Dr. Rosanne Dolimount Ruelokke McCann

July 6, 2016


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.



2-4 p.m. on July 10, 2016

7-9 p.m. on July 10, 2016

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Monday July 11th

St. James United Church

Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Rev. Terrie Burry Jackson officiating


4:00pm, Monday July 11th

Newfoundland Railway Coastal Museum

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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Renee Mercer

So sorry to hear of Dr. McCann’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God Bless.

Millett & Freda King

Frank & all of the family,
Please accept our deepest condolences, we are so sorry for your loss.

Mary Foley

To the Family:
Thinking of you in your time of sadness. I was a student of Dr. McCann at MUN. She was an excellent teacher in every sense of the word. She was always very kind and understanding! May she rest in peace!
Mary Foley

Marie-Beth (Green) Wright

Sincere condoleances on the passing of a lady whom I respected and admired greatly. Dr. Ruelokke MCann was never one to leave her talents in the ground and with an amazing work ethnic and willingness to trailblaze she carved out a remarkable life.
I remember her kindness and down to earth approach to life. God speed.

Lloyd and Georgina Hines

We were sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you.

Kimberley Loder (Hickman)

To the McCann Family,
My deepest sympathies on the passing of my dear great aunt Rose. I have fond memories of her not only as my aunt but also as my early childhood professor in the Faculty of Education at MUN . She will be sadly missed.

Keith and Joan Welsh

Max,Beatrice and Family,
So sorry to hear this sad news. Your mom truly was an awesome lady. To Keith she was always,Aunt Rose,to me she was my teacher,professor,mentor and friend and was very dear to us.We are sorry we are unable to visit at this time but hope to see you soon. Cherish your memories of which we know you have many ,and she will continue to live in your hearts.Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Keith and Joan

Jim Miller & Bonnie James

Max & Beatrice

Max, our condolences to you and your family with the loss of you mother. Our thoughts are with you

Jim & Bonnie

Gary Reddy

To Max and family,

Hi Max – Please accept my most sincere condolences in the passing of your mother. Dan was in touch with me and mentioned. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.


Ed McCann

Max, sympathy to you and your family at this sad time.

Dr. Linda Coles

Dr. Phil McCann, Max Ruelokke, and other family members,

I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of a very remarkable person in Dr. Rosanne Ruelokke McCann.

I will always remember her as an exceptional professor and mentor, both during my undergraduate years, and as my supervisor for my Master’s degree. Her commitment to Early Childhood Education led her to initiate a core focus in Early Childhood Education for the Masters level program and I was fortunate enough to be one of the graduate students in that program, thanks to Dr. Rosanne.

Over the years I have enjoyed many conversations with Dr. McCann. I will miss her.

There is no doubt that her part of the world is a better place because she lived.

Sincere condolences,

Linda Coles

Bonnie and Roger Winsor

Max, Beatrice and family, so sorry to hear about your mothers passing. We know how much that she meant to you. She was a great lady. May she rest in peace and we hope you find comfort in your memories of her.

Bonnie and Roger Winsor

Bev Fraize

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. McCann’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Phil McCann and all other family members. She was a very cherished member of the Faculty of Education.