Michael Moyer Canon
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Michael Moyer Canon was born June 10th, 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Gilman School in Baltimore in 1958, and 4 years later, on June 10th, 1962, he graduated from Williams College, had his 21st birthday, and got engaged to the love of his life, Susan Eleanor McEldowney on the same day. He began his career with the Koppers Company in Pittsburgh, then moved on to IBM in Indianapolis and then Honeywell in Baltimore in computer and software sales, where he became the General Manager of the Baltimore and Washington regional market division. He subsequently became Vice President of Carey Machinery in Baltimore.
With a fervent desire to own his own business, he moved his family to Jacksonville, FL in 1979 to start Canon Safety & Health. Canon Safety grew rapidly, attracting a Fortune 500 acquisition suitor a mere 9 years later, in 1988. The selling of Canon Safety launched his next two career adventures with his wife and family in 1993; the starting of The Eggemoggin Reach Bed & Breakfast in Brooksville, ME, an award-winning B&B written up in USA Today, and numerous travel guides, and he started Brooksville Associates, a successful mergers & acquisitions firm specializing in the industrial safety and fire markets.
During these years, Mike and his wife enjoyed living back in the Jacksonville beaches area for half the year and the coast of Maine in Brooksville the other half. In 2005, after selling the Bed & Breakfast, they settled into retirement in Ponte Vedra, FL.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Susan, and his 3 sons, Mark Canon and Michael Canon of Lake Wylie, SC and Rip Canon of Ponte Vedra, FL, and his 5 grandchildren, Nate, Samantha, Jack, Luke, and Nicholas Canon.
In lieu of flowers, Michael requested donations be sent to the Gilman School in Baltimore, MD.
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Published in Florida Times-Union from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 15, 2021
College roomie, lifelong friend, ever loyal, truly good. Worshiped his wife Susie and family. A man for all seasons, a profile in courage. Most of all, an inspiration for continuing laughs and fun.
Christopher Jones
Friend
January 15, 2021
I would like to offer Cindy and My condolences. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Canon, but I have the pleasure of working with his son Mike. I know how loved and highly respected he was to him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tim Shott
Friend
January 15, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of one of our beloved residents, Mike Canon. In the 6 yrs I've been here, it's been a pleasure to get to know you and Susie. I pray that you can now rest in peace and take solace in knowing that Susie is surrounded by loving family and very caring friends in our small community. You will be truly missed by all.
God Bless and rest in peace.
MaryAnn
Friend
January 12, 2021
Susie, words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. Mike was a truly wonderful soul who loved life to the fullest. We will always hold dear the love and compassion you both gave to our family. Praying for your healing, comfort, strength and peace during this painful time. Fondly, Marilyn and Tom
Tom and Marilyn Smith
Friend
January 10, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Michael’s passing. My deep sympathies & love to my cousins, their families, and Aunt Susie. I wish I could hug you all, I love you!
Laura (Canon) Black
Family
January 10, 2021
Great friend, human being and fraternity brother.

Mike: You brought endless pleasure to those fortunate enough to know you with your sense of humor, infectious laughter, affable manner and genuine respect for others. I can not recall any time after we were together or communicated that I did not feel good when we parted.

You lived life to the fullest, and in keepin on keepin on with clear joy in your heart, in the face of multiple challenges for many years, are a powerful example for all of us who are aging to live every moment ever thankful for the opportunity to have it . And there is no doubt that hooking up with Susie was one of your finest moments in terms of your happiness and the joy you both provided to your friends.
Robert M. Hallman
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