Donald M. Cannon, Sr.

Donald M. Cannon, Sr.

DOVER – Donald M. Cannon, Sr., 72, of Dover, passed away at 10:00 PM, Monday, December 11, 2017 at his home. He was the husband of Debra (Knight) Cannon whom he married 51 years ago on August 19, 1966.

Donald was born June 24, 1945 in Glen Burnie, MD and was the son of the late James and Elinor (Martin) Cannon.

In 1963 he graduated from William Penn High School in York and continued to Penn State University where he graduated with a BA in Mechanical Design Engineering. He was employed for 37 years by Sylvania in York before retiring in 2003. Donald held 7 patents for design, machinery and lighting with the Sylvania company. He previously was employed by Penn Tool of York and did consulting for Tooling Dynamics also of York. He was owner and operator of Z&Z Excavating for 12 years prior to and after his retirement from Sylvania. He was a member of the York Rifleman Association; Dover Fish and Game; NRA, and (SME) Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Don’s happiest times were spent hunting and working on the family farm, out in the fields with the grandkids in tractors making hay for Z&Z Acres.

In addition to his wife, Debra, Donald is survived by his daughter, Melissa Cannon Workman and her husband Edwin of Dover; his son, Dr. Donald M. Cannon, Jr. and his wife Dr. Angelia Cannon of Mount Veron, IA; his four grandchildren, Zachary Workman, Zoey Workman, Jacob Cannon and Cyrus Cannon; and “Blessings to a special friend, Leon Resline whom he referred to as (my brother).”

A celebration of life service will begin at 3:30 PM, Sunday, December 17, 2017 at The Diehl Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Mount Wolf. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be private in Prospect Hill Cemetery in York. Officiating at the service will be Chaplain Margie Stevens from Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice of York.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the York Cancer Patient Help Fund, 50 North Duke Street, 2nd Floor, York, Pennsylvania 17401.

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4 thoughts on “Donald M. Cannon, Sr.

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cannon family. We spent many a summer in Ocean City MD with Don, Deb, Donnie and Missi. My fondest memories of those times spent going to the beach and hanging out. From all of the Gill’s, our deepest sympathy and may God bless you.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cannon’s, and we’re sorry to hear this sad news about Don. Our family lived down the street in Ocean City, MD, and we spent many summers growing up with Don ,Debra, Melissa, and Donny. An interesting fact about Don Sr. is that he still holds the Maryland state record for a 16 lb. weakfish (sea trout) he caught in 1976! From all of the Herr’s, our sympathy goes out to all Don’s family and friends, and may he find peace in God’s love.

  3. It was a joy to work with Don, he was people person. We learned much about each other on a technical exchange program with a company in Holland. He as an outstanding designer and problem solver. We helped each other at the time his son had the eye problem and my daughter had cancer, they are both with us today.

  4. So sorry to have received this news. We went to school with Don. Always thought he was a nice guy. We remember when Don had his 54 Green Ford in high school. We offer our sincerest condolences to his Family. May Don rest in peace.

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