GANNON, Colonel (retired) Timothy G. of McKinney, Texas, passed away January 14, 2013 at the age of 81. He was born August 1, 1931 to Peter J. Sr. and Delia (McHale) Gannon in New York, New York. Timothy served his country proudly in the United States Army for 32 years. He served in Korea, was one of the first members of the Special Forces Group and was twice sent to serve in the Vietnam War. Among other honors he served as commander of the 7th Special Forces Group, was Chief of Staff at the JFK Center at Fort Bragg, and was Commander of the Joint Special Operations Support Element (JSOSE) at MacDill AFB. After retiring from active duty he returned to serve our country as a civilian employee for the Special Operations Command at MacDill for many years. . When leaving government service Tim continued to serve his community in various volunteer activities. He is survived by his children, Timothy Gannon, Jr. and wife Marilia, Laura Harpham and husband Mike, Beth Casey and husband Dan, William Gannon and wife Laura; six grandchildren with the seventh due in June; brother, Pete Gannon, Jr. and wife Nora; sister, Anne Hill and numerous nieces, nephews and many other loving relatives. Timothy was preceded in death by his first wife Carol and second wife Maureen; parents, Peter Sr. and Delia Gannon and brother, Reverend Michael Gannon. A funeral mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2013, at St. Gabriel the Archangel, 110 St. Gabriel Way, McKinney, Texas 75071. Interment will be at Bushnell National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Street, Bushnell, Florida 33513 at a later date. To convey condolences or to sign an online registry, please visit www.tjmfuneral.com
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2013