James J. Cannon

April 5, 1944April 17, 2021

James J. Cannon, 77, departed from his earthly home in Lisle, Illinois, to join his eternal home in heaven on April 17, 2021. Jim, who is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Maureen (née O’Rourke), enjoyed 4 weeks “recuperating” from a long battle with lung cancer recently, visiting with various family members in Siesta Key, Florida, while thankful for the tropical weather and calming waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Jim and Maureen met during their childhood in Oak Lawn, Illinois. They married in 1967, and moved to Lisle, Illinois in 1970 to raise their family. They have remained in Lisle ever since. After leaving his position as a VP at Midwest Bank, Jim started a printing business in 1981, honing his entrepreneurial skills for over 24 years, running the “Press Express” until its closing in 2005. Many of Jim’s family and friends had the opportunity to contribute and work for the printing business over the years. He moved the business to Lisle in 1987 to be closer to home, enabling him to spend more time with his ever expanding family. Jim always loved the Lisle community, serving as a Trustee on the board, playing golf at River Bend, playing bridge with the Meadows bridge club and even singing in the choir at St. Joan of Arc church, with Maureen, in his retirement.

Jim is survived by his 6 children; Brian (Amy) Cannon, Colleen (Dan Ruffo) Cannon-Ruffo, Kevin Cannon, John (Katie) Cannon, Catherine (Keegan Lannon) Cannon, and Brendan Cannon. He is also survived by his younger brother, John (Liz) Cannon, along with many family members, in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. They have been blessed with 16 grandchildren; Cara, Jordan, and James (Ruffo), Meghan, Gretchen, and Kate (Cannon), Joshua, Trevor, Nolan, and Liam (Cannon), Danny, Jimmy, Molly, and Tommy (Cannon), Charlie, and Riley (Lannon).

Jim will be remembered for his inclusive personality, always willing to make friends, share a story, and have a good laugh. He personified the statement, “There are no strangers in this world, only friends I haven’t met”. If you had to pick one word to describe Jim, it might be “optimistic”; Optimism wasn’t a theory to be studied, but a frequently practiced quality, if not inherent composition of Jim’s soul.

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

A visitation for James will be held Friday, April 23, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 5015 Lincoln Avenue, Lisle, Illinois 60532. Private family services will be held Saturday, April 24, 2021 at St. Joan of Arc Church, Lisle.

Due to the pandemic, invitation to the funeral service will be made by the family directly, however the family invites everyone to view the live stream of the service found at the Blake-Lamb Funeral Home Facebook page on April 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Blake-Lamb Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Debra Harris Atkinson

April 24, 2021

So sorry for your loss. My he rest in peace....

Larry Hepler

April 23, 2021

Maureen, Catherine & Family,
I am unable to attend Jim's visitation later today but wanted to express my heartfelt condolences on your loss. I first met Jim while coaching Catherine in softball many years ago, he was such a proud & doting Dad!
I reconnected with Jim years later as a fellow member of the "Bunco Boys"! I always looked forward to his stories and entertaining brand of humor! Jim was a great listener who always asked the right questions.
Jim was all about faith, family, friends and "four putts"! What a wonderful legacy he leaves in Maureen and the extended Cannon family. May he rest in peace.

Larry Hepler

Julie Tucek

April 22, 2021

Mrs. Cannon and Cannon family -- sending prayers and deepest sympathy to all of you. I have such fond memories of our camping trips as kids with the Rosary Group. Mr. Cannon was always the life of the group! I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.
-Julie Scully Tucek

Judy Kovack

April 21, 2021

I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your husband. I’m sure he was a wonderful man. My prayers and love go out to his family and friends and especially Maureen. God bless his soul and May he find comfort in the arms of the Lord.

Mary Field

April 20, 2021

My deepest sympathy to all of the Cannon Family. May Jim be resting in the peace of a merciful God and may this comfort all of you in the days to come.

Cheryl Cooper

April 19, 2021

Maureen and family- We’re so sorry for your loss. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.
With love,
Cheryl and Dave Cooper

Donna Land

April 19, 2021

Jim was the epitome of a good friend, always had the time to visit over a cup of tea and discuss the latest. He inspired in his way of being in this world, thoughtful in all his actions, decisive in doing the right thing and so caring and loving in all he did. To say we will miss him is not big enough for the vast empty space he left, but we will forever savor his friendship and how much knowing him has enriched our very lives. Rest in loving peace.

Sharon Foley

April 19, 2021

Dear Maureen,
I was so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He left this world much too soon. I know you two had a wonderful life together with an amazing large Irish family. I know your family and faith will sustain you during this difficult time, transition, and future endeavors. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. RIP dear Jim.


Jeanne VanDyke

April 19, 2021

We are so very sorry for your loss & will hold you and your family up in prayer. Jeanne & Trey VanDyke

Leah Sidkey

April 19, 2021

maureen and family- so sorry to hear of your loss.