CANNON, Keith Norman


September 25, 1942 – January 9, 2013

Keith Cannon passed away peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus after a courageous journey with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Born in Winnipeg Manitoba, Keith devoted his life to giving the very best of himself and brought out the best in others. His life was Christ-centred and his faith sustained him throughout his life. Much of his career was devoted to Ministry endeavors from pastoring to street ministry. Music gave him great joy and he was an accomplished singer, loving the good old hymns best. Keith preached for over 15 years at many of the chapel services at Trinity Lodge, and had dear friends there that touched his life as they shared their faith together. He and his loving wife Lynn worked together for all their married life. They started All About Seniors Inc. in Calgary and were devoted to giving care with dignity and respect to their clients and families. The wonderful All About Seniors family of caregivers were a delight to his heart as they respond in love, compassion and integrity to their clients. He got great joy from sharing special moments with the family pet and therapy dog Casey, the ever handsome Golden Retriever who was a delight and constant treasured companion. Cats Lacey and Crash spent many hours snuggled on Keith’s lap to watch anything “ Law and Order” or a football game. He thoroughly enjoyed his season tickets for the Calgary Stampeders and could out yell any fan. He loved golf and was often heard yelling out some of his favorite expressions; “What the Sam Hill”, “Good night Caesars ghost” or “Gosh me”. Keith proudly completed a ½ marathon run during a period of remission with his Leukemia. Special thanks to the amazing Tom Baker staff from the doctors – especially Dr. Carolyn Owen, and all staff from those serving to cleaning. Thanks to the Palliative Homecare Team and our dear sweet Jennifer King R.N. who helped provide the support necessary to have Keith pass away at home. Keith is predeceased by his parents Margaret and Gilbert Cannon. He is survived by his loving wife Lynn whom he loved dearly. Lynn fondly referred to Keith as “me ever lovin’” The two enjoyed every minute of their life together. The simple things in life were the most precious. Keith is also survived by his precious daughter Karolyn (Mike) and the best grandchildren ever Christopher and Anna. Also his sweet daughter Stacey and his amazing son Kevin. Keith delighted in sharing in the lives of his children loving, them unconditionally. No matter what life had to offer his children they always knew they were the delight of his heart. Also survived by treasured brother Brian Cannon and his wife Elvira who have always been there in love and support and with a suitcase of Elvira’s pre-frozen lasagna at every visit to Calgary. Also loved nieces and nephew and their families: Colleen Davies, Craig (Pam) Cannon – children Natayla and Tiahna, Lori Anne (Brian) Sandve – children Devon and Kiersten, Riccardo and Marco Valle, all in Vancouver B.C. His parents-in-law Ray and Audrey Musgrave, Julie Jones (Darrell) and their children Shelby and Michaela, Greg (Carrie) Musgrave and anticipated baby. Best friends Grant (Kelle’) Hamilton who shared many meals together over a bottle of wine followed by a game of Mexican Train, and many dear cousins, aunts and uncles. Keith loved you all so very much! A private family celebration will be held at a later date.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Keith’s memory may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W. Calgary, Alberta T2N 4N2, www.albertacancer.ca .

  1. On 11/01/2013 at 12:46 pm Dan & Bonnie Lee Nash Said:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Keith, he was an awesome man and we considered him a great friend. We wish there was something we could do or say to truly convey our feelings and to help his family and friends through this difficult time. We are so happy and fortunate to have spent the time we did with him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you…
    With deepest sympathy,
    Dan & Bonnie Lee

  2. On 11/01/2013 at 12:50 pm Lea & Ric Brovedani Said:

    We knew as soon as we met Keith that we were in the presence of a good soul. Keith had a warmth about him that you could feel. My love and condolences go out to all of his close family and friends who are missing him. I am holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. On 11/01/2013 at 4:58 pm Brian & Elvira Said:

    “Salt of the earth” is truly appropriate when describing Keith. He was great brother and friend who was always there in good and not-so-good times. His goal in life was to impact the lives of people in a positive and supportive way. He had an enoormous sense of humour, kind words for everyone and his life reflected his strong faith in God and his desire to do good to mankind. He will be missed but great memories will live on. Great love to Lynn and the family.

