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Francis E.B. McCann  

Francis E.B. McCann

April 18, 1933 – January 6, 2018

Francis E.B. McCann, Jr., age 84, of Newark, Delaware, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

Fran was born in Wilmington, Delaware on April 18, 1933, and was a son of the late Francis E. and Naomi (Riley) McCann, Sr.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.  Fran was the proud owner of Francis E. McCann Associates, an appraisal company and dedicated 60 years as a real estate agent.

A Delaware native, he graduated from Salesianum in 1951 and attended Mount Saint Mary’s.  Fran loved sailing, kayaking and traveling.  His hobbies included photography and was a former Boy Scout troop leader.  Fran was instrumental in the re-vitalization of the Westminster House that opened in 1994.  He was also involved in the NCC Board of Adjustment for many years.

In addition to his parents, Fran is preceded in death by 2 brothers, James and Richard McCann.  He is survived by 4 children, including Stephen McCann (Rene) of Wilmington, NC and Jenny Darden (Jim) of Newark; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; close friends, Harry Hutchison (MaryAnn) and Tim Ritchie (Petra); and the rest of the “Panera” gang.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral  Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 10 am until 11 am, followed by a funeral service at 11 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fran’s name to the Westminster House, 292 W Main St, Newark, DE 19711 or Season’s Hospice, 4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718.

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  1. Mary Britt, January 8, 2018

    Rest in peace my friend. We’ll miss your smiling face at the head of our table in Panera. Thank you for all of the laughs and hugs, and you’ll forever be “damn near perfect” in my book. Love, Mary

  2. Diane, January 8, 2018

    I will never forget you, and will miss you always! Everyone at Friendly’s will miss you and we will think of you often! You were always “damn near perfect!” God Bless

  3. Liz Slater, January 8, 2018

    We saw the Face of God in you face, Fran. Love endures.

  4. Tim Ritchie, January 9, 2018

    And so young Stephanie told me “Tim, you know we had him with us a long time”, and she was right there, but was not near long enough.

  5. Michelle, January 9, 2018

    Mr. McCann your presence will be missed. Your jovial personality and kind sincere spirit was a joy to witness even in talking business. My prayers are with your family.

  6. Marlene Kowal, January 9, 2018

    Just know that you were very inspirational to folks…with you “dam near perfect” attitude. You will be thought of and I will keep your positive attitude in my heart.

  7. Paula Blomenberg & Chuck Rager, January 10, 2018

    We remember Fran well…. we particularly appreciated all of his efforts for the Westminster group. Rest in peace, Fran. Paula & Chuck

  8. Maureen and Harry Righter, January 10, 2018

    Fran was a great guy and a dear friend to my brother, Harry. RIP Fran. Save us a place under a nice shady tree. We will meet again.

  9. Harry Hutchison, January 10, 2018

    A best friend, who will be missed. That little room for perfection caught up with him. RIP Francis.

  10. Mark & Sue Williamson, January 10, 2018

    You touched so many lives and helped so many people. You’ll never be forgotten. Our prayers are with your family and close friends.

  11. Donna Klimowicz, January 13, 2018

    To himself the elf. I so enjoyed working Fran always the positive upbeat person. He had a lot of stories to tell and great sense of humor. First to,laugh at himself. He will be missed. He was our Kris Kringle in the office. He will be missed.

  12. David H Burt, January 14, 2018

    Certainly I speak for all Members of the New Castle County Board of Adjustment in sharing our high opinion of Fran. His sunny personality and intellectual capabilities were nothing less than Perfect for his roles as Member and Vice Chairman (Emeritus). We are grateful and richer for his work and friendship.


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