James D. Lannon

Jan 24, 2017
James Lannon

Freeport — James Daland Lannon, 71, a Freeport resident for two decades, died Jan. 21, 2017, at his home on Pownal Road. James was a skilled photographer, an Equity actor, an avid sailor, devoted Episcopalian and a dedicated father.

Mr Lannon was born in New York, N.Y., the son of Barbara Winlock and J. David Lannon of New York City. He attended collegiate and St Bernard’s schools in New York City before going on to Milton Academy. He received his bachelor's degree from Lawrence College and a master's degree at North Dakota State University.

Drafted into the Army at Ft. Eustice, Va., he created training films for the Army and directed a theater program.

After his military service, he continued his love for the theater  and managed a mobile theater program in North Dakota. Acting and the theater were constant parts of his life. He would become a member of Actors Equity after working at the Actors Theater in Lexington, Ky.

Sailing was one of his favorite pastimes and a defining part of his life. He spent almost every summer of his life on North Haven, where three generations of his family had summered. He would sail almost every summer day and was especially proud that he had only capsized three times in his life. His love for the ocean was so strong that once while sailing on a Wisconsin lake, his friends threw salted water at him to make him feel more at home.

In 1977 Mr. Lannon married Mary Minor Smith, who had spent many summers in Freeport. They lived in Wiscasset, where Mr. Lannon became a selectman and worked as a radio DJ. They had two sons, Tucker R. Lannon of Cambridge, Mass., who is married to Crystal E. Chappell, and Bradford H. Lannon of Portland, Ore.

In 1989 Mr. Lannon and his wife divorced and he moved to Boston, where he worked as an actor. In 1995, he returned to Freeport to live with his sons. He spent his time attending their sports games and taking them on great adventures.

In addition to his children, Mr Lannon is survived by his sister, Patricia J. Lannon, of North Haven; and her twin daughters, Stephanie M. Brown and Mallory F. Brown of Burlington Vt. He was predeceased by his brother, William W. Lannon, of Rockland, and is survived by his nephews David, William and Christopher.

There will be a celebration of his life at Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Trinity Church Portland or the North Haven Library.

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