Obituary: Thomas Cannon (Tom), 97, formerly of Darien

Thomas Cannon
Thomas Cannon

Thomas Cannon (Tom), age 97, died peacefully on August 22 at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend after a brief illness. Tom was a longtime resident of Darien, Connecticut before retiring to Grafton, Vermont.

Tom was born in Salina, Kansas on August 11, 1921 to John Cannon and Dorothy Cannon. He was raised in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from the University of Wichita in 1943. He served in the 69th Division of the US Army during World War II and the occupation of Berlin. He was discharged in 1946 at the rank of Major.

Tom graduated from Harvard Business School in 1948 and was the longtime secretary of his class. He is the author of two business textbooks and two other books on marketing strategy. After retirement to Grafton, Vermont, he worked as a consultant for SCORE, and served on the Grafton Firefighters Association Executive Committee for many years.

He married Ann Ellison Tuller in 1948. Ann predeceased him in 1974. He is survived by his brother, Bill Cannon of Kansas City, KS; his wife of 41 years, Dorothy Whitaker Cannon; his children Elizabeth Cannon (Taro Suzuki) of NYC, Amy Cannon (Wayne Mellor) of Fly Creek, NY and granddaughters Ellison Mellor and Lucy Mellor DeBernardi; John Cannon of Dryden, NY; stepdaughter Jennifer Ball Robillard (Luc Robillard) of Waitsfield, VT and grandsons Jack and Eric Bates; stepson Thomas Ball (Mary McEachern Ball) of Hancock, NH; stepdaughter Alison Ball Hollo (Roy Seelye) of Guilford, CT and grandchildren Barrett, Stephen and Whitaker Hollo and Hannah and Kate Seelye; and stepson James Ball (Annette Lotano Ball) of Loudonville, NY and granddaughters Emilia and Mia Ball.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to one of the organizations that were important to Tom: Grafton Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (P.O. Box 191, Grafton, VT 05146) and Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital (PO Box 216, Townshend, Vermont 05353).