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.
Maureen was famous for her artistic exploration, often leaving a current project unfinished to move on to another, when her creative urge on one plane was satisfied and the challenge of a different realm enticed her. She believed that it was the process and not the product that held the greatest meaning.
Her life was the supreme testament to that wisdom, for she left it halfway through, passing on to better adventures, which those she left behind can only imagine.
Maureen was preceded in death by her grandparents, Stanley and Angeline (Barnes) Reid, and Dr. Hugh and Anne (Harvey) Wray-McCann; uncles, Charles and James Wray-McCann; her aunt, Mary (Morrison) Reid; and cousins, Robin Reid and Shane Wray-McCann.
She is survived by her fiancé; loving parents; sisters, Karey McCann-Goode (Alan Goode) and Eileen (Carl) Ganter; brothers, Damien (Isabel Gomes) and Christopher McCann (Patricia Wortham); nieces, Anne Raona, Colleen (Raona) Sernick (Dennis), Kira Ganter and Eva McCann; nephews, Brandon Raona, her Godson, and Ian McCann; grand-nieces, Lucia and Corina Sernick; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Maureen requested no funeral service. Instead, the family will celebrate her life with a memorial August 2014 during its annual reunion in Interlochen. Details will be available at a later date.
Donations in memory of Maureen may be made to: Munson Hospice House, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684; The Women’s Resource Center, 720 S. Elmwood #2, Traverse City, MI 49684; or any Humane Society.