Re­mem­ber­ing Danny Mc­Cann

Gen­er­ous man leaves beau­ti­ful legacy through Gravel’s Walk­ing Trail.

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“Would you like to buy a ticket sir?”

You didn’t have to turn around. It was a fa­mil­iar plea and you knew who was mak­ing it.

Be­fore spin­ning around, a smile came to your face and you slid your hand into your pocket to look for money to pur­chase a ticket — or likely tick­ets.

That’s be­cause he was a tough guy to turn down. This man in the wheel­chair whose ded­i­ca­tion to com­mu­nity, you knew, was even larger and brighter than some of the colour­ful jack­ets he wore.

You knew the money was go­ing to­ward a good cause, such as restora­tion of Our Lady of Mercy Church or pos­si­bly to­ward de­vel­op­ment of the Grav­els Trail.

Danny Mc­Cann of Port au Port West died on Wed­nes­day, and a town is re­mem­ber­ing him as a per­son whose gen­eros­ity had no bounds when it came to com­mu­nity.

Mayor Cathy White­head of Port au Port West-Aguathu­naFelix Cove said she has known Mc­Cann for more than 25 years and for every one of those years he’s been a large part of the com­mu­nity and what drives it.

She said he will no doubt be sorely missed.

White­head said it’s stag­ger­ing to think of the amount of time he spent at get­ting the Grav­els Trail de­vel­oped into the beau­ti­ful fa­cil­ity it is to­day.

“What a beau­ti­ful legacy to leave,” she said.

A Face­book post from the town said Danny, whose full life spanned 65 years, loved his wife Mary and fam­ily, serv­ing his com­mu­nity, vol­un­teer­ing his time in sup­port of com­mu­nity projects and liv­ing life to the fullest de­spite his phys­i­cal chal­lenges.

Born and raised in Port au Port, the con­stant val­ues that graced Danny’s life were un­fail­ing cour­tesy to­ward oth­ers and a will­ing­ness to ex­tend a help­ing hand to any­one who needed it.

Mc­Cann was re­mem­bered for his pride in his grand­chil­dren, who were in­vari­ably greeted with a warm smile and a gen­tle hug, his en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit that al­lowed him to own and op­er­ate a suc­cess­ful small busi­ness (D&M Va­ri­ety), de­vel­op­ing the Grav­els Walk­ing Trail — a com­mu­nity walk­ing trail en­joyed by hun­dreds of users daily.

Also, his gen­eros­ity in the cre­ation of the Grav­els De­vel­op­ment Group that pro­vided vol­un­teer stew­ard­ship of the Grav­els Walk­ing Trail, Rest Stop and Our Lady of Mercy Com­plex for more than 12 years.

Re­mem­bered is his will­ing­ness dur­ing his 32 years as town clerk to serve his com­mu­nity and do hon­est work, no mat­ter how hum­ble, a love of com­mu­nity that was so strong that he ded­i­cated much of his own life and his fam­ily’s to make Port au Port a bet­ter place to live.

Mc­Cann took plea­sure in even the sim­plest fam­ily gath­er­ings. Found­ing the an­nual Grand Ole’ Port au Port Opry and the an­nual Christ­mas Con­cert were two of his great joys.

His large pres­ence at the Port au Port Agri­cul­tural Fall Fair will also be missed.

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Danny Mc­Cann of the Grav­els De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee is seen in this un­dated file photo ad­dress­ing the Stephenville Ro­tary Club. Res­i­dents of Port au Port West-Aguathuna-Felix Cove are re­mem­ber­ing Mc­Cann, who died on Wed­nes­day, for his com­mu­nity ded­i­ca­tion.

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