FRANKLIN—George H. Gannon, Jr. 83, of Franklin, died peacefully, Friday January 20, 2012 at Milford Regional Medical Center following a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Barbara A. (Grimley) Gannon.
Born October 8, 1928 in Clinton, a son of the late George H. Gannon, Sr. and Marie E. (Gibbons) Gannon, he had been a resident of Franklin since 1968 and was a former longtime resident of Clinton.
He was raised and educated in Clinton, where he was a 1946 graduate of Clinton High School and until his retirement several years ago, he was the sales representative and owner of G and S Sales, a wire and cable provider.
He served his country in the United States Marine Corps., he attained the rank of Corporal and was part of the amphibian tractor crew, and he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged in September 1948.
Known to everyone in his family, and the neighborhood as the “Handyman Extraordinaire” he would often be seen tinkering around the house, he loved the outdoors, hunting, crossword puzzles, and all the New England sports teams. He also took great joy spending time with his family, and being at his summer residence in White Field, New Hampshire.
He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church and a former member of the Franklin Lodge of Elks.
In addition to his wife he is survived by his children; George H. Gannon III and his wife Debbie of Douglas, Stephen M. Gannon and his wife Brenda of Mansfield, James P. Gurganus of Franklin, Joseph D. Gannon of Dubai, Steven J. Gannon and his wife Carol of Norton, Jeffrey J. Gannon and his wife Pam of Uxbridge, Michael P. Gannon of Franklin, Kathleen Sanders and her husband Gary of Attleboro, Susan Doyle of Milford, Deborah A. Gosselin and her husband Sean of Sutton and Susan E. Gannon of West Boylston, 2 sisters Alice Gannon and Elinor Lowe and her husband Paul all of Clinton.
He was the brother of the late Dorothy Sheridan, and Barbara Shaunesy, and the grandfather of the late George H. Gannon IV.
Also surviving are 15 grandchildren 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral with military honors Tuesday January 24th, at 10:15AM from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin, www.oterifuneralhome.com, with a funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church 1 Church Sq. at 11AM.
Interment will follow in the family lot at St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster.
Calling hours are Monday from 4-8PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory sent to the American Cancer Society 5 Manley St. West Bridgewater, MA 02379.