Donald Stanley Cannon, 83
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BIDDEFORD -- Donald Stanley Cannon, 83, died peacefully on Nov. 26, 2012, following a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.
He was born on 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 where he joined the occupational troops following WWII, serving in Japan as an MP on the island of Hakata.
Upon returning to the states, Don attended Colorado A&M one year, then transferred to UMaine, where he met his wife, Doris Elaine Bohlin, and received his B.S. 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 New Jersey, he received his M.S. at Rutgers University and completed work on the thesis for his Ph.D. 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
Donald Stanley Cannon
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 from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk, where a celebration of Don's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Following the service there will be a public burial with Military Honors at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel. www.bibberfuneral.com.
Should friends desire, donations
can be made in his name to:
P.O. Box 375
Old Orchard Beach, Maine 04064
or the Maine Parkinson's Society 359 Perry Rd.
Bangor, Maine 04401
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Nov. 28, 2012