Mike McCann, Former Balt-Washington Food Broker, Dies at 81

Mike McCann

Michael Joseph McCann Jr., retired food broker and a major presence in the Baltimore-Washington market for more than 30 years, passed away last month at the age of 81.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Laurel Springs, NJ, McCann graduated from Camden Catholic High School and attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. His first food industry job was working in the stores for Acme Markets while still in high school in the late 1950s. After college, he began his full-time career as a sales rep for Hudson Paper. In the early 1970s, he relocated to the Baltimore-Washington area and soon formed his own food brokerage, McCann Sales based in Millersville, MD.

In 1991, he merged his business with RMI, Inc., the large food brokerage organization led by Dick McCready. McCann and McCready went on to form new brokerage affiliates including CBS/McCready Marketing, REM and Advantage/ESM where McCann held the roles of either president or vice chairman.


McCann retired from the business in 2006.

In his retirement years he continued to live in Queenstown, MD on the Eastern Shore with his wife Mackie. He enjoyed boating (he belonged to the Annapolis Yacht Club for more than 50 years), golfing and skiing.

Mike McCann is survived by his wife; three sons – Michael, Kevin and Brendon; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers.