Gibbons Family Funeral Home, Ltd.
5917 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634-2618

Phone:(773) 777-3944

Fax:(773) 777-3295


John M. McCann

John M. McCann, 96; beloved husband of the late Catherine “Cay” nee Gibbons; loving father of Kevin (Carol), John P. (Gretchen) and Mary Erin (Terry) Stassen; cherished grandfather of Molly Kay (Sean) Lightner, Erin Kathleen (Jonas) Shook, Claire Catherine (Patrick) Kleszynski, Meghan Maureen (Matthew) Frizzell, Maggie May (Douglas) Diedrick, Maura Ellen, Rachel Evelyn and Bridget Rose; adoring great grandfather of Nolan, Will, Jake, Luke, Jack, Claire, Declan, Ronan, Emmett; dear brother of Regina (the late Richard) Powers, and Mary Katherine (the late Thomas) Hohman and the late Robert (Marian), James (Joan), Peggy, and Tommy; fond uncle of many; Longtime educator and  Chicago Public School principal. WWII Navy Veteran; Member DePaul University Athletics Hall of Fame; Member Hoop Historians. Visitation Monday from 9:30 AM until Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM at St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, 411 N. Wheeling Rd., Prospect Heights. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Gibbons Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude, Misericordia or to your favorite charity. For info 773-777-3944 or

A live stream of the funeral mass can be found HERE on the St. Alphonsus Ligouri Facebook page

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Funeral Visitation & Mass
Saint Alphonsus Liguori
411 N. Wheeling Road
Prospect Heights, IL

Queen of Heaven Cemetery
1400 S. Wolf Rd

This post has 2 comments
Kathy Henriksen
26 Jul 2021

Mary, your dad was definitely one of “The Greats”! I’ll always remember his kindness, generosity and wonderful stories. He will be missed by many. Keep his memories close to your heart. He’s on to the next phase with your mom. My prayers and loving thoughts to the entire McCann family.

Walter John Osterman
29 Jul 2021

Rest easy, John. Your time as Thomas/Headley Principal was a wonderful time for me as a new teacher. You put up with a lot of stuff from me but you maintained your fairness and understanding as a educational leader. I have many fond memories of our time(s) together. Your best quote to me was, “I don’t care what you wear to work as long as it is with a necktie”; I wore some duzzies just to get back at you. Great fun. Godspeed Mr. McCann, John.


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