David C. Cannon, 81, company president

December 25, 2004

David C. Cannon, a decorated World War II veteran who lived in Ruxton for 11 years, died Thursday in Pittsburgh of complications from lung disease. He was 81.

Mr. Cannon was born in Pittsburgh. After graduating from high school and attending the University of Pittsburgh for two years, he enlisted in the Army. He spent nine months in combat in Europe in 1944 and 1945, and was awarded the Silver Star. He received a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant.

After the war, he returned to Pittsburgh, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1947 with a degree in business administration. He went to work for a series of companies in the steel industry.

In 1948, he married Mary Louis Donahoe. The couple had four children.

In 1973, he became president of Maryland Specialty Wire in Cockeysville. He and his family moved to Ruxton. While in Maryland, he served on the board of directors of the First National Bank of Maryland.

In 1984, Mr. Cannon retired and returned to Pittsburgh. He enjoyed studying World War II history, spending time with his grandchildren and golfing.

Funeral services will be held in St. Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue and Craig Street in Pittsburgh at 10:30 a.m. Monday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Denise Griffith of Gibson Island; David C. Cannon Jr. of Fox Chapel, Pa.; Michael G. Cannon of Haverford, Pa.; and Louise Cannon of Trumansburg, N.Y.; a brother, Frank Cannon of Gibsonia, Pa.; and 13 grandchildren.

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