Richard Walter "Dick" Cannata (1949 - 2012)

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Richard "Dick" Walter Cannata passed away on June 22, 2012, at the age of 62, at his house in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. Dick was born on August 17, 1949, in Quincy, MA, to Harry and Shirley Cannata.

He was a retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force and most recently worked in the private sector. He held a PhD in Space Plasma Physics from the University of Michigan. He is also known for his love of sailing, steel drums and Jimmy Buffet music.

Dick is survived by his wife of 36 years, Patricia; their three children, Lesley, Cristine and Bryan; and two sons-in-law, Michael and Patrick.

A memorial gathering will be held at Beach Funeral Home - East Chapel, 1689 S. Patrick Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, on June 27, from 3 - 4 pm, with a full Military Honors service to begin at 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dick's name to either of two charities that were close to his heart, The Wounded Warrior Project ( and The Haven for Children (

Anyone wishing to share a memory or send the family a message is asked to please visit Dick's guestbook at


Published in FLORIDA TODAY on June 26, 2012
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