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“John was a great friend, the kind of which, there are so few in a lifetime. I feel honored to have known John, and have fond memories of the times we...Read More »
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4 of 11 | Posted by: Elizabeth and Boys Arthur - CA

“To the family. So sorry for your loss, remembering him from early school days and pharmacy too. He was a wonderful man and always happy to meet and...Read More »
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“We cherish our memories of this gentle giant and treasure thelimericks he created and mailed to us over our years of friendship. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Tanya and Thomas O'Donnell - CA

“Ah, Mr. Cannan we will MISS your contagious laugh and your sincere, generous embrace. You "fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the...Read More »
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“Kathie, dear, that is a lovely life story. What a fine man. Blessings. Dot ”
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John Patrick Cannan was born on February 12, 1928, in Reno, Nevada the second son of James Clyde Cannan and Catherine I Curley Cannan. He passed to the Lord very peacefully November 7th after weeks of loving care from his wife and daughters and happy recognition of many family members and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Holly, five children and their spouses: Cathy (Steve), Jim (Paula), Danny (Susan),
Valerie (Allen), and Johnny (Gwyn); by his grandchildren: Kelly, Paul, Kyle, Kristen, Michael, Caroline, Christopher, Trevor, Suzanne, Bella and great grandchildren: Katelyn, Cooper and Mikaela.

John was a lucky Irishman with a keen sense of his family's history and national heritage. He was a classically educated and honored student at St. Joseph's Seminary, UNR and USC, and a huge Trojan fan. He had an encyclopedic memory and keen mind; He was also a proud, patriotic American navy veteran, with a well - read, engaged, articulate, astute, JFK, conservatism.

He graduated USC with a pharmacy degree in June 1952. In May of that year two married, study friends of Holly Hollingsworth held her arms near Tommy Trojan as He came toward them. He asked her to be his date to the Rho Chi student awards dinner. She agreed saying that it would be her only invitation to the event. Later that evening mom announced to her sorority sisters that they'd marry someday. That day was November 27, 1952 in Richmond, California, a Thanksgiving Day. They served turkey at the reception. Many of the 63 thanksgivings since then have been great ones with grand celebrations for the 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th. Among other events he enjoyed were birthdays, baptisms, first communions, weddings, more baptisms, graduations and Sunday dinners with family and friends.

John was an excellent and prolific poet and limerick writer, who stayed pretty faithful to AABAA, and correct meter. Through these media he, with incisive wit, communicated his gratitude for God's providence, his Joy, wisdom, love, humor, admiration, counsel, encouragement and pride.

John was a hardworking and flawless pharmacist who showed compassion and grace to the sick and destitute. He retired in 1990 as part owner of Mission Park Pharmacies in Oceanside California. He was a kind landlord; a terrible, happy, lucky-to-be alive-out-here-with-his-boys-or-buddies, golfer and an avid sports fan for the same reasons.

John was an ever supportive, understanding, father, patriarch, protector, provider, mentor and friend. He was a faithful, loving and grateful husband to Holly; He was a constant, welcoming, generous "the more the merrier" host with a booming laugh that filled his homes and his progeny's hearts.

Filled with the Holy Spirit and the gift of Wisdom, he was a Servant to his fellow men, church, and Lord in countless ways. He ministerd to the sick, and dying, which he saw as just a part of life, and to those who had recently lost loved ones.

He had an unshakeable and knowledgeable faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ; was a selfless and generous supporter of his church and charities, and forgave all hurtful things, but with a gentle prodding.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the "St. Patrick's School" 1302 Pio Pico Drive, Carlsbad, Ca. 92008