Marion Eileen Cannon 1933-2021


It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of Marion Eileen Cannon in her 87th year. She passed away peacefully while sleeping at her home in Toronto with her beloved niece, Laurie, in attendance.


She had a long and fruitful life,  managing to be independent and mentally alert to the end. Marion was born and raised in Toronto, the eldest daughter of Ethel and John Boyles.


She made many great sacrifices to raise her son, John, as a single parent. She remained a life-long support and role model for him. To provide a better life for the both of them, Marion went back to school for further education to better her prospects. Eventually, she worked for the Canadian National Railways for 30 years.


Her greatest sacrifice was understanding and accepting her son's decision to make a life for himself in Hong Kong because she knew it was the right decision for him and that he would feel fulfilled there. John never failed to regularly return to visit his mother and, in recent years, even more frequently and for longer periods.


Marion was fortunate to have had many travel opportunities with her son, some planned and some a sudden surprise, to places she would never have probably gone to: Hong Kong, Thailand, Nepal, England, Ireland and Scotland. Her last trip was to Nanaimo for whale watching, Vancouver and 5 day return to Toronto by train (in her late seventies).


She is survived by her son John, niece Laurie, nephews Danny, Lenny, Kenny, great - niece Amy, cousin Jim, her other son in Hong Kong, Kin, and everyone in the Campbell Clan.


Marion will be sorely missed in her local community where she was well-known and loved. Especially Marilyn and Beverly, with whom she had daily coffee chinwags and celebrated each other's birthdays at their favourite fish and chips shop. Many people at the local Tim Horton will also miss her greatly.


Marion managed to leave this world as she wanted: at home in her bed, mentally aware and peacefully in her sleep.


She has now embarked on the next stage of her spiritual journey. She will be sorely missed but remain in our hearts forever.

Due to the current Covid - 19 restrictions in Toronto that allow a maximum number of guests to attend a funeral, the service details will be kept private and attendance will be by invite-only.

The family thanks you for your support and understanding during this challenging time.



Burial / Entombment / Cremation


June 18, 2021
Inelda Price
Our deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. She will be deeply missed by everyone!! Tim Hortons will not be the same without her there!🙏😪❤
June 17, 2021
Chris Wood
Marion was always the chatty one whenever we would have a CN Rail Medical Services retirees get together .... I always liked to tease her if she had more than one Christmas gift left to buy around Labor Day. In reality, however, I really envied and admired how organized she always seemed to be. Your memory will always be cherished. Your friend always, Chris Wood
June 15, 2021
Laurie Priestman
My ray of sunshine is now gone! I am going to miss your weekly check-in calls... I feel alone... as you were very important to me in my life. I will miss you dearly, the wonderful memories you leave with me with... I will hold them dear to my heart forever. You are with your sister Rita now, hold my Mother tightly. I feel you both around me, keeping me strong. Love your niece Laurie xo