The late Jimmy McCannon
1950-2012 JIMMY McCANNON, St Joseph's Estate, Spa Road, Tralee, passed away on Wednesday, September 5, after a prolonged illness, bravely borne, with his loving family by his bedside.
Aged 62, Jimmy was born in 1950 to parents John and Sheila McGannon (nee Murphy) and was the second child in a family of 12 children. Jimmy's father John, who originally came from Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo, served with Irish army and was stationed in Bray, later Cork and after meeting his beloved Sheila, settled in Castleisland after retirement.
Sheila was a native of the parish and Jimmy was educated in the local convent and national school in the town, before the family settled in Tralee in the early 60s.
Jimmy met his childhood sweetheart Ann Kissane from Strand Road and the happy young couple married in 1970. During this time, he followed in his father's footsteps in the Irish Army and served with distinction throughout the country.
Jimmy was a natural sportsman and his boxing prowess brought him many trophies in army competitions and national championships. He put the talents he learned in the art of self defence to good use as a founding member of the Desmond Boxing Club in Tralee.
Many young boys attest to the coaching skills they learned from Jimmy in the finer points of the Queensbury Rules. After leaving the army, he worked with Tralee Town Council, amongst many other employments in the town.
Together with Ann, they became proud parents of Patricia, Sinead, Lisa, Gemma, Ann Marie and Karen, Jamie and Christopher. A lifelong Republican, Jimmy loved to hear songs and ballads from that tradition and was able when called upon to give a verse or two.
Luke Kelly was one of Jimmy's ballad idols and Raglan Road was his party piece. Sadly, Jimmy's life was changed utterly, when Ann sadly passed away in 2005 and he devoted all his attention and care to Gemma, who held a special place in his heart and life from then on.
The past few years brought about a slow deterioration in his health. On a recent visit to Mullaghmore it brought him great joy to see his father's house, still to the good and meeting up with relatives from Sligo.
He also held a great fondness for Castleisland, his mother's family, the friends he made from childhood and would visit as often as he could.
Jimmy was very well known around Tralee and could be seen regularly cycling his bicycle when doing his shopping. Trips to town were interspersed with stops along the way for a friendly chat with neighbours and friends on current affairs and the state of the country.
Jimmy is survived by his children, also brothers Johnny, Donie, Joe, Timmy, Michael and Patrick, sisters Mary, Noreen, Kathleen, Sheila and Jeannie, mother-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, his nine grandchildren of whom he adored and many relatives and friends.
Jimmy's family wish to thank their neighbours, for their kindness and comfort during his illness, and to the doctors and nursing staff of the coronary and intensive care units of KGH for their professionalism and care to him Jimmy was reposed at The Gleasure Funeral Home on Saturday, followed by removal to St. John's Church. Following Requiem Mass on Sunday at 12 noon, burial took place in Rath Cemetery. May he rest in peace.