January 30, 1932 – July 20, 2020
Richard McCannon was born in Atlanta Georgia on January 30, 1932 . Richard was raised in Atlanta by his parents, Father Lovic and Mother Tommie. He had 1 sister, Donna Hightower. In his childhood, Richards’s favorite thing was to take his favorite dog Toby and spend the night in the woods near his home. While attending Roosevelt highschool, he was a member of the sea cadets and went on cruises with the Navy. This inspired Richard to join the regular U.S. Navy after graduating in 1950.
Richard’s career in the navy consisted of active duty in the Korean War. His duty stations included Naval Training Center in San Diego, California, US Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, US Naval Air Station in Moffitt Field, California, Utility Squadron Three Auxiliary Landing Field in San Ysidro, California, and USS Boxer CVA 21 where Richard served as a member of the flight deck crew during combat operations off the coast of Korea. As Richard returned home from Korea, he was award the Korean War Medal.
After his tour in the US Navy, Richard joined the San Diego Police Department. When he finished serving the city of San Diego, Richard joined the US marshals service and that is where he retired.
In Richard’s later years, Richard rekindled a friendship with Nancy Erikson, who lived down the street from him growing up. They met up for lunch, realized that they had many things in common, and fell in love soon after.
Richard and Nancy greatly enjoyed traveling, especially in their motorhome. They belonged to The Sand Pipers RV Group and their adventures included trips to Alaska as well as trips from Maine to the US west coast. Richard and Nancy also took three cruises to the Caribbean, South America and Alaska.
In Richards’s latter years, once retiring in the Tampa Bay Area, he and Nancy enjoyed being with family and cooking extraordinary meals and enjoying good wine. He enjoyed playing Golf, motorcycling in San Diego, and wood working. Richard was a fan of the Tampa Bay Rays even when they did not play well. He was a Baptist and attended church at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks Beach. Richard loved all animals. His favorites were his boyhood dog Toby as well as his beloved Puddin, Rassie and Chloe.
Richard is preceded in death by his Son and he is survived by his sister, Donna Hightower and best friend and life partner, Nancy Erickson. They had a wonderful 13 years together.
Monday, August 3, 2020