It is with deep regret that Daniel Chaplin Camp #3 announces the passing of Brother John Cannon, P.C.C., on October 8th, 2018. John joined the Order in 2006 and was a Life Member. He also served as Camp Commander in 2008 and 2009 and was a veteran of both the Army and the Navy.
Larry B. Bonney, Commander
Department of Maine
December 20, 1944 – October 08, 2018
John “Butch” Cannon died after having heart surgery at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, MA. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of John and Constance Stubbs Cannon. His family relocated to Sherman, ME in 1956 where he spent the rest of his life.
He graduated from St. Benedict’s High School and entered the US Navy where he served for 6 years. He returned home to help with his family, then reenlisted to serve in the US Army, Medical Corps, where he was a First Sargent. He served during the Vietnam War. He retired from the army, and was active in the 314th Medical Company of the National Guard for many years to follow. John worked hard to bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to the Katahdin region to honor fallen soldiers. Butch kept in touch with many of his military friends over the internet.
Butch went on to work as a machinist for Great Northern Paper Company in Millinocket until his retirement. He was active in the American Legion, VFW, Sons of the Civil War, Masons, and Shriner’s.
John had many hobbies through the years. He was an avid fly fisherman and tied his own flies. He dabbled in brewing beer and making wine. He also enjoyed coin collecting, gardening, woodworking and carving signs. He had a knack for figuring out how to make most anything, including a water wheel well house, and a wood fired bread oven.
Butch was a regular at the coffee shop where he spent time talking to many of his friends. He was also active on the internet, and was thankful to find many of his old friends online too.
He was predeceased by his mother Constance Stubbs Cannon, father John Patrick Cannon, and sister Karen Cannon.
At Butch’s request no services will be held. Think of John with a smile in your heart whenever you bake beans.
His ashes will be interred at the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Caribou.
Published on October 11, 2018.