In Memory

James Robert "Jim" Cannon - Class Of 1943

James Robert Jim Cannon

James Robert Cannon (September 14, 1925 - April 16, 2006) Jim passed away suddenly in Walnut Creek, California. He was born to Frederick J. Cannon and Helen Massey Cannon in San Francisco and lived his entire life in various parts of the state.

He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Marian Griffith Cannon, his son and daughter-in-law Frederick L. Cannon and Jean Mitchell, daughter Linda Cannon-Reese and five beloved grandchildren: Kyle Cannon, Griffith Cannon, Claire Cannon, Tyler Cannon-Reese and Tucker Cannon-Reese. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, step-mother Ruth Cannon and his brother William (Bill) Cannon (SPHS '46).

Jim was a graduate of South Pasadena High School and the University of Southern California, where he held three degrees including a B.E. and M.S. in Civil Engineering. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy on the battleship USS Mississippi and later achieved the rank of commander in the Naval Reserve Civil Engineering Corp (Seabees). He was a distinguished civil engineer specializing in water resources for more than 40 years, retiring as Chief Design Engineer at the consulting firm Bookman Edmonston. Jim was an enthusiastic sailor and after retiring pursued world travel and volunteer work. He will be sadly missed by all, but his spirit and his commitment to his family will be long remembered. Jim was an exemplary husband, father, grandfather and friend. 

Contra Costa Times, April 23, 2006