Dr. Rosanne Dolimount Ruelokke McCann, retired Professor, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, completed her life journey on July 6, 2016 at the Palliative Care Unit, Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre, St. John’s with her family at her bedside. Remembering with beautiful memories of a wonderful and gracious lady are her husband, Dr. Phillip McCann, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, son Max Ruelokke and his wife Beatrice (nee Moore), grandchildren: Karl and his wife Kimberley MacLeod-Ruelokke, Ingrid and her husband Dr. Sean Murphy; great-grandchildren: Makenna and Danielle Ruelokke, Roan and great-grandchild to-be Ruelokke Murphy; sisters and brother: Maude Welsh (Benjamin, deceased), Dartmouth, N.S., Ruby Vallis (William, deceased), St. John’s, Ann King (Aubrey, deceased), Ethel (James) Brown and Frank (Pearl) Dolimount, all of Grand Bank; sister-in-law Eileen McCann, Birkenhead, England, and many nieces and nephews of the Dolimount and Ruelokke families, other family and friends, including her neighbours on Prince Charles Place, particularly Mrs. Marie Simms, and Beatrice’s relatives, the family of the late Clarence and Florence Moore, Clarke’s Beach. Dr. McCann was preceded in death by her sisters and brother: Rita (Samuel) Almeda of Halifax, Millie (James) Sellars of St. John’s, Margaret (Kenneth) Sellars of Kitchener, Ont., Elsie (Clayton) Rodway of Corner Brook and John (Carrie) Dolimount of Grand Bank. Dr. McCann was born on January 12, 1929, the ninth of eleven children, to Abraham (1891-1959) and Charlotte (Penwell) (1894-1992) Dolimount of Grand Bank, the community where she grew up, attended school and later taught at the John Burke Regional High School. Upon graduation with her Education Degree in 1964, she was approached by then Dean Hickman to teach in the Early Childhood Division of the Education Faculty at Memorial University. Throughout her career, Dr. McCann remained committed to the advancement of Early Childhood Education in Newfoundland. In 1969, Dr. McCann was awarded a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, New York, USA and in July, 1979 was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Leicester, Leicester, U.K. Many graduates of the Faculty of Education at Memorial will remember Dr. McCann’s contribution to their education through her classroom lectures, tutorials in the Master’s of Education program and significant role in the development and success of the Harlow campus in the UK. During her tenure at Memorial, Dr. McCann maintained an active interest in all aspects of university life, including a period as Associate Dean of Education and serving on the Board of Regents. Truly a career well respected and a life well lived! Dr. McCann’s family want to say a special “Thank You!” to her family physician, Dr. Patrick O’Shea, who provided wonderful care, support and guidance; to Debbie Humphries, care-giver extraordinaire, and to the kind, considerate and caring staff at the Dr. L.A. Miller Centre Palliative Care Unit, all of whom eased her passage through the last stages of her journey through life. Dr. McCann will be resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, Freshwater Road on Sunday, July 10, 2016 with visitation from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Single Parent Association of Newfoundland. Funeral Service will take place at St. James United Church, Elizabeth Avenue, on Monday July 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm, with interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Rev. Terrie Burry Jackson officiating. Following interment, friends are invited to join Dr. McCann’s family for a gathering at the Newfoundland Railway Coastal Museum, 495 Water Street, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm as we reminisce and celebrate her life and accomplishments.
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Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Rev. Terrie Burry Jackson officiating
Following interment, friends are invited to join Dr. McCann’s family for a gathering at the Newfoundland Railway Coastal Museum, 495 Water Street, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm as we reminisce and celebrate her life and accomplishments.