James F. Cannon

December 1, 2012

JAMES F. CANNON – age 93, in Woburn, December 1st. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen M. (McCarthy) Cannon. Devoted father of James Cannon and his wife Sally of Deerfield, NH, Lynn Larrabee and her husband Stephen of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, John Cannon and his wife Lynne of Londonderry, NH, Stephen Cannon of Woburn, and the late Susan Cannon. Dear brother of Robert and his wife Clare and Mary Mulrenan and her husband William, all of Woburn, and the late Francis, Rev. John, Thomas, and William Cannon, Margaret Boviard, Nora Mossman, Catherine Dery, Marion Ward, and Anna O’Connor. Also survived by his sisters-in-law, Sally, Sonja and Barbara Cannon, seven grandchildren, Shawn and Sherri Cannon, Scott and Jessica Larrabee, Jarad and Justin Cannon, and Sarah Doughty, and many nieces and nephews and their families. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, December 6th at 9:15 a.m. Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Calling hours Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, New England Chapter, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. www.jdrf.org/baystate

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OBITUARY:

James F. “Jim” Cannon of Woburn passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, at his home on Saturday, December 1st. The beloved husband of the late Kathleen M. (McCarthy) Cannon, who died last year, he was ninety-three years of age.

Born in Woburn, Jim was one of twelve children of the late Patrick and Nora (Parson) Cannon. He attended St. Charles School and graduated from Woburn High School. As a young man he was a talented baseball player and played semi-professional ball for several years.

For over forty years he was employed by the MBTA as a driver and in a variety of other positions. Prior to his retirement in 1982, he worked in the vault, handling monetary duties. He was proud to have had the privilege of driving President Kennedy on his last visit to Boston.

Jim was a feisty, fun-loving gentleman with a sharp sense of humor. He was an amazing storyteller, and was the center of attention at any gathering, surrounded by a rapt audience of listeners. Proud of his Irish heritage, he traveled many times with his wife and other family members to Ireland. Following his retirement, he and Kathleen spent winter months in Deerfield Beach, Florida. They also took many trips to visit their daughter Lynn and her family in California, and traveled extensively with her as well. Summers were spent at their cottage at Long Lake in Bridgton, Maine, where Jim was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Salmon Point.”

Although Jim always considered himself too young be be a grandfather, he was delighted to spend time with each of his grandchildren, who lovingly called him “Pal” or “J.J.” His vibrant personality and zest for life endeared him to all who knew him. He greeted everyone he met with a smile and made them feel welcomed. Jim enjoyed a wonderful relationship with his eleven siblings, and could often be found golfing with one of his brothers.

He was a longtime member of the Woburn Lodge of Elks and the Irish American Club of Woburn.

Preceding him in death, along with his beloved wife Kathleen, to whom he was devoted for over sixty-four years, were a daughter, Susan Cannon, his grandson, Christopher Larrabee, four brothers: Francis, Rev. John, Thomas, and William Cannon, and five sisters: Margaret Boviard, Nora Mossman, Catherine Dery, Marion Ward, and Anna O’Connor.

Surviving are four children: James Cannon and his wife Sally of Deerfield, New Hampshire, Lynn Larrabee and her husband Stephen of Palos Verdes Estates, California, John Cannon and his wife Lynne of Londonderry, New Hampshire, and Stephen Cannon of Woburn. He also leaves a brother, Robert Cannon and his wife Clare, and a sister, Mary Mulrenan and her husband William, all of Woburn, and sisters-in-law, Sally, Sonja and Barbara Cannon. He was the cherished grandfather of Shawn and Sherri Cannon, Scott and Jessica Larrabee, Jarad and Justin Cannon, and Sarah Doughty, and leaves many nieces and nephews and their families.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Thursday, December 6th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 10. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, New England Chapter, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. www.jdrf.org/baystate

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  1. Such a dear dear friend. Our family enjoyed many years at Salmon Point while enjoying Jim’s company and his whole family. My children were friends with his children and
    had good times together.

    Such a wonderful man will be dearly missed by many!

    My sympayhies to his family and my love to them all.
    Love to you all,
    Beverly Ralph

  2. Such a dear dear friend. Our family enjoyed many years at Salmon Point while enjoying Jim’s company and his whole family. My children were friends with his children and
    had good times together.

    Such a wonderful man will be dearly missed by many!

    My sympayhies to his family and my love to them all.
    Love to you all,
    Beverly Ralph

  3. Jim & Kathleen Cannon and their family are a huge part of my summer childhood memories on Long Lake in Bridgton ME. Their daughter Susan was my age and a wonderful summer childhood friend and still missed after all these years. I wish I could attend the services but won’t be able to. To all of their awesome children, my sincere condolences. He always made me laugh. My heart is with all of you for the loss of now both of your parents. With much love, Denise (Ralph) Kearns, North Waterboro, Maine

  4. I’m sure Kathleen, Susan, your mother and my mother were all in line prepared to welcome you with each of their distinctive warm greetings. My mother had no favorities among her 6 sisters, 6 brothers, their spouses, her neices and nephews, all were loved by her.
    James, I think you and mom had the longest living history together; infants,children, teenages and then adults. Always a part of each others lives, always a positive, supportive relationship between the two of you. How she eagerly awaited your late afternoon visits which continued for “many, many years.”
    James at this moment you are probably being recruited for their next card game.

    Love and truly will miss you, but between God and your family who have been waiting for you the best is yet to come.

    Love Renee

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