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Longboat Key Thursday, May 7, 2009 11 years ago

For 25 years, volunteer did things by the book

by: Robin Hartill Managing Editor

When the Longboat Library prepared for special events, its volunteers called on fellow helper Irene McCann.

She was known for her calligraphy, and library volunteers knew they could count on her to make a beautiful sign. Her handwriting advertised book sales and luncheons. She made the name cards that volunteers put up at the checkout desk whenever they are on duty.

“She took such pride in the signs that she would make,” said Pat Howatt, former president of the library. “And she loved doing it.”

McCann died April 10. She was 92. Born Jan. 31, 1917, she was a former resident of Barrington, R.I., and Attleboro, Mass.

McCann began volunteering for the library in 1983. In addition to making signs, she worked at the checkout desk and served as the library’s longtime treasurer. She retired from her role as treasurer last year and was honored for her 25 years of service.

“(The library) was part of her life,” said fellow volunteer Ruth Strauss.
McCann is survived by her husband, Donald; sons, John and Donald Jr.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial gathering will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Fla. 34228.

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