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Shadow Mountain Mortuary

2350 East Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ

OBITUARY

Jeremy James Cannon

December 15, 1981November 19, 2019
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Jeremy James Cannon, formerly of Phoenix, died at his home in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Growing up in Phoenix, he attended Shadow Mountain High School, graduated from Phoenix Christian High School in 2000, and attended Arizona State University. He was preceded in death by his Father William B. Cannon and is survived by his Love Liz Niszczak, Mother Di Ann Nowicki, Stepfather James Watson, Sisters Ashlee Cannon and Christina Hekkert, Grandmother Lavonne Ritter, Nephew Willie James Buckland, Nieces June Sawyer Buckland and Zella Marie Hekkert. His work involved the installation of large glass windows, usually on commercial buildings. He was a ray of light in all of our lives and a proud uncle who loved spending time at the beach with Willie and June this past summer. We will miss his contagious laugh, infectious smile and his dance moves.

Services

  • Gathering Wednesday, November 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Memories

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Fred Kuenzi

November 29, 2019

I remember what a great kid he was. So sorry to hear. My condolences to you Diane, Ashley and the rest of your family for what you must be going through. Will say a prayer for you right now.

Lavonne Cannon Ritter

November 26, 2019

Di and Bill were perhaps puzzled with how delighted baby JJ was when his grandma came over. Little did they know until much later that she was smuggling in baby applesauce, pears and bananas cuz she thought he was hungry. I'll never forget his huge smiles, laughter and enthusiasm for the smuggled food. Loved you then baby boy and love you now and forever.
Grandma

Lavonne Ritter

November 25, 2019

Dear Di, Ashlee, Christina and Liz,

This gentle, kind and lovely grandson and nephew will be greatly missed. He's now at peace and with his dad and cowboy grandpa. So many memories of watching him grow from a precious baby boy. We'll always love him so very much and are with you in spirit while you celebrate his life.
Grandma and Uncle Lowell

Dan Marshall

November 24, 2019

Diann,
I am shocked and saddened by the passing of your son JJ.
It's been many years but I was there when JJ was was just a little boy and how happy you and Bill were.
My condolences to you and your family, he is now with the angels and with his Dad and his Grandpa.
My love to you and all your family..
Dan

Biography

One of the most challenging things in life
Is being able to change
To see things sometimes as others do
To wish and hope for the best
For that which is not easily attainable
Though our journey difficult and challenging as it may be
May bring rewards, happiness and joy
Or sadness, disappointment and emptiness
For without opposition we would never know
The good from the bad, and joy from sadness
Our possibilities are endless
At times, we cannot speak but we can listen
Or not be seen but be heard
So as you stand upon a shore
Gazing at the beautiful ocean
Remember me…
Remember me in your heart and in your thoughts
The memories of the times we loved
The memories of the time we shared.
For if you always think of me, I will have never gone.





Welcome, my name is Chad Johnson and I am honored to be here this afternoon as your Dignity Memorial Celebrant as we gather to celebrate and remember one dear to our hearts, Jeremy James Cannon. We come here today with our hearts full of emotion and our minds numb. There are no words that can express the pain, the unbelief and sadness that surrounds us. I am not a huge proponent that everything happens for a reason but I do believe we are all here for a purpose. To help one another through difficult times and celebrate accomplishments.
Today we are here in support of Jeremy’s family, his mother Di, stepfather Jim, sisters Ashlee and Christina, his grandmother Lavonne, nephew Willie, nieces June and Zella and his love Liz. Those that are here today and those not able to attend recognize how difficult this journey is. We want you to know that you don’t have to do this alone. We will be a shoulder to lean on and a listening ear when things become too difficult.
On behalf of Jeremy’s family, thank you for being here for this important moment. Your taking time out of your busy schedule to be here for them means more than you will ever know. Your presence today helps the family to begin the process of turning tears into memories.
Washington Irving said, “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of over whelming grief…and unspeakable love.”
This is our safe place today where we can laugh, cry, and carve a special place in our hearts for these memories to live on forever.
The year was 1981. Ronald Regan became the 40th President of the United States and the Iran Hostage Crisis ended and there were many interesting events that happened that year but on December 15th in Panorama City, CA Jeremy was born to Di and William Cannon.
Jeremy was the oldest and for the longest time he was considered by many as being the best looking. Even as he grew up he was admired by all, all except his sister Ashlee. They seemed to have this competition or sibling rivalry that went on for years. Brother and sister love is what they called it and Jeremy knew he was better looking, taller, he was the hottie a Mr. Casanova until Ashlee began to blossom and all of a sudden he realized that with all her beauty, talent and friends, she could be a very valuable asset to his getting to know some younger cute girls. Quickly, Jeremy saw the evil of his ways and relinquished his throne to his sister knowing he was beat.
When Jeremy was young, his family moved to Phoenix. As with time, things began to change and Jeremy saw some changes in his family life. Jim came into the picture and both he and Ashlee found him pretty cool. He even had this nice home and he was going to take them camping. They couldn’t have been more excited than when Jim and Di decided to get married.
Jeremy grew up like every other kid. He and Ashlee had their cores and each chore had a dollar amount attached to it. Some paid more and others less, so you could pick and choose which ones you wanted to do, or you could do all of them and get a larger allowance.
Sports took up a lot of Jeremy’s time while growing up. If he wasn’t playing football, usually as a running back, he was playing baseball and was a pretty good closing pitcher and outfielder.
Some of you who grew up with Jeremy and Ashlee might remember the parties. The parties were held in whichever house Jim and Di were not currently in. They would go back and forth between the homes but regardless, Jeremy always got caught and had to go and clean up the mess afterwards. Jeremy was told that the punishment would fit the crime. If you make bad choices you end up with bad circumstances.
After graduating from Phoenix Christian High School Jeremy attended ASU for a short time but his focus took him down other paths.
It’s not always easy getting up and sharing your thoughts and feelings in public or at a time like this so I’d like to now share with you some of Liz’s feelings and thoughts about Jeremy, her love.

