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Joy K. Cannon

September 23, 1937 ~ March 22, 2022 (age 84)


Joy K. Cannon, died peacefully in her sleep March 22, 2022 at home in Orangevale, California. Born in Rochdale/Todmorden, England, on September 23, 1937, she is the daughter of the late Wilfrid and Harriet Ann Kingsbury. She is survived by her beloved sons Dean Galiano and wife Marilyn, Craig Galiano, and Drew Galiano, her sister Angela Pethick and husband Jack, grandchildren Kelsey Hobbs, Kolin Galiano, Kieran Galiano, Dorie Galiano, and Danielle Galiano, and great grandchildren Eddy, Ahna, MaryJane, Sierra, Abigail, and Bane.

Joy grew up in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, England. At age 19, she took a trip to Blackpool and met Charles Galiano who was stationed in Liverpool while serving in the US Air Force. Joy and CJ were married in Todmorden in 1956 and then she began her lifetime adventure living in the United States, in Buffalo, NY for many years, then in Rancho Cordova, CA in 1967, and finally settling in Orangevale, CA in 1976.

Being a full-time mom of three boys kept Joy busy, especially in the numerous years she did it as a single mom. She avidly supported her sons in Mills Little League and Babe Ruth and married one of the great loves of her life, Les Cannon, after first meeting him when he umpired her sons’ Little League games. Joy and Les lived and loved over 15 years until she lost him to sudden illness in 1988. She had one last love and soulmate, Mas Ando, who tragically passed away in the summer of 1993, months before their planned wedding.

Her enduring love of baseball started watching the 1967 World Series shortly after moving to Rancho Cordova from Buffalo. The following summer the A’s moved from Kansas City to Oakland and one of her lifetime passions was kindled – listening, watching and die-heartedly rooting for her A’s. In the last 54 years, there were fewer than 10 A’s games that she missed either listening to on the radio or watching!!

In 1973, Joy started to take painting classes at the Rancho Cordova Rec Center and began to find true joy in art in the medium of oil painting. She was a natural artist, as was her father Wilfrid. She focused on landscape and still-life oil painting and was a fixture at Northern California art shows for over 30 years, displaying and selling her pieces. Her artwork hangs on many walls across the West, and even in a few casinos.

With her charming British accent, talented, witty, intelligent, informed, creative, and very opinionated are just a few of the words you would use to describe her. Every day she read the paper in its’ entirety. She was a very loving mother who doted on her children and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed and always loved. Memorial arrangements will be private for family.


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