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Kathleen D. Cannon, 95, wife of a CannonDesign founder, acted in children's theater productions

July 10, 1923 – Sept. 21, 2018

Kathleen Delaney Cannon found full expression of her inner drive when she was an actress in children’s theater productions in Niagara Falls.

Among her many roles were the Scarecrow in “The Wizard of Oz” and as the mischievous Peter Pan. She acted them out at home for her own children and their friends.

“If she didn’t fly, she made you believe she could fly,” said her daughter, Barbara Cannon Jones. “She was that dramatic. She was so delightful.”

The wife of one of the founders of CannonDesign, she died Sept. 21 in her home in Lutherville, Md. She was 95.

Born in Adams, Mass., the third of five children, she came to Niagara Falls with her family as a child and attended Sacred Heart School.

After graduating from Niagara Falls High School in 1940, she followed her older sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Delaney Phillips, to New York City, where she worked at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital and Eastern Airlines.

She moved back to Niagara Falls in 1947 to marry the older brother of one of her high school classmates, architect Will Alban Cannon Jr., who with his father, brother and others established the firm that became CannonDesign. He died in 2003.

A longtime resident of Lewiston, Mrs. Cannon acted in children’s theater for many years and served on the board of the Old Fort Niagara Association in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A volunteer at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, she worked on interior design in the snack bar and was active in charity events.

She also was athletic and excelled in many sports.

“She would run faster than anybody,” her daughter said. “She was competitive. She liked to win.”

An avid skier and water skier, her greatest passion was golf. Within an 18-month period, she shot three holes-in-one at Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart, Fla., where she and her husband maintained a second home for many years.

When she was in her mid-80s, she won the President’s Cup, awarded in a season-long competition at Niagara Falls Country Club, by sinking a crucial putt on the 18th hole and defeating a woman many years her junior.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Will A. III; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Alumni Chapel at Niagara University.

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