Grandma’s Memories

Di and Bill were perhaps puzzled with how delighted baby JJ was when his grandma came over. Little did they know until much later that she was smuggling in baby applesauce, pears and bananas cuz she thought he was hungry. I'll never forget his huge smiles, laughter and enthusiasm for the smuggled food. Loved you then baby boy and love you now and forever.
Grandma
Liz’s Memories
Jeremy was the brightest light in my life. He came into my world and I have not been the same since. I say this with humility because he and I have only been in each other's lives for just shy of two years. I can't fathom how you are all feeling as his family and childhood friends, with memories that far surpass my own.
I know that some of you have not seen him for a number of years. Trust me when I tell you he's missed each and every one of you. He would share stories from his younger days (most of which scared the hell out of me due to his antics...not to mention the bleached hair!) But I like to think he had found some happiness on the east coast, even though it meant he was further away from those he grew up with and loved.
Jeremy was a gentle, kind, compassionate, thoughtful, loving man. And I want you all to know how much he was loved in return. Jeremy quickly and easily became a part of my family. He was a friend to my friends; a brother to my siblings and an uncle to my nieces and nephews. In my family, he was very affectionately known as "Germany," a nickname courtesy of my six year old niece who couldn't quite say "Jeremy" correctly.
Jeremy and I were recently in California and Las Vegas so that he could introduce me to his family. I had never seen him happier, or more excited, than the day we arrived outside of Ashlee's house. He was ecstatic to be Uncle Jeremy for Willie and June. He was elated to be with his family again.
The smile on his face from that trip just a few months ago is what I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Thank you all for sharing your JJ with me and allowing me to be a part of his life. I am blessed to have shared such a special time with him and I will love him, and miss him forever.

It took Michelangelo twelve years - - one brush stroke at a time to paint the Biblical scenes in the Sistine Chapel. It took Brahms twenty years - - one note at a time to compose the First Symphony. It took Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay eighty days - - one step at a time to climb the 29,000 feet of Mount Everest. Word by word, brush stroke by brush stroke, note by note, step by step, problem by problem and prayer by prayer - - this is the secret of achievement.
Jeremy had may accomplishments over his life time. Sometimes we don’t take the time to remember all the good. But they’re there.
I’m now going to invite Ashlee and then Jason to come up and share with us.

If you know Jeremy, you’ll know him by his thoughtfulness, as one being sensitive, caring grateful and yes, he could be silly. In his younger years, he loved the Mission Trips they’d take to Mexico as they had opportunities to build homes for less fortunate families. The joy and memories he gained and shared and the lives he touched had a positive impact on his life.
He had that funny swag to him. He had some of the worst jokes and if you got him to laugh he had the funny crazy laugh. He loved to dance and even got a little crazy with his sea walk dance. Perhaps later, some of you might want to try your hand at it.

I’d now like to turn some time over to Jim and then Nick to share their memories about Jeremy.

