Joan B. McCann of Hamden, passed away November 21, 2008 surrounded by her loving family at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Born on January 19, 1933 in Keene, NH, she was a daughter of the late Bernard and Marie Walsh Barrett. Joan attended Hamden High School and Larson College before entering her banking career at Union Trust Bank. She was the loving sister of Jerri Narracci and beloved mother of Richard McCann, Gerry Remer & husband Ron, Chris Martino & husband Rich, Beth Seeger & husband Dave, Joyce Lockery & husband Dave, Mary Fitzgerald & husband Michael all of Hamden and Amy Keary & husband Jim of Fairfield and Barbara Morris & husband Gene of North Attleboro, MA. She will be deeply missed by her grandchildren Dave & Matt Remer, Emily McCann, David & Katie Seeger, Andrew & Tori Morris, Molly & Robert Martino, Patrick & Kathleen Fitzgerald, Megan Lockery, Maggie, Maura, Bridget & Annie Keary and a great-granddaughter Sydney Remer. Joan also is survived by her brother in-law Steve & nephews Michael, Stephen, Robby & Ricky Narracci. She was predeceased by her sister Patty, brother Billy and husband Richard. As a longtime parishioner of St. Rita Church, she served on the parish council, the altar floral decorating committee and was a member of the folk choir. When she left banking Joan chose to be a caregiver for the elderly and for a number of years as a real estate agent. She spent her spare time helping out with her grandchildren. Her joy in life was her family and she opened her heart and home to all, to Joan it was always the more, the merrier. She loved family gatherings, holidays and parties and had a passion and talent for cooking. Family vacations were very special to her and she lovingly took the time and energy to find charming vacation homes all over New England to accommodate her ever growing family. Joan enjoyed playing games with friends and family, arts and crafts with her grandchildren, reading cookbooks, crossword puzzles, antiquing and gardening. Her funeral will leave from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Monday at 10:15 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM in the Church of St. Rita. Friends may also visit with her family at the funeral home on Sunday November 23, 2008 from 2 to 7 PM. Burial will take place in Centerville Cemetery, Hamden. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, So. Central CT Chapter, 2911 Dixwell Ave. Hamden, CT 06518 or to Conn. Hospice Inc. 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06405.

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  1. Dear Joyce and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, Ella

  2. Dear Joyce, Dave, Emily, Megan and all the McCann siblings/family: We are so very sorry to learn of the passing of your mom. I was fortunate enough to meet her on a couple of occasions at Joyce’s home, & she impressed me with her graciousness and how much love she gave to all of you, her family! Our hearts are truly sorry for your loss and please know that all of you have been in our thoughts all week long. May Joan rest in peace! Love, Your friends in PPS/Hamden B.O.E & the Van Horn Family

  3. Gerry & Family, It is with deep sadness I read about the loss of your mom. Moms are a unique blend of kindness and wisdom that we sometimes don’t fully appreciate until we have kids and grandkids of our own; and then we try to emulate them for the rest of our lives. And from what I’ve read from your family and friends, she was a wonderful role model and a terrific person. My thoughts and prays are with you and your family

  4. Gerry and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. May you find solace in the loving memories you have and comfort knowing she is now in our Lord’s care.

  5. Grammy, we all love you so much, and you will always be in our memories-thoughts-and prayers. Sometimes, when I am by myself, or with family, or friends, I can’t help but to think of the good times we have shared together because so many things remind me of you…I love you. Rest in Peace/ Love, Your Granddaughter, ~Molly <3

  6. I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Joan. We worked together in real estate. She was always positive, with a caring spirit. Many of the grandchildren’s names are familiar as she proudly spoke of them many times. My heart goes out to them and to all of you in your loss. Mike and Mary I especially send you deepest sympathy, as we had the opportunity to meet and work together. God Bless Joan and all of you. Kim Fetera

  7. I love you Grammie and I’m going to miss you so much<3 Always thinking of you, I know you're here with me and with the rest of our family

  8. Jerry, Chris, Joyce, Mary and all: I am so so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I always loved meeting up with her and talking to her. She was a beautiful person inside and out. You were very lucky to have such a wonderful Mom and I couldn’t make it to the services but wanted to say how sorry I was. She is going to be truly missed. Fondly, Mary Sue Smith FitzSimons

  9. Mom: You will be missed more than you know. You spent your life teaching your children how to love, how to give and how to care. We will do our best to continue your legacy and pass your lessons along to your grandchildren. May you find everlasting peace in your final resting place. Always in hearts – We will love you forever. Chris

  10. Mrs Mac was like a Mom to me those early years when Rich and I were trying our best to stay out of trouble.I will always remember how she was always there to provide her infinite, non-judgemental wisdom to help me build the foundation of what has made me the man I am today. She will be in my thoughts and prayers as well as Rich and the rest of the family. God Bless Bill Murray

  11. My sympathy goes out to the loved ones of Joan. She was a beautiful and wonderful lady. Always so pleasant to talk with.

  12. To Joan’s family – I worked with this classy lady at Coldwell Banker in two locations in Hamden and Wallingford. She had a wry sense of humor and was a delight to be around. We continued on for quite a while having lunches together until last year. All the galpals will miss her. We share your loss.

  13. To Joan’s family, I was sorry to hear that Joan passed away. I met your Mom when I joined the Folk Group at St. Rita’s. She was such a nice person and a pleasure to sing with. It’s been many years since those days. On this Easter Sunday, the mass at 930 will be said for your Mom and the Folk Group will be singing that mass. I think Joan would have liked that and will be with us in spirit.

  14. To the McCann family: My deepest sympathies to each of you at this very difficult time. May you find comfort in your memories of mom, and the love and support of your family and friends. Deepest Condolences, Rich Avery

  15. I was terribly sorry to hear of Aunt Joan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Aunt Joan was one of the most loving and caring women I have ever met. She had unmatchable strength and courage, with the wryest wit around – a true inspiration. Aunt Joan-I hope Heaven has an internet connection so you can know how dear you were to me! All my love, Karen .May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.. -Trad Irish

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