of life, always with a smile on his face. The last time we saw him, he and his friends helped push us out of a snow bank during a snowstorm. He touched so many lives and will be sorely missed.

Mike and Caryn Foshaug

September 6, 2019

We remember Tim's unique sense of humor and friendly personality. With sympathy, Mike & Caryn

Kate Benson & Elk Brewing Family

September 6, 2019

Timmy brought light & kindness everywhere he visited. It was always a delight to find him at the taproom or nearly any other brewery around Gramd Rapids or the Lakeshore. I’d always take time to grab a hug & chat beer, family, adventure & travels. His positive energy will always be with us & his hugs will be missed emensely.

FROM THE FAMILY