Nick’s Memories
Jeremy,

I’ve spent the last week trying in vain to make sense of all this. It’s not gonna happen. Revisiting all the memories we made, the fights we had, the bonds we formed was an exercise in emotions. But one thing in particular hurts more than the rest: you never got to meet my boys.
You’d like them – and they’d love you. While they’re still a couple years shy of the age when we first met, I hope with all my heart that they eventually find a friend who will help navigate their teenage years and ultimately shape their character, in the way only a friend can. A Friend like I had in you. You didn’t know it, and I didn’t recognize it until this week, but you showed me the foundation of what it takes to be a good man. It’s possible you did this because you had a five year head start on puberty and thereby were a man, but these things came so natural to you. I can’t believe I hadn’t realized it before and I’m sorry I never got a chance to tell you.

First you showed me how to be brave. Whether it was forcing me to ride our bikes out of the neighborhood to make a candy run at Express Market, or watching you run up Jim’s wobbly old ladder and onto the roof with such ease – you were always the brave one. Sometimes it was for good, sometimes for not-so-good – regardless, you taught me how to push limits. If it wasn't for you, and your solid foot-boosts, I would’ve made it up Lookout Mountain; and with you by my side, I didn’t need that helicopter to get down after all.
Next, you always showed humility. The first day we met, I needed to size you up. For some reason I thought chess followed by a foot-race would be a good test. I was wrong. I was very wrong. From that first day, all the way through the phases of basketball, ping-pong and video games domination that followed – you only rubbed it in when I needed it. Probably more than you had liked to do – but 25 years later – thank you. You were good at everything and you knew it. You never had to tell anyone.
You always made me tell the truth well, you tried to at least. To say I had a “loose” relationship with the truth when we were young would be fair. Whether it was my polished story-telling, or last minute rule changes I claimed to have made – you had none of it. Ever. When you could tell something wasn’t adding up, you’d relish the opportunity to call it out - and quick. You know what? You were almost always right. Everyo0ne needs a friend to call them out when they get a little silly – and I did my best to keep you busy.
Most importantly though, you always had fun. From that first day of chess and racing beat downs, to the last time we saw each other, I can honestly say we always had fun together. Even once Joey came around and I had to share custody of my best friend – we figured it out. The smile that seemed to permanently be on your face, the fake chuckle you’d do when you didn’t have anything else to say – you were just a fun dude to be around.
Those four things: be brave, be humble, tell the truth and have fun. When my boy’s friends inevitably fall short in demonstrating these values, I promise to keep your spirit alive by using our memories and our shared experiences to illustrate them with stories from a childhood I feel so fortunate to have shared with you. I love you, man.

Jeremy used his skills in various facets of work over the years. He saw the rewards in Real Estate and then the challenges. He would have loved being a Poker Star but the stakes were too high. It’s through Jason and his family who was really instrumental in helping him get clean and re-focused on what was important. Working and installing commercial windows helped along his journey.
To Jeremy, family meant the world to him. Many of you, even though you are not blood related are considered family. It’s known that Jeremy had his struggles and addictions.
Ours is not to focus on the negative but see Jeremy as he really is, a friend, a brother, a uncle, a son. Some may have challenges as did Jeremy and yet others have challenges that are hidden from our view. Ours is to be caring, helpful, kind and patient and do all that it takes to help in change, good, positive, uplifting change. I like the thought that was shared from the animated movie Lilo and Stitch. There is an important quote that has importance to us all. “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”
On November 19, 2019, Jeremy left our presence and returned to God.

“Black Bird by the Beatles

Richard Bach who wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull said "You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way."
Di’s words to me simple yet meaningful – “He was a good kid. I enjoyed being his mother.
Today we are left with tons of memories and a legacy for us to build upon. Jeremy has left a huge hole in our world. We can take the good that he has taught, his example, his smile and laughter and fill that hole. It is our responsibility to continue on with his legacy and do those things we know are right.
One of Jeremy’s favorite pastimes was spending time at the beach. To him there was no better feeling then the sand under his feet and the sound of waves as they wash upon the shore. There on the beach, as does everyone who goes there searches for seashells unique in design and varying in size and shape. As you leave here today, I have a gift for each one of you to take that will help remind you of Jeremy. As you exit the chapel, you will find two baskets full of seashells. You see, Jeremy is very much like that seashell as is each one of us. We are all different and unique. It is said that a seashell is never empty. It is filled with many things. Those who look for seashells will find seashells; those who open them will find pearls. Please take one as you leave and place it where you will see it daily so in the days and months to come it will remind you of Jeremy and how valuable he is and each and every one of you.

Jeremy had a knowledge of God and though you might not find him in church every Sunday at Valley View Bible Church or the Vinyard, he knew of God’s love for him.
As we close, his mother as asked that the Lord’s Prayer recited. If you’d like to join me you’re welcome too.

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
Forever and ever.
Amen.

Dear Lord, as we close today, help the family, and those here in attendance that they can find comfort and solace at this time of need. Give them strength and guide them through this journey. In Christ name we pray, amen.