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BUCKSPORT - Paul R. McCann passed away peacefully on the morning of August 3rd, 2015, with his three daughters at his side. Paul was born November 18, 1930 in Bucksport, the youngest child of Thomas and Anna (Sheehan) McCann.

He graduated from Bucksport High School in 1950. Paul knew from the age of 12 that we wanted to be a fireman and, at age 16, skipped school and hitchhiked to helped fight the Great Fire of 1947 in Bar Harbor. On September 4th 1950, Paul married Delphine "Cuffy" Cyr, and they were married for 56 years. Paul and Cuffy had three daughters, Debbie, Donna and Liz. Paul joined the Bucksport Fire Department in 1951 and actively served in the department for over 50 years, serving as Captain, Assistant Fire Chief, and Chief from 1974-1992 up until his retirement, and with continued service after. Paul also was the Fire Chief at the Bucksport Mill from 1975-1992. Paul served as a Director and President of the Hancock County Fire Fighters Association, and as a Director with the Maine State Fire Chiefs Association. Paul was instrumental in the creation of the Bucksport Ambulance Service. He served as Town Councilor for the Town of Bucksport. Paul was named the Greater Bucksport Chamber of Commerce "Man of the Year" in 1992. He was vice-president of the Bucksport Senior Citizens Association. In 2006, the Bucksport Fire Department named its training room after Paul, in recognition of his more than 50 years of service and his efforts toward firefighter training.

Paul had so much to be proud of, but he was always most proud of his family. Paul was predeceased by his parents, his wife Cuffy in 2007, his sisters Elizabeth Duncan, Eleanor Umphrey and Jane Burpee, his brother Daniel "Bud" McCann, and an infant twin sister.

He is survived by his adoring daughters, who took care of him in his final days so that he could be at home as he wished, Deborah Valenoti and husband Robert, Donna McCann, and Elizabeth McCann. He is survived by his beloved grandchildren, Paul Bissonnette and wife Sarah, Alicia Handy and Josh Trundy, Kate Harmon and husband James, Abbee Howes and husband Jason, Jason Tweedie and wife Heather, and Marcus Tweedie and his wife Melissa. He is survived by 15 great-grandchildren in whom he took the greatest pride of all, Marie, William and Emma Bissonnette, Bryce Harmon, Kamryn and Sadie Howes, Alexis and Tanner Handy and Rebecka Trundy, Laycee, Austin and Blake Tweedie, and Aiden, Aivah and AceLynne Tweedie. Paul is also survived by his former sons-in-law Arthur Bissonnette and Douglas Tweedie, and former granddaughter-in-law Kelly Perry. Paul is also survived by several brothers and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his rescue dog Holly and rescue cat Belle. Paul considered the firefighters of the Bucksport Fire Department and the men and women of the Public Safety Department, past and present, his second family.

Visiting hours will be from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Thursday, August 6th at Mitchell Tweedie Funeral Home. Services will be Friday, August 7th at 11:00 AM at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center at Bucksport Middle School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations in Paul's memory be made to the Bucksport Fire and Rescue Association, PO Box 1848 Bucksport ME 04416. (mitchelltweedie-young.com)
Published on  August 5, 2015
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