He was born in Oklahoma City, OK, the son of the late Herbert R. and Alice (Purcer) Gannon, Jr. Dave was employed for over 35 years with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford. He was an avid golfer and longtime member and past Men’s Club champion at Quarry Ridge Golf Course, Portland.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Gannon of Overland Park, KS, Kelly Reyes and her husband, Ruben of Providence, RI, and Rebecca Baenig of Annandale, VA. He is also survived by his brothers, Michael Gannon and Patrick Gannon of East Haddam, his sisters, Gayla Bagley and her husband Ronald of Higganum, Casey Biega of Somers, and Amy Gannon of Norwich; two grandsons, Andrew and Benjamin Reyes and several nieces and nephews.
Some say a man with daughters always longs for a son, but with Dave this was not the case. Dave coached his girls in sports and reveled in their academic achievements. He taught them to be independent women by making sure they were able to do basic home improvement and automotive tasks. He shared his passion for music and sports with them. Later in his life, Dave experienced the joy of boys through his two grandsons who brought him much pride.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Jan. 20th) at 11 a.m. at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Portland. Friends may call at Biega Funeral Home, Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to The American Lung Association of the Northeast, 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, CT 06108.