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William N. "Bill" Cann Jr.

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William N. "Bill" Cann Jr. Obituary
William N. "Bill" Cann Jr.

Bill Cann, 86, of The Lorelton, Wilmington, DE, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012. Bill was born in 1926 in Wilmington to William N. Cann Sr. and Ruth Miller Cann. He was the husband of the late Margaret "Peg" Cann who died in 2010.

Bill was a graduate of the Wilmington public school system where they begged him not to sing in the chorus or play a musical instrument, but they could not deter his love of jazz.

He proudly served in the Navy aboard the USS Mount Vernon (AP22) and AO-15 Kaweah. While on leave in New Orleans, he was thrilled to catch a ride north with Louis Armstrong. After his discharge from the Navy, he returned to Wilmington to join the family's business, W.N. Cann Printing. He also became owner of Cann-Erikson Bindery and then Cann Graphics.

Growing up, Bill spent his summers boating and crabbing at Port Herman on the Elk River. There his father taught him to swim by throwing him off a dock into deep water. Fortunately Bill spared his daughter that tradition. He did, however, teach his daughter how to sail, then capsize a sailboat in a canal with a huge freighter bearing down on them. Neither one of them ever swam as fast as that again.

Bill and his wife lived life fully, traveling frequently and throwing lively parties. Just prior to his death, he took a cruise around various ports of New England.

Bill was a member of the Friday Club and the Pied Mont Club where he loved to play cards.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Evelyn Martone and Miriam Cann Lane. His grandson Alexander also predeceased him.

Bill is survived by his daughter Carol Van Loon, son-in-law Joseph C. Van Loon and grandson Joseph William Van Loon of whom he was very proud for becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts at age 14. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of The Lorelton for the loving and skilled care he received while there.

Following his wishes, Bill was cremated. There will be a celebration of his life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the .

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Published in The News Journal from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2012
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