MCCANN, William Leonard Sean - On Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the age of 83, surrounded by his loving family, William Leonard Sean McCann stepped onto the next stage.
Loving husband of 51 years to Andrée Paquet.
Cherished father of Jeff Telford (Kim), Marie (Pete Eastmure), Bridget (Mike Girard), Jonas and Jeremiah.
Adored grandpa of Holly, Sophie, Ryan, Jacquie, Maddy Amélie, Kathleen, Julien, Charlotte, Mezz and Nathan.
Loving son of the late Alta Tobin and Jack McCann. Beloved brother of Robert (Rita), Jack (Gennie), Teresa (Bill Holden) Mary Lou (Ernie Spickett), Noreen (Tony Cardillo), Sister Catherine, and Rita (Carl St. Pierre) and brother-in- law to Gemma, Jean Paul (Andrée), Rolande and Raymond (Louise).
He loved his many nieces and nephews.
Sean was an actor on stage and screen, known for roles in hundreds of productions such as Night Heat, Tommy Boy, Chicago and Naked Lunch. Sean said the role for which he was most proud was Prime Minister Mackenzie King in Donald Britain’s The King Chronicles.
Sean is a recipient of the Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement in Television Acting.
One day at a time, throughout his 57 grateful years of sobriety, Sean was a pillar of the Alcoholics Anonymous community in Toronto. Sean helped, and was helped by thousands of men and women in their spiritual journey of recovery through the 12 Steps of AA.
Sean was fiercely proud of his Irish heritage and had a lifelong love of reading, politics and learning. Sean’s Catholic faith sustained him throughout his life.
Sean’s life-long passion for baseball began at the age of five when he and his mother would cross the Ambassador Bridge to watch Tiger games in Detroit. He later turned his allegiance to his beloved Toronto Blue Jays. When he became a scout, and later an ambassador for the Toronto Blue Jays, he was privileged to see most of the home games from his seat above the dugout. He loved coaching baseball at Leaside.
All of his varied interests never diminished his love for his fellow actors. He admired all of those dreamers whose livelihoods depend so much on nothing other than their ability to recreate reality by pretending.
Sean’s family would like to thank the staff of Toronto Western Hospital for their care in his final days on this earth.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 16th from 2 to 5 pm at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, Toronto.
A funeral mass will be held on Monday, June 17th at 11 am at the Blessed Sacrament Parish, 24 Cheritan Ave., Toronto.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Actors’ Fund of Canada are appreciated.