Mr. William Daniel Cannon, 90, of Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday in Hospice at St. Luke's Villa after living a long, healthy and very happy life.
He had resided at St. Luke's since the death of his wife of 54 years, Lillian Edwards Cannon, in 2008.
A longtime resident of South Wilkes-Barre, Bill was born in Pringle on Sept. 22, 1922, to James A. Cannon and Esther Helfrich Cannon, the seventh of eight children. He grew up in Kingston and graduated from Kingston High School in 1940. He was a very proud World War II veteran and served in the U.S. Army from 1942 -1945. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for wounds received in France.
After being honorably discharged, he attended Wilkes-Barre Business College, where he met the love of his life and his lifelong "hobby," Lillian Edwards. He worked at Western Union, Penn Tobacco and retired from the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre after 38 years of service in the fiscal division. In retirement, he worked as a courier for First Eastern/PNC Bank for many years.
A faithful member of St. Aloysious Church and the Holy Name Society, Bill was also a member of the VA Bowling League. He and Lillian spent many happy years dancing together as members of the Big Band Society, the Party of the Month Club, and following King Henry and the Showmen wherever they performed across Northeastern Pa.
A loving and caring father, he served as Cubmaster of Pack 55 and Scoutmaster of Troop 55 at Firwood Methodist Church and was a longtime member of the Firwood Senior Citizens. He traveled to Germany, Alaska and to many other states to visit his children and grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Peggy Cannon Krapf, and her husband, Richard, of Williamsburg, Va.; three sons, William Cannon Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Pottstown; David Cannon of Aniak, Alaska, and Scott Cannon and his wife, Sherri, of Plymouth, and six grandchildren, Michael Krapf, Emily Krapf, Norah Cannon, Wade Cannon, Gabi Panzetta and Lily Ruth Cannon.
A kind and quiet man, Bill loved being with people. He enjoyed telling stories about the places he visited around the country during the war years, eating with his veteran buddies at Ollie's Restaurant (where someone would always thank them for their service and pick up their lunch check), and spending time with his family. One of his greatest joys was to dress up and go "out on the town" dancing … which he continued to do until the very end of his life.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 143 Division St., Wilkes-Barre.
Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bill Cannon's memory to: The Honor Flight Network, 300 E. Auburn Ave., Springfield, OH 45505 or www.honorflight.org
Funeral arrangements are by the William A. Reese Funeral Chapel, Plymouth.
William A Reese Funeral Chapel
56 Gaylord Ave Plymouth, PA 18651
Published in Times Leader on June 11, 2013