Patrick John Cannon, 89, died peacefully at home in the very early morning of March 2, 2018. He was a veteran of the Korean War and honorably served in the US Army from October 10, 1950 to August 20, 1952. He attained the rank of Sergeant fighting in direct combat action with B Battery of the 9th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division until November 30, 1951 when he was transferred to fire direction specialist in the Fire Direction Center Headquarters and then later honorably discharged with full honors.
He was born on May 15, 1928 in Buffalo, NY to his parents Edwin and Frances Cannon. He grew up in Buffalo and graduated from Bennett High School. After returning from Korea, he attended Canisius College and later worked for Sportservice at Finger Lakes Racetrack in Canadaigua, NY, where he met his wife Paula. They married on October 29, 1966 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Buffalo, NY and had four children. He was a loyal and loving father and a fiercely competitive and driven man who tirelessly strove to provide the very best in everything for his family.
Patrick is survived by his wife Paula; sons, Edwin John "EJ" and Kevin (Angela); daughters, Erin (Frank Finn) and Maura; his nine grandchildren, Frank III, Joseph, Kyle, Kevin Jr., Patrick, Mary, Catherine, Kacey and Molly; his brother, Paul (Annette); five sisters, Ann, Carol (Harlan), Ellen, Mary (Robert), Karen (Dan) and numerous nieces, nephews and long-time friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in St. Leo's Catholic Church, 128 Main St., Leominster. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Glenwood Cemetery in Lockport, NY.
The family extends a very special thanks to all of Patrick's friends, supporters and personal home care staff who tirelessly provided extraordinary and loving care 24 hours a day to make his last few years as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Special thanks to Father Mark of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Fitchburg and Monsignor John Doran of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Leominster; his wonderful Doctor Sheila Trugman of Tree of Life Healthcare; his personal Nurse Anne and Home Care Aides John, Faith and Anthony who all did such an amazing job over the years providing the very best in-home care possible. Dad wanted to stay at home in his last years and you all helped make that possible. Thank you so much for a job very well done.
We commend you dear Father, to Almighty God, and entrust you to your Creator. May you return to Him who formed you from the dust of the earth. May Holy Mary Mother of God, St. Joseph, St. Michael and all the Holy Angels, the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints come to meet you as you go forth from this life. May Our Lord Jesus Christ who was crucified for you bring you freedom and peace. May Our Lord Jesus Christ who died for you admit you into his garden of paradise. May Our Lord Jesus Christ, the true Shepherd, acknowledge you as one of his flock. May Our Lord Jesus Christ forgive all your sins, and set you among those he has chosen. May you see your Redeemer face to face, and enjoy the vision of God forever. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, parce nobis, Domine. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, exaudi nos, Domine. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Amen
Wright-Roy Funeral Home, Inc., 109 West St., Leominster is directing arrangements. To Light A Candle, Sign his Guestbook or Leave A Message of Condolence visit www.wrightroyfuneralhome.com