OBITUARY

Michael John Gannon, M.D.

May 17, 1945November 2, 2019
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Dr. Mike Gannon, an ultimate gentle person and physician, passed away peacefully of natural causes during normal naptime–Saturday afternoon about 3:00 pm. The “Boy” of rare caliber and stature worked 55 years (about 92 years figured in hours) in family medicine as an old timey GP. Rest started in quiet retirement 3 years ago; however, Mike deeply missed serving our “Maker” by helping heal thousands of patients.

Mike worked hard and saved money as a Customs Agent while working with his Dad painting and lathing. After high school, he was drafted into the Western Regiment of Canada until he was accepted into pre-med. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with pre-med honors from University of Western Ontario (London). His internship and residency were served at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London. Prior to relocating in Texas, Dr. Gannon practiced with his then wife, Marion. Precious friends, Drs. Maurice Ruandi Satsamerdi Butchi and wife, Jankie, from London, Ontario. Maurice, Mike, and Marion shared a practice in London, Ontario, during the 70’s. Dr. Gannon then brought his family to Alice, Texas. His last practicing years (2016) were with University of Texas’s Physicians (Bayshore Family Practice near NASA) on Space Center Blvd. Drs. Thomas Murphy and wife, Glenda, shared a large and respected practice. Dr. Gannon resided Clear Lake City (Brookwood) about 30 years.

Mike, nicknamed “Boy”, was preceded by his mother Ivy Matthews Leonard and father Stanley Leonard. Plus, his first wife, Dr. Marion Gannon of League City. And his birth father, Patrick Liam Gannon and relatives that reside in Sligo County, NW, Ireland.

Dr. Mike Gannon is survived by his beloved wife, Bess Harrison, Ph.D.; brother Mark and wife, Trudy, as well as Robert Henry and Rachel Elizabeth Leonard, their children. Mike’s children with Marion: Curtis Michael Gannon, Kathryn Elizabeth Gannon, Matthew Joseph Gannon and wife, Chrissie. Matt’s daughter is named Sofiah. Bess’s additions came to him in 2014: Kelly Trace Conway, Kenzie Lynn Conway-Schmirgel and her husband Heiko Schmirgel; plus, Yann Friedrich Schmirgel and Mary Tessa Schmirgel. Furthermore, Mike held closely his lifelong friends Milton and Darlene Byrd (Canadians) and cherished Med School Class of ‘70, folks in Pasadena and in the Bay Area. He earned his rest and precious quiet times. He was very fond of helping people, adored his cat, Alicia, and all animals. Adding other preferences: traveling, long winded stories, clocks, antiques, lovely flowering garden, 60-70’s music, wife, and family – not particularly in that order! Clearly, Mike “Boy” will be in our hearts (as you were in his) and in our souls “from then until now ‘til then” – when our Great Creator’s web of life brings us all together again.

His life will be honored at a Memorial Celebration on November 9th at 2:00 pm with a visitation beginning at 1:00 pm. All services held at Forest Park East Funeral Home and Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Freeway. The Rev. William H. King III will officiate and his Church is Greater New Hope Missionary (Baptist) in League City.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the SPCA or St. Jude’s. Please take exit # 25 if traveling from Houston (45N) and take FM 518 exit traveling from Galveston (45S). Please use the first gate off I-45 feeder to enter.

Services

  • Visitation with Reception Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, November 9, 2019

Memories

Michael John Gannon, M.D.

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Cpr Reaux

November 9, 2019

WAS A GREAT KIND PHYSICAN
REST N ETERNAL PEACE
CP REAUX OF
HOUSTON TEXAS

Virginia Lewis

November 7, 2019

Dr. Gannon was our family doctor in Alice, he was a kind soul always helped his patients. May he Rest in Peace, my condolences to his family.

Judith Startz

November 7, 2019

Dr. Gannon was my family physician while he practiced here in Alice, Texas. He saved my sanity. After losing eyesight in my right eye - several specialists told me I had the beginnings of MS. Being single and raising two little boys, I increasingly became depressed. So I went to Dr. Gannon to tell him the story and I needed help. The first thing he asked me was did you ever live in or near Canada. I said yes - I lived 90 miles from Canada. He asked if I’d ever had a sinus infection while I was up there and I said yes. He said you don’t have MS - there is a virus in that neck of the woods that causes that and you don’t have to worry you will get partial eyesight back.
Well he was right - The depression went away and I did get partial eyesight back and raised my two boys. I have bragged about him for years and this was like 38 years ago and I still remember him. I am sorry for your loss.

Kenzie Conway

November 7, 2019

Mike, you will always be a gift to us. We are going to miss you. You always had open arms and a loving spirit. You treated us with such kindness and respect. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for the sweet moments we shared. We love you.

Angela Garcia

November 6, 2019

I had only one year to meet him but this time was enough for me to realize how kind of a person he was, so nice, so generous and with a very good heart, all those who met him are going to miss him!!

Paula Kelly

November 6, 2019

I was a patient of Dr Gannon’s for 20 plus years . He was the best doctor so kind and caring. He always had a picture of his mom in his jacket and always would tell me about her. I remember when I heard he was retiring. I was not happy not that he did not deserve it but because he would be truly be missed. After having him as a doctor know one else compares. Praying for his family!

Kelly Conway

November 6, 2019

I love that Man with all my heart and miss him already terribly. He was and is the best Man I know. Every single moment was precious.... as he is extraordinary. Our family was blessed to know your love and overwhelmingly feel the warmth of your kindness for a lifetime, Mike. Thank you for showing us what could be... what is supposed to be. May God keep and love you. We will see you soon and in the sunshine of everyday. Thank you so much.

Ronda Hartman

November 5, 2019

I only worked with him for a few months, but found he had such a sweet spirit, so nice and extremely professional! His patients absolutely adored him!

Raquel Rodriguez

November 5, 2019

Dr. Gannon was a wonderful loving man that I had the pleasure of working for for 20 years! So caring and down to earth! It breaks my heart knowing he is no longer with us. My love and Prayers to his family.

Stephanie Nichols

November 5, 2019

I will never forget the warm kind hearted person he was.. I saw him not only as a Dr but as a friend too.. He will be sorely missed!

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