EAST LIVERPOOL - Surrounded by his loving family, local realtor and entrepreneur James R. Cannon, 78, died Sunday, July 15, 2012 at his Sharon Drive home.
Born March 29, 1934 in East Liverpool, he was the son of the late Joseph and Violet Fey Cannon and was a lifetime area resident.
Jim attended Horace Mann School, graduating with the East Liverpool High School Class of 1952 and was a member of East Liverpool High School Alumni Association. Since childhood, Jim worshipped at St. Ann's Catholic Church, where he was a member until the church's recent closure, at which time he became a member of Holy Trinity Parish.
Jim retired in 1982 from the cold strip department at Crucible Steel Co. where he had worked many years. He also worked for various local Realtors until opening his own business, Jim Cannon Realty, which he owned and operated on St. Clair Avenue until his illness.
Jim was known for always having some sort of deal going. If he was sitting and speaking to someone, he was most likely letting them in on his latest plan.
In addition to buying and selling homes and rental properties, he started Shirt Shack and Gift Shop in Calcutta and made souvenirs and mementoes of local attractions such as Alumni Clock Tower and Mountaineer Gaming Resort with a kiln at his home. When he wasn't working or making a business deal, Jim could be found enjoying his passion for gambling, either playing the slots or betting the horses, also serving as a tour guide for numerous bus tours to various casinos.
An avid gardener, Jim's Sharon Drive neighbors all loved the tomatoes he shared with them every summer. He also served as a volunteer firefighter at one time.
Jim was an avid Steelers fan and loved attending Beaver Local High School football games. He could also often be found rooting for one or another of his grandchildren at any number of athletic fields over the years.
His wife, Sherrill K. Dawson Cannon, whom he married March 26, 1971, preceded him in death March 23, 2005.
Although a successful businessman, Jim's true legacy will be his children and grandchildren, who demonstrated their dedication to his care-giving throughout his illness and especially his final days. They continue his tradition of success in a variety of professions providing service to the community or their country.
He will be sadly missed by his devoted children: three daughters, Cathy Gilkinson and her husband Tom and Vickie Bock and her husband Dan, both of Calcutta; Patricia A. Bobby and her husband, Mike of Glenmoor; two sons, James "Jasper" Cannon and his fiance Shelly Paswell, and Michael Cannon and his wife Melissa, both of Calcutta.
Also missing Jim are 11 grandchildren: Amy Hitchcock and her husband, Terry; Lori Kutchmark and her husband Eric; Matthew Gilkinson; Nicholas Gilkinson and his wife, Nicole; Joe Bock and his wife, Nellie; Sara Kelly and her husband Brian; Tyler Bock; Logan Bobby; Casey Bobby; Kaydon Bobby and Karlee Cannon, as well as 11 great-grandchildren: Alissa, Ashley and Gavin Hitchcock; Alizabeth Elliott; Zachary Noonan; Colton Kutchmark; Lucas and Lainie Bock; Raelynn Williams; and Hannah and Alexa Kelly.
Also surviving are a brother, Joseph Cannon and his wife, Gloria, of West Covina, California; three brothers-in-law, Tom Dawson and his wife ShaFan of Orlando; Rick Dawson and his wife, Dona, of East Liverpool; and James Dawson and his wife, Leslie, of East Liverpool; and a sister-in-law, Sue Ollis of East Liverpool.
Friends may visit Wednesday afternoon and evening at Dawson Funeral Home, where the family will be present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Father George Balasko will conduct services at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery.
Following the services, family and friends will gather at Dawson Family Center for fellowship.
View Jim's memorial website and send condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.