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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