Lawrence J. "Larry" Cannon

  • Born: January 25, 1939
  • Died: April 25, 2021
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Robinson Funeral Home

809 Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176

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Tel. (781) 665-1900

Tribute & Message From The Family


Lawrence J. Cannon, 82, born in Malden, late of Melrose, died on the 25th of April 2021. Larry is survived by Eileen Hamblin, his wife of 43 years, by his children, Chris Cannon and wife Kristen of Norwood, Nicole Cannon Doucette and husband Rob of Wakefield and Kate Cannon Cote and husband Brian of Melrose and by his brother Paul Cannon of Guam, as well as by five amazing grandchildren, Ryan, Jack, Meredith, Jake, and Georgia. Larry is also survived by his wonderful extended family.

Larry's 45-year career as a Boston Harbor Pilot, guiding ships from all over the world into and out of Boston Harbor, was "the best job in the world." Larry also founded a popular marina in the 1970's, which he named Boston Waterboat Marina as a tribute to the six generations of Cannons who supplied drinking water to ships at anchor in Boston Harbor. You could find Larry on Long Wharf with his signature wry smile, friendly joke, or quip for old friends and newcomers alike. Larry opened his hand to everyone, so his marina was like a second home to many and a first home to some.

Friends, family, and service people everywhere will miss Larry's extraordinary generosity, his quick wit, his kindness, and his corny jokes. Well, most of the jokes.

Larry's family is grateful to all his friends and neighbors for their support, and especially to the staff at Artis Senior Living of Reading for the compassionate care he received for the past two years. People who care for the sick are our heroes.

Out of concern for the health and safety of family and friends, there will be no public service. Instead, we ask that you do what Larry would do: buy a Dunkin' coffee, a meal for a stranger, and be kind to someone when you don't have to be. If you prefer, please donate to the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts: http://act.alz.org/goto/larrycannon


Condolence & Memory Journal

Eileen, Learning just now of the passing of Larry. He was the epitome of a caring person. I know that while he will be missed by many, his personality will remain by all.
Dick and Myra

Posted by Richard Lyons - Melrose, MA - Friend   May 07, 2021

Dear Eileen A friend sent me Larry's obituary and I had to let you know that I was thinking of you.
Years have passed and I have lost touch with all of you but not from my memory, which I hold dear.
My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Cherish your memories.

Posted by Barbara Murphy - N Ft Myers, FL - Friend   May 06, 2021


Dear Eileen,
We are so saddened to hear of Larry's passing. It has always been lovely spending time with you. You bring light to the world. Memories keep us. Please know that our thought and prayers are with you.
Annelle & John Fernekees

Posted by Annelle Fernekees - Melrose, MA - Friend   May 03, 2021

This is John Collins. i was Larry's shipmate for 40 years. He will be missed by all of us.
John Doc Collins.

Posted by John Collins - Friend   May 02, 2021

Larry was such a fixture for us on Long Wharf, a friend, and partner in so many endeavors with the City. His job as a pilot, not at all an easy one in all weather, year round. It is is with some pride that we were chosen to design those boats that the pilots trusted with their lives, as we remember Larry.

Posted by Winn Willard - New Bedford, MA - Friend   May 02, 2021

Dear Chris and Family,

So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He was such a great man. As a young Dockboy, Larry always took time to say hello. Even later on in life while on Tugboats I would see him as a pilot and he continued to make time to stop and check in. He was a true gentleman. My deepest sympathies to you all. Sean Tempesta

Posted by Sean Tempesta - Braintree, MA - friend   May 02, 2021

Eileen and Family - Larry was a special person in our lives. What a wonderful obituary for such a wonderful man. May he RIP and God Bless him.

Posted by Ned & Linda Kennedy - Boston, MA - Friend   May 02, 2021

To the Cannon Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Hold all those beautiful memories of Larry close to your hearts. What an amazing man! We cant thank him enough for all the great times we had at the marina. Larry was always so kind, friendly, nice and helpful. He will be missed!

