Stephen (Steve) Alan Cannon, 74, took the checkered flag at Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015.
He drove many incredibly smooth and inspirational laps along the way, and he won with dignity. He demonstrated the “fight” in firefighter as he battled with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia for the past 2.5 years. In barber shop terms, he was “a cut above” the rest.
Born Oct. 28, 1940, and raised on the farm in Oakwood, he was the son of Dorothy (Seymour) Dalbey, 97, and Leland Cannon (deceased).
Steve was married to Sherry (Downing) Cannon of Danville, for 29 years.
He leaves behind his daughter, Pamela Lynn Cannon-Garcia (Michael) of Springfield, Ill., and his son, Stephen Alan Cannon Jr. of Denver, Colo. Other survivors include his grandchildren, Chloe Marie Garcia and Cannon Michael Garcia of Springfield; his brother, Mikel Cannon (Mary Kay) of Oakwood; his Aunt Ida Belle (Seymour) Condon of Oakwood; his nieces, Jodie, Jill, Christine and Cathi; and many cousins and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Cannon; his stepfather, Frank Dalbey; and his uncles, Kenneth and Hubert Seymour.
In his early years, Steve and his brothers were helping on the farm, playing football and getting into trouble as they learned all about cars. He was a good student and attended University of Illinois for a semester before joining his brothers as a licensed barber in Danville for 50 years. He operated his own barbershop and, in between haircuts, he decided to try the insurance business. He continued the insurance business for 30 years, later developing a niche in auto racing liability insurance.
He joined the Danville Fire Department in 1968, serving the community for 29 years. While on the fire department, he was Firefighter of the Year, promoted to lieutenant and also served as union president. Steve was very active in politics as a staunch Democrat in Vermilion County. He was elected twice as chairman of the Vermilion County Board of Review.
Steve was an avid sports fan. He loved attending Illini football and basketball games with his friends and family. He played in a tennis league and enjoyed watching it on TV. He played pool with his friends around Danville and was a die-hard Cubs fan, even watching them in his final days