Bertram McCann, a 40-year resident of Marina del Rey and owner of Charter Connections and Film Boats, died at his home Tuesday, August 1st, of cancer.
He had celebrated his 64th birthday on July 28th. He was born in 1942.
An ashes-at-sea ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, August 13th. Boats will leave promptly from the dock at the rear of the Harbor House Restaurant, at the corner of Admiralty Way and Palawan Way, Marina del Rey.
Memorial gifts may be given in McCann’s name to the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice 90291 or Theatre for a Difference, 5010 Pacific Ave., Marina del Rey 90292.
McCann was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.
He was born in Germany and came to Pacific Palisades at age seven.
He did some film production work and decided to go to New York, ending up in New Jersey.
He got a job with Steve Gold, who was working on a movie called War, but did not get the chance to be a producer, so he turned to creating large posters.
After meeting Jimmy Hendrix at a pop music festival, McCann and Hendrix formed a company called Electric Lady Studios.
A later company called House Gnomes allowed McCann to work on interior designs in Pierre Cardin’s Paris home and Peter Bergman’s home.
McCann worked on 500 film productions before returning to Marina del Rey to form companies that arranged for boats to be used in film productions.
His charitable activities included whale-watching trips for children from the Boys & Girls Club of Venice and holding dragon boat races in the Marina channel to raise money for the club.
He served on the club’s board of directors from 1991 through 2003 and on the club’s “Locomotion for Kids” committee.
McCann also founded a nonprofit theatre group for at-risk youths called Theatre for a Difference and served as a board member for Venice Beach, City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department.
Other activities involved the Screen Actors Guild, the Film Advisory Board and various boating and community groups.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe once presented McCann with a commendation for inviting production managers to Marina del Rey to seek out sites for film shoots and for helping set up a Marina exhibit booth at the Location Expo, held in downtown Los Angeles.
McCann is survived by his mother Laura McCann, brother Oliver, daughters Danielle of Colorado and Keura of Marina del Rey, grandchildren Treven and Jenna of Colorado, and nephew Noah of Marina del Rey.