Posted by Nancy & Gary Lamb - Merrimack, NH - Friend   May 02, 2021

Dear Eileen and Chris and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Larry's death, but reading his wonderful and loving obituary brings back so many amazing memories of what your entire family has contributed to Boston Harbor and the South Shore. He, and Dick Nakashian, and you all were what got our ferries underway to Hingham in 1975 and thereafter...and look where we are today! It always seemed like home to visit on the Venus, the Bay State Cruises tugboat office at Long Wharf, and always so good in later years to catch up with Larry on the other side of the wharf at the Waterboat Marina. I loved the waterfront activity in those early days, and the creative and hardworking people there. Salt of the earth! Larry stands out among them. We have to write a book about these waterfront times, Eileen! But meanwhile, may your wonderful memories sustain you. Sending love and condolences, and thanks, for all he and you have done for Boston Harbor over all these years.

Posted by Martha Reardon Bewick - Friend   May 01, 2021

I am so sorry for this loss in your life. My heart goes out to you. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Maureen B Vasily - Acquaintance   May 01, 2021

Eileen and family...
So sorry to hear of Larry's passing. Although I've known him for nearly forty years from working on the other side of the wharf with Chris back in the old Bay State days with Dick our boss. I'd only see him only occasionally around Long Wharf, or if heading over to the marina to borrow the Eagle on days off, and of course all the crew parties. But certainly knew what a helpful and kind individual he was, always willing to help out, always friendly and don't believe I ever saw him get upset about anything! He was practically a one man institution for Boston Harbor, and certainly knew the better than most anyone else throughout his long career. May I offer my deepest condolences...
Respectfully,
Brian Brailsford

Posted by Brian Brailsford - Edgecomb, ME   April 29, 2021

Eileen, we are so sorry for the loss that you are enduring. Larry always offered a wonderful, bright persona with a warm welcome, a quick wit and a fun to be with presence. We enjoyed visiting with him at the marina, on Martha's Vineyard and at so many family gatherings over the years. He will be missed. Every time we visit the waterfront area we will feel the imprint that he left on it and the seafaring legacy that he has left behind.
May the wonderful memories that you created and shared with him forever buoy you up and provide you with calm, smooth sailing as you begin this new voyage without him!

Posted by Diann and Paul Ward - Norwood, MA - Family Friend   April 29, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to the family. From, Lady Sarah II, The Cosman Family

Posted by Sarah Cosman    April 28, 2021

Wishing Larry safe passage and his wonderful family only the best memories. Suzy and Connie

Posted by Constance Emmett - Hawley, MA - Family Friend   April 28, 2021

Eileen and Family, my deepest condolences on your loss. Larry was a wonderful and generous man. Ill never forget the time we were in New Orleans for a REALTOR convention and Larry invited me to join him at an NFL game in the Superdome!! We had a great time!!! He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Bill Donohue - Melrose, MA - Friend   April 27, 2021

As the father of a wonderful son-in law, it was my pleasure to know and see Larry at family events. Unfortunately, they are often short and far between, but it was always a delight to sit and talk with Larry, get a few comments and that wonderful smile. I have missed him and every time I go through Boston, I will look over and give another thought of simply a "great guy". We shall talk again. Chuck Sulkala

Posted by Chuck Sulkala - Walpole, MA - Family   April 27, 2021

I met Larry as a member of the Boston Police Harbor Patrol around 1992. I was new to the Unit, but Larry was always there to give advice and talk about the history of the Harbor then, and throughout my time at the Unit. He Always had a smile, and always willing to help. My deepest condolences and prayers are with Larry and his family. God Bless !

Posted by Phillip Terenzi - Boston, MA - Acquaintance   April 26, 2021

Eileen and Family, With great sadness I heard from Leah yesterday morning about Larry's passing. He was more than an interesting and successful guy. What a life he lived! Husband, Father, friend and all around great guy. He will be missed by those who knew him. I will be thinking of you all while you Celebrate is life. I am a regular at a local coffee and bagel shop....I will pass it on! I hope to visit with you when the Coast is clear. Regards Doug

Posted by Doug Brittingham - New Milford, CT - Family Friend   April 26, 2021

Eileen & family

So sorry to hear of Larrys passing. I enjoyed the years of working with him on many of the ships that called on the Port of Boston.

Also many of the visits to the "Waterboat Marina" with my private vessel & his yearly dock "events"!

He will be missed!

Steve Driscoll

Posted by Steve Driscoll - Beverly, MA - Coworker   April 26, 2021

Eileen and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. You were so great together and you took such wonderful care of him when he needed it the most. I hope you take comfort in your memories and devotion to each other. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Maurine Garipay

Posted by Maurine Garipay - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   April 25, 2021


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