Cannon, Irving Lee .
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Irving Lee Cannon of Weston, CT, age 81, died at home on March 21st, 2014 surrounded by family. He was the son of the late Helen and Paul Cannon of Lakehurst, NJ and was predeceased by his sister Barbara Cannon Rolstad of Naples, FL.
Irv graduated from the University of Michigan in 1955 with a degree in Business Administration and was an avid Wolverine fan thereafter. At Michigan, he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity where he developed lifelong friendships. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force through the ROTC program and earned his wings in 1957. He served three years in the Air Force, a portion of which was at Phalsbourg Airforce Base in France where he developed an interest in learning the French language as well as the history and culture of the country. After completing his military career, he became a co-pilot with American Airlines and shortly thereafter was promoted to captain. He retired in 1993 after 34 years in a job he truly loved. Having achieved the highest level of seniority in his role at American, he spent the year prior to retirement flying the 747 from New York to Paris where he was able to practice his French and enjoy the city he loved.
Irv was a warm, loving husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend. He had a wit all his own, was curious, intelligent and kind. He truly was the quintessential captain in every aspect and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Wilson Cannon, two sons, Mark Livingston Cannon (his wife, Margaret) of Weston, Scott Wagner Cannon of Fairfield, a daughter, Nancy Elizabeth Cannon of Weston, two grandchildren, Elizabeth Leigh Cannon, and John Wilson Cannon of Weston, his sister Marlene Cannon Fisher and her husband, Roger, of New Providence, NJ.
A memorial service will be held on May 3rd at 11A.M. at the Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, CT in celebration of his life.
Published in Westport News from Apr. 9 to Apr. 11, 2014