  4. On 11/01/2013 at 5:19 pm JESSICA Said:

    WE SORRY FOR PASSING TRUE SYMPATHY WITH YOU LOVE JESSICA&BEN SPROULE

  5. On 11/01/2013 at 5:47 pm Debbie and Grant Freeman Said:

    We are so ever grateful and blessed to have known Keith and will forever cherish the memories spent with him

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cannon family.

  6. On 11/01/2013 at 7:29 pm Rita Iannaccone Said:

    My Prayers and thought’s are with you all, I will miss keith greatly and his Loving energy and prescence will never be forgotten ….until we meet again, much Love Always …xo

  7. On 11/01/2013 at 8:00 pm Lisa Johnson Said:

    The Day God Called You Home…

    God looked around his garden and found an empty place, he then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest, his garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, he knew you were in pain,and he knew that you would never get well on earth again. He saw your path was difficult, he closed your tired eyes. He whispered to you “Peace Be Thine” and he gave you wings to fly. When he saw you sleeping so calm and free of pain, we would not wish you back to earth to suffer once again. Youv’e left us precious memories, your love will be our guide. You live on through your AAS Team, your always by our side. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you on the day God Called You Home.

  8. On 12/01/2013 at 7:59 am Verna, Dave. And Alexander Woods Said:

    We feel blessed to have known Keith. He was our football friend with a beautiful voice and a heart to match. We will think of you every year as we head to the stadium and know that you will be watching from above. Our hearts go out to your family. Love.

  9. On 12/01/2013 at 10:53 am Louise Esch Said:

    Dear Lynn, I was very saddened to read of the passing of Keith. I have many fond memories of both of you during my years at Mount Royal Care Centre. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Louise Esch

  10. On 12/01/2013 at 11:42 am Angela Pasipamire Said:

    Lynn,

    In these hard times my dear, may you and your family find solace and support. May Keith’s soul now rest in peace. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your entire family.
    Angela

  11. On 12/01/2013 at 3:34 pm Marguerite Donnelly Said:

    Dear Lynn and the whole family – I know you are suffering and feel your pain. In time that too will get better. You were a tower of strength during Keith’s life and now it’s your turn to be loved and cherished by your loving family and friends. Take strength from their love and may God bless all of you at this difficult time, but rest assured that you will meet again. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Marguerite

  12. On 12/01/2013 at 6:27 pm Ray & Audrey Musgrave Said:

    Words cannot express our deep sense of loss for our wonderful son-in-law. Keith was a kind gentle family man with a great sense of humor. He was so loving to all our family, especially to our daughter Lynn. We remember how thrilled he was to be back on the golf course with us during his remission. We will remember the good times.
    Rest in peace Keith.
    Audrey and Ray Musgrave

  13. On 13/01/2013 at 12:07 pm Micky Gulless Said:

    Dear Lynn and family – I was grieved to read of Keith’s passing. He was a great guy. With deepest sympathies, Micky Gulless

  14. On 13/01/2013 at 12:07 pm Linda Roberts Said:

    Keith was a wonderful human being who was full of life and love. This past year has seen many ups and downs for you and your family Lynn. This year will be a year of transformation for you and your family. You will be comforted knowing that Keith is now at peace. Our thoughts are with you and your family. The Anderson and Roberts family.

  15. On 13/01/2013 at 2:48 pm Peter and Judy Fortney Said:

    Dear Lynn and family-Keith had this passion for everything he did and especially for people. You could feel the love and energy, he passed it onto you. I witnessed this in one of the ways when we were at Stampeder football games. Keith was a great spirit. Our love and thoughts are with you. Peter and Judy Fortney

  16. On 14/01/2013 at 2:16 pm Greg Said:

    Keith will truly be missed, but the memories & difference he made in the lives of those who knew him will live on always. I am thankful for his uncompromised love that he shared with my sister Lynn & his gift of kindness & true love that he shared so effortlessly with those who had the pleasure of knowing him. I am eternally gratefully to Keith for his impact on Lynn’s, Kevin’s & the rest of our familys’ lives. You were a grand lad & we will miss you dearly.
    Rest in peace brother.
    Greg Musgrave & Carrie James

