George McGann
George McGann
George McGann
George McGann

Obituary of George McGann

Respected across Illinois and in the nations capital for his intellect, principles and wit, Michael was born July 9, 1947 in Pittsfield, confirmed in St Mary’s Parish, graduated from Pittsfield High School, served in the US Army during the Vietnam War, received his Bachelors of Science degree in American History and Masters of Science degree in Political Science from Western Illinois University and spent most of his career commuting between Pittsfield, Springfield, and Chicago.

He was active and effective in county, state and national politics from an early age, dedicating his life to social and economic justice, and retired recently as legislative liaison for the Service Employees International Union.

His friendship and counsel were highly valued in some of the highest offices in Illinois and the Unites States government. He was a foodie, art collector, student of American History, and enjoyed lively discussion, restoring the family home on South Jackson Street in Pittsfield, afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted. He was usually fun and always interesting. He lost his struggle with diseases of the heart, kidneys and liver on December 22nd. He is preceded in death by his mother Mary Josephine Hoover McGann and father George Edward McGann of Pittsfield. He is survived by his sisters Mary Margaret Robb DalPazzo of Carlinville and Kate McGann of Seattle, his brothers James McGann of Pittsfield, Patrick McGann of Anacortes, WA, and David McGann of Huntsville, TX, his niece Flynn Robb Lavigne of Springfield and nephew Christopher Robb of Tallula.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00pm on Friday, December 30th at St Mary’s Church in Pittsfield, Il with interment in Calvary cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Calvary Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left to the family at www.airsman-hires.com. The Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield is in charge of arrangements.