Robert L. "Bob" Cannon Jr.
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HEBRON — Robert L. "Bob" Cannon Jr., 75, of Hebron died Wednesday, June 15, 2011, surrounded by his loving family at Peninsula Regional Medical Center after a brave two-year battle with cancer. Born in Salisbury on Jan. 13, 1936, he was the son of the late Helma Parsons Cannon and Robert Lee Cannon Sr.
Bob graduated from Wicomico High School in 1954 and attended Salisbury State Teachers College (SU) and Trenton, N.J., State College. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army for three years; worked as a retail manager for JC Penny for 12 years and was also a real estate broker for many years in Salisbury. He later became a licensed practical nurse, graduating from the Eastern Shore State Hospital School of Nursing in 1984. He worked at Eastern Shore State Hospital in Cambridge and as an advocate for the chronically mentally ill at Go-Getters Inc. in Salisbury until his retirement in 1998. He continued to be a support to several of the members there since his retirement. Bob was also a past president of the Ocean City Rotary Club.
He had many interests and hobbies throughout his life. He and his wife, Lou, enjoyed traveling the country in their motor home, visiting family and friends; he appreciated all types of good music, his favorites were classical and jazz; he loved to dance, especially the "jitterbug;" he liked shopping for bargains at yard sales and thrift stores and was a collector of many things, especially baseball cards; he enjoyed gardening and spent many hours tending the flower beds in his yard. He loved a good joke and always kept his unique sense of humor even through the valleys of his life.
He leaves his loving wife, Lou Cannon; a son, Christopher Cannon of Laurel; a daughter, Erin Cannon Erdman (Troy) of Princeton, Minn.; a brother, Milbourne Cannon (Pat) of Salisbury and a sister, Judy Cannon Hall of Salisbury; grandchildren, Rachel and Sean Cannon of New Jersey and Adriana Erdman of Minnesota; stepchildren, Jim Mallory (Hyon Chong) of Stafford, Va., Maureen Mallory Hogg (Steve) of Longview, Wash.; a stepdaughter-in-law, Audrey Mallory of Middletown, Del.; stepgrandchildren, Christopher and Justin Mallory of Virginia, Michael Hogg of Washington, Mallory Hogg Posedel of Oregon, Chad Mallory (Ashley) of Salisbury, Ashley Mallory Ogren (Jake) of California and a stepgreat-granddaughter, Wynn Posedel of Oregon. He also leaves a special sister-in-law, Drue Joy of Arizona; a dear cousin, Arliene Cortellessa and family of New York; his "guardian angels" Dick and Theda Raffauf and Ed and Cathy Weaver of Pennsylvania; nieces and nephews; and many friends who will miss him greatly.
A beloved stepson, Miles Mallory, preceded him in death in 2002.
Bob attended Wicomico Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, where his service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., with a visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Donald Rising, D. Min., will officiate. Interment will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. in Springhill Memory Gardens near Hebron.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in his memory to Wicomico Presbyterian Church, noted for the music program, 129 Broad St., Salisbury, Md. 21801.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home PA at 501 Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. To send condolences to the family visit www.hollowayfh.com.
Holloway Funeral Home
501 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, MD 21804
Published in The Daily Times on June 19, 2011