Thomas 'Teddy' McCann died after a short illness in the care of the staff of The Louth County Hospital on February 18th, aged 82. Born in Anne Street, he resided for many years in Park Street and then later in Park Villas.
For 37 years, Teddy was a diligent and enthusiastic worker in Hallidays Shoe Factory in Quay Street and then moved to Clarks on The Ramparts. Teddy championed the rights of his colleagues for better conditions and pay.
He had many and varied interests. He was a life long member of The Boyle O'Reilly SEO and was a member of the LDF during 'The Emergency'. Teddy had a great interest in sport including Gaelic football and horse racing. He also had a strong interest in politics both at a local and national level and was a member of the Fianna Fail Tom Bellew Cumann for many years.
Teddy had a great interest in nature. He spent many of his young days walking through the countryside with his friends and dogs.
He also had very strong religious faith. As a child he served as an altar boy in the Friary Church. For many years he was a member of The Legion of Mary and visited many elderly patients in hospital on a regular basis. He was also a blood donor and wore his gold pin with pride.
Teddy was a very affectionate man. He was devoted husband to Vera (nee Larissey) for 56 wonderful years and a loving father to his seven children, Terry (Dundalk), Brian (Drogheda), Geraldine (Castlebellingham), Kieran (Dundalk), Gerard (Australia), Marion (Blackrock), Celine (Dundalk).
Teddy got great enjoyment from his 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He always loved to advise and guide them and he took great pride in them.
He is also survived by his brothers Oliver (Wales), Frankie (Dundalk), sisters Phyllis (Dublin), Peggy (Dundalk), Columba (Dublin), brothers-in-law Eugene O'Shea, Andy Larrissey and Joe Larrissey, sister-in-law Kathleen McCann (Wales), sons-in-law and daughters-in-law and all his nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers-in-law Sean Larrissey, Eugene McManus, Kevin Croke and sister-in-law Maura Byrne (nee Larrissey).
Teddy's remains reposed at his residence in 21 Park Villas before removal to St. Patrick's Cathedral. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Bishop Gerard Clifford (cousin of Vera) and assisted by Fr. Mark O'Hagan. The Readings were given by Stephen Hoey and Stephanie McCann (grandchildren). The Prayers of the Faithful were given by Shane Muldoon, Michelle McCann, Tiernan Whelan and Ashley McCann (grandchildren). The Offertory Gifts were presented by Conall McCann, Nicole Cooney and Michelle McCann (grandchildren). Music was by vocalist Joe Larrissey and organist Brendan McCourt. Burial took place afterwards in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Dowdallshill.
The family would like to thank everyone who attended the reposal and requiem Mass for Teddy. Special thanks to Bishop Gerard Clifford, members of Fianna Fail, including Minister Dermot Ahern TD, Seamus Kirk and councillors Seamus Keenan, Pearse O’Hanrahan, Declan Breathnach and Frank Godfrey (Lord Mayor of Drogheda). Also, thanks to the staff of Male Medical in The Louth County Hospital. Many thanks go to nephews Paul and Gregory McCann who travelled from Wales and Spain respectively and Deirdre O'Shea who travelled from Leeds for the funeral .
The large turnout at his funeral reflected the esteem by which Teddy was held in the community.
The Month's Mind Mass will be held on April 5th at 11.30am in St. Patrick's Cathedral.