Fay Cannon passed on January 5, 2000. I know he is loved and he will be missed by his wife, Phyllis, their 4 children, Nellie, Bobsie, Sandy and Rocky, their ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren, all their relatives and many friends

Good job, Fay.

This is the eulogy that Fay Cannon's granddaughter, Melissa (Bobsie's daughter) delivered at his funeral, January 7, 2000.

"On behalf of the entire family, I would like to thank everyone for coming today. Your outpouring of love has overwhelmed us. Last night, during the receiving of friends, I was in awe of the constant flow of friends and loved ones. Many of you have returned, once again today, to pay your respects to a truly remarkable man. We are so thankful for each and everyone of you and your thoughts, prayers, support and most of all your love.

I feel that I was led to speak to you today and am honored to do so. Fay Cannon, or as we affectionately call him, Pop, was an incredible human being. He played the roles of son, brother, uncle, husband, father, surrogate father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend and he excelled at each and every one of them. He gave of himself completely.

God was the center of his life and his family made him whole. He took great pride in this family, in each and every one of us and loved us dearly. You could see that love and pride in his baby blue eyes.

Pop was born in Butte, Montana in 1920. He was the third of four sons born to Fay Sr. and Nellie Christen Cannon. He suffered a tragic loss at the age of 10 when his mother died. He became the primary source of care for his 11-month-old brother when his father was left a widower with four boys. Fay Sr. remarried when Pop was 13 and he and his wife, Ruth, gave Pop another brother and his only sister.

Fay and Phyllis met in church at the age of 15 and married in June of 1941. Their relationship was a love affair that would last a lifetime. From the beginning Pop was a big factor in their love life and family life, and was also instrumental in Mema's career in music. He helped her to obtain a voice scholarship, which enabled her to go to college, and was always encouraging and supportive of her music. He was her biggest fan.

Their four children, Nellie, Bobsie, Sandy and Rocky, were the light of their lives and they considered them a blessing from God. From conception to birth and through the rest of their lives. Pop was always there working, helping, guiding and played a significant role in their development.

As their children grew and married, their family circle expanded. With the birth of each of their 10 grandchildren, their marriages and the eventual birth of their two great-grandchildren, the love of this family continued to grow and grow.

Over the years, our family circle welcomed with open arms, friends who have since become part of our extended family. Pop and Mema's hearts and home have always been open. During the past few days, I have been able to put faces to names I have heard of throughout my life.

Pop took great care in forming unique relationships with each and every one of us. To have not made an emotional investment in a relationship with him would have been a great loss. It is impossible to put into words what this one man has meant to me and the impact he has had on my life. The wonderful thing is, I know that I am not the only one who feels this way. He has impacted each and every life he has touched. An expression of our deepest gratitude to him could never be enough. To simply say "I love you," could never convey the depth to which it is felt. He has always recognized the necessity and taken the time to be there when we needed him the most. He had a limitless amount of love, support, encouragement and made it known that we were each special in our own unique way.

Pop has always been fiercely strong and deeply loved. His strength grew when surrounded by the love and laughter of his family, which was evidenced over and over again during his final year with us. It is our privilege to have known him and been loved by him. We all find comfort in the knowledge that he is with our Lord and Saviour and that we will see him again one day. You may have left us physically, but your spirit lives on in our hearts forever.

May you always walk in sunshine
And God's love around you flow;
For the happiness you gave us;
No one will ever know.
It broke our hearts to lose you;
But you did not go alone;
A part of us went with you,
The day God called you home."