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Howard John Cannon

March 27, 1926 — May 2, 2017

Howard John Cannon

Howard  J. Cannon, of Cambridge and longtime resident of Belmont  passed away on May 2, 2017 at the age of 91.

He was born on March 27, 1926 in Charlotte North Carolina to the late Howard H. Cannon and Irene (Hartman) Cannon.

He is survived by his wife Mary Patricia (Hennessey) Cannon of Still River , his daughter Rosemary Crisostamo and her husband John of Salem, NH his son Jerome Cannon and his wife Gail of Reading. He was also the proud grandfather of Bonnie Cannon, Gina Crisostamo and Johnny Crisostamo and uncle of Sherry Human of Gastonia North Carolina.

He is predeceased by his brother Donald Cannon of Greensboro North Carolina.

Howard was an English Major at Harvard University and received a Master of Theology Degree from Boston College. He worked over 40 years teaching at St. Benedict Abbey in Still River, MA and St. Scholastica Priory in Petersham, MA. A visitation will take place Sunday 5-8 PM at St. Benedict Abbey 252 Still River Rd. (Still River) Harvard a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday 10:30 AM at the Chapel of St. Benedict Abbey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Benedict Abbey, P.O. Box 67 Still River MA, 01467, St. Scholastica Priory PO Box 606 Petersham, MA 01366 or The Sisters of St. Benedict Center PO Box 22 Still River, MA 01467 Arrangements by McGaffigan Funeral Home 37 Main St. Pepperell, MA  01463 please see

Charitable donations may be made to:

St. Benedict Abbey
252 Still River Rd., Still River MA 01451

St. Scholastica Priory
PO Box 606, Petersham MA 01366

St. Benedict Center
PO Box 22, Still River MA 01467

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