James A. McCann 87, of Gainesville, Florida, passed away in Gainesville on May 17, 2022. On May 20, 1934, in Boston, Massachusetts, Jim and his twin brother were born to Alwyn and Ethel McCann. He lived in Islington, Massachusetts and attended Westwood high school where Jim and his brother Jack were celebrated as the first twin eagle scouts in Massachusetts. Jim earned a B.S at the University of Massachusetts in Wildlife Management and went on to earn an M.S. and a Ph.D in Fishery/Research/Statistics at Iowa State College. He was employed by the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, the Fish and Wildlife Service and other government agencies in a variety of Fishery Research positions and received many honors and awards during his 35-year career. Jim retired as a Senior Scientist. Jim was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for fishing, and he instilled a love of nature and a respect for the environment in his children through countless family trips.
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