Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 10, 2013

Maureen Frances McCann

INTERLOCHEN — Maureen Frances McCann, 48, of Interlochen, peacefully left this world Sept. 26, 2013, at her parents’ home with her family and beloved fiancé Peter Sorrell of Sermizelles, France, at her side. Maureen was born April 26, 1965, in Royal Oak, to Beverly Ann (Reid) McCann and Hugh Wray McCann.

Maureen explored many paths of creative expression during her lifetime. She studied violin, guitar, singing and drama, musical composition and costuming at the University of Michigan. She did animation work for Disney in London, where she painted Roger in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” She also contributed her work in the movies “Bebe’s Kids” and “Pagemaster”; and in the television cartoon series “The Ren and Stimpy Show” and “Two Angry Beavers” at Nickelodeon in Studio City, Calif.

Maureen branched out into costume design while in California. Whoopi Goldberg’s dress form graced a corner of her living room, and one of Maureen’s more “famous” creations was the leather trench coat worn by actor Brandon Lee in the role of Eric Draven in the 1994 film “The Crow.”

Maureen loved music and fulfilled a life-long dream in 2009 as a vocalist accompanying a team of well-known and respected rock musicians on the album Operation Aloha recorded in Hana, County Maui, Hawaii.

Maureen was instrumental in building Peter’s website and promoting his paintings in Europe and the United States. She also enjoyed overcoming the challenges of refurbishing his home in Sermizelles.

Maureen was a rescuer of unwanted dogs and cats, among them her devoted American Staffordshire terrier, Sugar, and her cats Flip and Nemo. She was an observer and lover of nature. Even more so she loved her family.

She was the first to appear in any hour of need and gave unconditionally of her love, resources and talents.

She returned to Michigan in the late 1990s to devote her life to full-time care of her grandmother, Angeline Reid, in Royal Oak and later in Interlochen, where she also cared for her parents.

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