  17. On 14/01/2013 at 8:59 pm Michelle & Michael Hoeper Said:

    Dear Lynn- We were so sad to read about Keith’s passing. We missed you both when you left the “Heights” and certainly seeing Keith’s smiling face over the fence. He had such a uplifting and generous spirit and we enjoyed getting to know him over the years. He always had a great story to tell, and kept us smiling:) Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Our deepest sympathies,
    Michelle, Michael, Ashton & Grayson Hoeper

  18. On 15/01/2013 at 6:24 am Rob Coutts Said:

    Lynn,

    I was very sorry to learn of Keith’s passing. He was of such comfort to my Dad Earle in the last years of his life. My Dad really missed Keith when he first got sick. Keith was such a compassionate, kind man. He will be truly missed but fondly remembered for all the kind things he did for others.

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your families.

    Rob and Sammee

  19. On 16/01/2013 at 8:02 am Connie Hussey Said:

    Dear Lynn and family,

    My sincere condolences on the loss of Keith, the love of your life. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Connie Hussey

  20. On 16/01/2013 at 8:03 am Connie Hussey Said:

    Dear Lynn and family

    My sincere condolences on the loss of Keith, the love of your life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Connie Hussey

  21. On 16/01/2013 at 8:39 am Earl and Pat Ray Said:

    Lynn, we were so sorry to learn of Keith’s passing. As you know, Keith and I became “best friends” at age two. While time, distance and circumstances have a way of causing relationships to fade, over the years Keith and I always seemed to find a way to re-connect and I shall always cherish the reminiscing that we were able to enjoy this past fall. Being able to do that over 68 years says so much about my respect for Keith. We will surely miss him.

    With our sincere sympathy,

    Earl and Pat

  22. On 16/01/2013 at 12:34 pm Carol & Jerry Burdenie Said:

    Dear Lynn,

    Carol & I were saddened to learn of Keith’s passing.

    Although this is a sad time, we remember Keith with fondness…and always will.

    He was an island of calm during what could only be described as challenging and frustrating times for us all.

    Keith was a caring and compassionate man who was always sought to find the “positives”in any situation.

    We’re all better for having known him.

    Take care,

    Jerry and Carol Burdenie

  23. On 16/01/2013 at 12:38 pm Sandve Said:

    Uncle Keith was a great man. I will recall with fondness many memories of him at family get-togethers over the years. He had an infectious, robust laugh which he would often employ, usually after he and my dad, Brian, were teasing their mom or someone else in good fun. He had a great sense of humour! He also had great faith in God which he demonstrated both before and during his illness and I will always be inspired by that. We will miss him but look forward to a glorious reunion one day! Lots of love to Lynn and family….Lori-Anne

  24. On 17/01/2013 at 8:46 am Ruth Abbott Said:

    My sincere sympathy for your feelings of loss on the “home-going” of Keith. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. On 17/01/2013 at 10:21 am Colleen Davis Said:

    Uncle Keith was an inspiration to all who knew him but to me , in that he never let his illness stop him from doing anything. I will cherish the memories he gave me and his trust in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May God’s comfort and peace be with Lynn and family.

  26. On 22/01/2013 at 8:51 am Shirley and Virgil Smith Said:

    Our friendship with Keith was immeasurable! It is not every day, someone meets another and there is an immediate bond. What a blessing! Our common interests allowed us to freely discuss our faith, our love for family and friends, our desire to offer a quality of life for those most in need. We give thanks for Keith’s friendship.

    The poem below, The Miracle of Friendship, by an unknown author, summarizes our feelings.

    There’s a miracle called friendship
    That dwells within the heart,
    And you don’t know how it happens
    Or how it gets its start …..
    But the happiness it brings you
    Always gives a special lift
    And you realize that friendship
    Is God’s most precious gift!

    May family members and friends find some comfort in the many fond memories they share with Keith.
    May their faith give them strength during this time of sadness and loss.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers,
    Shirley and Virgil

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