H. Ray McCann

April 02, 1936 ‒ December 30, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Ray McCann, age 82, of Mount Vernon, Ohio passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at the Laurels of Mount Vernon. He was born on April 2, 1936 in Tazewell, Virginia to the late Henry and Golda (Myers) McCann.

Ray went to school and graduated from Centerburg High School. After graduation he went to work for BF Goodrich in Mount Vernon.  Later he started working for the Mount Vernon News in the advertising department before retiring.  He loved slick cars, going to car shows and the Ohio State Buckeyes.  He was a member of the Center Lodge #86 F&AM in Johnstown, Ohio and would attend meetings at the Mount Zion Lodge #9 F&AM.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn (Piper) McCann; his daughter, Traci (Howard) Knox; a brother, Lynn (Sandy) McCann; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Ray is preceded in death by his brothers, Ross and Ronnie McCann; and a sister, Bernise Spearman.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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  • To the family of Ray:
    So sorry to hear about Ray, he was always very personable and respectful to others. We are always so sad to hear of a loss of one of Centerburg High Schools own.
    God bless you all.

  • I enjoyed Ray, and “Mrs. Ray”, as I would call her, when they would come into Wendy’s when I worked here. He always had a great smile and always enjoyed talking to others. I, also, believe he was a regular at Jody’s when I worked there, as well.

    I’m sorry to read of his passing; may good memories comfort you, his family.

    Roger Marra

  • Condolences to the McCann family … Ray and I had a great relationship when he worked at Mount Vernon News … Many conversations over many topics … Always a gentleman … We we’re so fortunate that our paths crossed …

    Dick/Nancy Laslo

  • JoAnn and families, so sorry to hear of the passing of Ray. He was on the board of Knox County Board of Elections when I was either Director or Deputy Director. Fred and I will remember you in our prayers. He was very respectful and nice person.

  • Dear JoAnn,

    Your Ray made friends of most everyone he met. We always felt we were lucky to know you both most of our lives, to spend time together and break bread most summers. We will always remember our time together and Ray’s charm and warmth.

    We wish you our deepest sympathy and hope you find comfort in your love and faith.

    Love, Janice and Tom

  • Dear JoAnn and Family — We have all lost a good guy. Ray was always so friendly and he truthfully never met a stranger. Have known you both for many years, and always looked forward to meeting either one or both of you when we would be at the same place at the same time. Good memories of you both. Take care, and we are sending you our deepest sympathy and friendship. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Dear JoAnn & Family and Lynn & Family,
    We are truly saddened to learn of your loss. Ray was such a fine friendly person, always positive and never knew a stranger. Indeed he will be missed by all who knew him. Please accept our deepest sympathy in his passing. We pray that your most precious memories and God’s love might sustain you at this difficult time.
    Most sincerely,
    Larry & Nancy Vail

  • Ray was always a highlight to my day when he came into Wendy’s. I appreciated every moment I got to spend talking to him and he always left a smile on my face, even on my hardest days.

  • Enjoyed talking to Ray when I would see him. He liked to hang out in our garage years ago where my dad and lots of guys worked on their cars! He, Ron and Ross were nice guys. Lynn, so sorry to hear this. Last time I saw him he told me he had health problems. He will be missed.,

  • I am sad to hear about Ray. He used to come into friendlys all the time when I worked there. He was always so nice. He remembered me even after years of not seeing me. He will be missed by many.

  • I’ve known Ray for many years and always enjoyed talking with him in McDonald’s. He was a super guy with a great sense of humor and always fun to be around. May you hold the happy memories close to your heart now and in the days to come.

  • So very sorry to hear about Ray. When I worked with Ray at The Mount Vernon News (late ‘s70s and early ’80s) he was an enjoyable co-worker. He was friendly, fun-loving and always had a smile on his face.

  • Ray of sunshine, he was. I am still smiling as I write this. What an amazing soul. I hope that everyone who knew him will take a piece of that spirit and pass it on. That’s what he would want.
    We will miss him dearly.

  • Dear JoAnn, Traci, and family, We were very sad to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a fun loving, kind, and wonderful man as you know. May God bless you and comfort you during this very difficult time. Love, Valerie, Russ, and Evie McManis

  • Remembering the good times playing cards with you Joann, Ray,and sister Barb and also good memories being neighbors on our farms in Johnstown. May God comfort you and brother Lynn’s family in this time of sadness. Bill and Brenda Conard.