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Sue S. Cannon, active skier, sailor Dec. 28, 1932 -- Feb. 5, 2006

YOUNGSTOWN -- Sue S. Cannon, an active skier and sailor, died Sunday in her home after a long illness. She was 73 and under the care of Niagara Hospice.

Born Sue Olsker in Niagara Falls, she graduated from LaSalle High School and from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.

She, her husband and family were avid skiers. About 40 years ago, 1952 Olympic gold medalist Stein Eriksen, working as an instructor in Aspen, Colo., said she was the best female parallel skier he had seen since coming to the United States, according to her husband of 50 years, John D., chairman of Cannon Design on Grand Island

Mrs. Cannon also raced and cruised sailboats with her husband and children on the Great Lakes and sailed charter boats in the Caribbean for 28 years.

She was a member of Youngstown Yacht Club and Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Toronto, and a charter member of Holimont Ski Club, Ellicottville.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include a son, Paul of Youngstown; two daughters, Sarah of Youngstown and Caroline of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.; a sister, Ann Kolm of Lewiston; and three granddaughters.

Services will be private. Burial will be in Oakland Rural Cemetery, Porter.


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