Michael A. McGann

November 20, 2021

Michael A. McGann
U.S. Veteran

USMC

WWII

Michael A. McGann – a longtime resident of Woburn and Winchester, and a decorated USMC Veteran of WWII, died peacefully, November 20th, shy of his 100th birthday. Beloved husband of 74 years to Dorothy “Dot” F. (Gardner) McGann. Cherished father of Kathleen A. Benson of Newburyport, Patricia “Patty” McGann, her partner Marianne Stinson of FL, Michael P. McGann, his wife Stephanie of Georgetown and Colleen M. Mulkerin, her husband John of Ipswich. Treasured grandfather of Ryan, Kyle and Katherine. Dear brother of the late Elise, Rita, Robert and John McGann and the late Dorothy Klass and Louise Burns. Mike’s Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 1st at 10 a.m. in St. Charles’s Church, 280 Main St., Woburn. Interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to briefly pay their respects in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn prior to the Mass from 8:30- 9:45 a.m.  Please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Michael’s memory to the Woburn Historical Society 7 Mishawum Rd, Woburn, MA 01801

Michael “Mike” A. McGann, a longtime resident of Woburn and Winchester, passed away suddenly at his home, Saturday, November 20th.  The beloved husband of Dorothy “Dot” F. McGann, Mike was “just shy” of his one hundredth birthday.

Born in Woburn, very close to a century ago, Mike was one of seven children born to John H. and Elise (Ferland) McGann.  Raised in the South End of Woburn and educated in Woburn, Mike was a graduate of Woburn High School, along with the Class of 1939.  Mike was active throughout his high school years, participating in all the sports and served as President of his graduating class.  Mike continued to always work throughout the years, organizing and planning Class of 1939 reunions!

Mike began working for H. P. Hood and Company after high school and in May of 1942 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he proudly and heroically served our country.  Having been wounded in action in April of 1945 he was participating in the battle of Okinawa, and the Ryukyu Islands, from which he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal in August 1945.  On the three different invasions, Mike was involved in he was consistently in the “first wave” off the boats.  Throughout Mike’s tour of duty, he had achieved the Rank of Corporal, along with his weapons qualifications as a rifle marksman and pistol sharpshooter.

Upon Mike’s return from the War, he married his sweet-heart Dorothy Gardner.  Together they brought three daughters and a son into the world and had made their home in Winchester, for the next forty years.  Mike took great pride in his family, and he and Dot were their strongest supporters throughout life!  Camping trips throughout New Hampshire, and Canada, fresh water or ocean sites, they all shared some truly wonderful times, while they were on their different excursions.

Mike returned to H.P. Hood after the War, where he remained for the next twenty years.  He then went to the First National Stores for several years and then to Data Printing as the properties Facility Manager right up to his retirement.

Upon becoming a grandfather, Mike was thrilled, to say the least!  “Papa” as he was referred to took a very special interest in each of them individually and collectively, and the love shared was, oh so mutual! 

Mike thoroughly enjoyed boating and had kept his boat at the Mystic Wellington Boat Club over the years. It was close enough so he could take it out during the week and weekends, which was enjoyed by the kids.   The Bedford V.A. was one of the great places where Mike and his “Mens Club”  would golf first and have their club meeting following; and if it was not there, then it would be at the Woburn Country Club where again,  they had some truly great rounds of golf over the years. He was also a proud and vital member of the Woburn Historical Society, where he remained very involved throughout the years.

Mike was truly a very determined, independent gentleman.  A man of great faith, he and the entire McGann family were always actively involved in the Immaculate Conception Church from its beginning, sadly to it’s closing.  From the boiler room to the Bingo games, weekly collections, and everything in between, Mike was always there to lend a helping hand.

Mike, sadly will miss his one hundredth birthday that he was so looking forward too.  One thing for sure though, Mike’s devotion to God, Country and Family will certainly carry on as a legend, long after his hundredth birthday. Semper Fi, Mike! 

Beloved husband of 74 years to Dorothy “Dot” F. (Gardner) McGann. Cherished father of Kathleen A. Benson of Newburyport, Patricia “Patty” McGann, her partner Marianne Stinson of FL, Michael P. McGann, his wife Stephanie of Georgetown and Colleen M. Mulkerin, her husband John of Ipswich. Treasured grandfather of Ryan, Kyle and Katherine. Dear brother of the late Elise, Rita, Robert and John McGann and the late Dorothy Klass and Louise Burns. 

Mike’s Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 1st at 10 a.m. in St. Charles’s Church, 280 Main St., Woburn. Interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to briefly pay their respects in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn prior to the Mass from 8:30- 9:45 a.m.  Please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Michael’s memory to the Woburn Historical Society 7 Mishawum Rd, Woburn, MA 01801

 

Mike’s Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 1st at 10 a.m. in St. Charles’s Church, 280 Main St., Woburn. Interment to follow in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to briefly pay their respects in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn prior to the Mass from 8:30- 9:45 a.m.  Please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Michael’s memory to the Woburn Historical Society 7 Mishawum Rd, Woburn, MA 01801

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  1. Karen Sweeney Price

    God Speed Mike. Finally you and my dad, Pfc. John Sweeney, can renew your friendship. It’s been almost 80 years when you were both wounded on Okinawa. I’ll always be grateful you told me the incredible story along with your own 4 kids. We’re all better people because you two were our dads. Semper Fi. 🙏🏻

  2. Dear Patty and Marianne and family,
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father.
    Enjoy the fond memories and may he rest in peace with the Lord.

  3. What a wonderful man. We were so fortunate to have him as our neighbor and friend. The memories will never fade. Much love to all of you from all of the O’Leary’s.

  4. Maureen and James Zaccaria

    Dear Dot and family,

    Jim and I are saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely,
    Maureen and Jim Zaccaria

  5. Mary and Jean Curran

    Dot and Family,

    We were sorry to learn of Mike’s passing. He was a great neighbor at Place Lane. Our thoughts and prayers to you all during this very difficult time.

  6. One of the greatest blessings of my life was attending the Marine reunions with my Dad and meeting Mike and Dot. Semper Fi and give my Dad a hug from me. Love you!

  7. McGann family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie Culhane,

    Semper Fi Mike.

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