Donald S. Cannon

Nov 27, 2012
Donald S. Cannon

Biddeford — Donald Stanley Cannon, 83, died peacefully on Nov. 26, 2012 following a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born Jan. 5, 1929 in Patterson, N.J., first child of Stanley and Elsa Rosazza Cannon. Don grew up attending schools in the area, entering the army at 17 years old, where he joined the occupational troops following World War II, serving in Japan as military police on the island of Hakata.

Upon returning to the states, Don attended Colorado A&M one year, then transferred to the University of Maine, where he met his wife, Doris Elaine Bohlin, and received his bachelor of science degree in entomology. While there, he was a member and president of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He married Doris in 1954, and they recently celebrated their 58th anniversary.

The newlyweds moved to Greenwich, Conn., where he was a research scientist for American Cyanamid, later moving to Ringoes, N.J. when the company relocated to Princeton. He loved doing research, and developed pesticides during the 1950s and 60s, which were awarded patents in 26 countries. He was also a lifelong member of Sigma Xi, the prestigious scientific research society.

While working in N..J, he received his masters of science degree at Rutgers University and completed work on the thesis for his doctorate in entomology. One of his crowning achievements was having his Ph.D. conferred in 2009, almost 40 years following the completing his work. Following his post graduate studies the family moved to Rockland, where he became vice president of a local chemical company. He had several career changes over years following, including day care director of Coastal Childcare, and field representative for AFSCME. He retired in 1993, and moved to Granite Point, where he and Doris built their retirement home. In the past few years, disabled with Parkinson’s disease, he found solace in the local Parkinson’s support group.

He enjoyed music, art and traveling. He had a love for family gatherings, which included a much cherished annual family picture with both sides of the family. He was a beloved Uncle to his many nieces and nephews, and known as Papa and Ghee to his precious grandchildren. Don will be remembered for his wry sense of humor, his gadget collecting, and instigating marshmallow fights at the end of family gatherings.

He is survived by his wife Doris, his brother Richard, and wife Joyce of Rockland; two sons: Russell and his wife, Linda of New Gloucester, Tom of Portland; daughter Jennifer and her husband, Brad Paige of Kennebunk; four grandchildren: Amy of Chesterville, Erin of New Gloucester, and Christopher and Julia of Kennebunk; and one great-grandchild: Jack Gordon.

Visiting hours will be held Friday, Nov. 30 at 3 to 6 p.m. at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St. Kennebunk where a celebration of Don’s life will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Following the service there will be a public burial with military honors at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco.

Should friends desire, donations can be made in his name to: Salvation Army, P.O. 375, OOB, 04064, or the Maine Parkinson’s Society, 359 Perry Road, Bangor, 04401

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, bibberfuneral.com.

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