- June 24, 1957 - November 7, 2012
- Oakland, California
of Michael's Passing
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“I just heard last night at hockey that Michael had passed, very sad news, he was a very special person. He brought a levity to the locker room (and...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Rob Donnelly - Weston, FL
“will always remember michael as one of the funniest and wttiest guys I've ever been around. it was great to share the lockerroom banter and ice with...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Jimmy Coscia - coral springs, FL
“Michael and Tanja were very big parts of our Senator's hockey family. Michael made us laugh and cry and most times at the same time. He was a...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Mitchell, Marci, Max and Jake - FL
“I'm so very sorry for your loss. Michael was quite possibly the funniest man I've ever met. To this day, I recall some of the hysterical memos he'd...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Heather Vines - Missoula, MT
“I had not seen Mike from 75 to 05 but in our brief reconnect we remembered old times with laughter and caught up on our life's journey. I know he had...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Charles Starr - Pompano Beach, FL
“RIP Mike, you were always a stand up kind of guy. Thoughts and prayers to the Cannon Family.
6 of 21 | Posted by: Christine Johnson - Franktown, CO
“Michael Cannon was one in million...He could make one laugh cry (at a lost hockey game) but came up smiling...He was unique in his abilities and...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: DOLORES KLAFTA - mayfield hts , OH
“I'm so sorry to hear of your profound loss. Mike was a very good, fun and loyal friend to my sister and I. We spent many after school days playing...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Sandy Shebib - Hinsdale, , IL
“He was my partner in thought, in aspiration and fighting the fight. At work, he was the right to my left. I had a rare view of his kinder, softer and...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: GoldFish - New York, NY
“Even though I haven't seen Michael in years, I have such great memory's of our high school times. He was fun and caring and loved to tease me. My...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Debbie Morelli - Holly, MI
“Sorry for your loss. Mike will be truly missed. So sorry.
12 of 21 | Posted by: Sandra Reneaud - Troy, MI
“So very sorry for your loss...we attended Troy High School together. What a great guy!! Your family are in my prayers.
13 of 21 | Posted by: Margaret Blevins - Warren, MI
“Michael was a gifted artist and his creative skills put Sea Doo Watercraft on the world wide map. I enjoyed our times together and Michael will be...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Henry Lonski - Indialantic, FL
“I'll never remember the first day I met Michael in his long cloak looking all creative. We butted heads for about a minute, and from that day forward...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Aimee (Saroff) Hooper - FL
“I only once had the opportunity to meet Michael and he was a kind and gracious host. I felt so welcomed in his home among his friends and family.
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16 of 21 | Posted by: Andria Day - Oakland , CA
“There was never a dull moment...kniffle, sauerkraut balls, a ferret ransacking my toiletries across the room, roller hockey in STL, canoeing,...all...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Mark Engelhardt - Columbus, OH
“I still have the reference letter that Cannon wrote for me upon leaving HDC, which included: "She is the most charming, articulate and feminine...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Robin Michael - Wadsworth, IL
“Talented and creative. Fun to work with and sometimes a pain.
The world and advertising was a better place with Michael in it.
We'll miss you,...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Patrick Cowden - Fort Lauderdale, FL
“Michael was one of those people who changed things when he got involved. If it was creative work, people, companies or family...he always encouraged...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Scott Thaler - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
“Michael was a talent. Relentlessly pushing for something great, and once there just as relentless at selling it and making it a reality. I think he...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Chuck De Long - FL - Friend
June 24th,1957 – November 7th, 2012
Michael Christopher Cannon, known to all as Michael, some as Dad, Coach Mike, rarely Mikey, often just Cannon or '14', around kids as Uncle Fluffy Bunny or pirate Admiral Ass, and in his family as the oldest son.
Michael was my husband for 16 years and a loving dad to his children Alana James Cannon (5) and Daniel Damien Cannon Wilson (22). He was the captain of our sailboat, my buddy on our dives, my architect in our many home remodels. He taught me to try new things, push for higher goals, expect life to be funny, and how to write a damn good tag line. Michael's passion for hockey was lifelong, his extensive knowledge on so many subjects baffling, and his laughter infectious. He could discuss any subject in such detail, that even when you thought you knew a fact, he could make you question it as he steered you in a new direction; this was the birth of the game 'Truth or Dad?' He could write theme song lyrics on the spot (especially for his poopsie dog Natascha), break into a silly duet with his younger brother Chris, or quote Monty Python trivia or Winston Churchill anecdotes at random. He was extremely resourceful and the perfect MacGyver to rescue any situation with duct tape and a rubber band. Michael could rebuild an MG Triumph, rewire a neon clock, or even guess the wing span of an African Swallow, but never expect him to retain Algebra 2 or update an iPhone app (he had his kids for that.)
He will be missed and loved forever. We invite you to share your laughter and your sorrows with us on this page. And let's all live by one of Michael's favorite quotes by Gretzky: 'You miss 100% of all the shots you never take.' You gave it one hell of a shot, Michael. RIP.