Joseph Gannon

Obituary of Joseph T. Gannon

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Jospeh Gannon was the oldest of 10 children, raised on Woodside Avenue in South Buffalo. He was a graduate of Father Baker High School. He married the love of his life Tina, and they spent 61 years together to his very last breath. Joseph was the father of five children and grandfather to 13 children. A man of all trades, Joe had a very brief stint in the seminary, then joined the US Army 82 nd Airborne as a paratrooper. He later served in the Army Corps of Engineers but was also a steamfitter and a draftsman for Bel Aircraft before settling in to a 20-year career as a Buffalo Firefighter mostly with Engine 32, Ladder 5. A continuous learner, he went back to college while working full time and graduated with honors from Canisius College in 1975 with a degree in accounting. After retiring from the Buffalo Fire Department, he opened his own accounting practice supporting many of the businesses in South Buffalo for over 30 years. A renaissance man with a million hobbies and many friends, Joe was an athlete – an avid golfer, a handball player and swimmer with his friends at the Knights of Columbus and basketball player. He was a card shark with his pals at Gene McCarthy’s, a voracious reader, a talented artist who preferred charcoal and watercolor. He was a DIYer well before HGTV. He was a proud member of the Blackthorns. He trusted deeply in God with his faith serving as comfort throughout his life and more recently with his many health challenges. We’re sure he’s enjoying a Snickers bar and a Manhattan with the angels. Fondest memories of his grandchildren include feeding cheerios to the ducks by Caz Creek, receiving golf lessons, learning to fish with him and being teased by him popping out his false teeth. They cherished every trip to Fran and Ceils and Custard Corner for ice cream and chatting over breakfast at Apollo. He exemplified resilience, faith, and most of all love for family. GANNON, Joseph T., passed away October 13, 2023, beloved husband of Santina "Tina" (Cogliandro) Gannon, dear father of Grace Marie Gannon, Patrick (Patti), Kathleen (Robert) Luparello, Christina (Jamie) Quinn and Joseph (Amy) Gannon, loving grandfather of Bridget, Sean, Brendan, Ryan, Megan, Kayla, Claire, Maeve, Erin, Maggie, Kate, Reese and Knox, son of the late Joseph T. Sr. and Kathryn (Starkey) Gannon, brother of Regina (Douglas) Dustin, Irene Enright, Thomas (Donna), Kathryn (late Carl) Jepson, David Gannon and the late Mary Pat (late Joseph) Sheehan, late Robert (Eileen) and the late Paul (Elizabeth) Gannon. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call on Monday from 3-7:00pm at the JAMES W. CANNAN FUNERAL HOME INC. 3155 Orchard Park Road in Orchard Park. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 11:30am at Our Lady of Charity Parish (Holy Family Worship Site). Please assemble at church. The entombment will follow the mass at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Hospice of Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Joe was a member of the Blackthorn and the Buffalo Irish Center. Online register book and additional obit at
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Visitation at Funeral Home

3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, October 16, 2023
James W. Cannan Funeral Home
3155 Orchard Park Road
Orchard Park, New York, United States


11:30 am
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Our Lady Of Charity Parish - Holy Family Site
1835 South Park
Buffalo, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

Holy Cross Cemetery
2900 South Park Ave
Lackawanna, New York, United States
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