Everybody loves to get mail, which meant that Christopher Cannon was a popular visitor to departments across Clark. For many years, Cannon roamed the campus, delivering letters and packages to staff and faculty who always welcomed his arrival.
The Clark community was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Cannon, whose work in the mailroom and through his other duties with Facilities Management made him one of the most visible presences at the University.
He joined Facilities Management (then known as Physical Plant) in 2003, spending much of his Clark career in Mail Services before moving into Campus Services. His children, Michael and Rory, were his favorite topics of conversation, recalls Dan Roderick, director of Facilities Management.
“Every time I spoke with Chris, which was often but not often enough, we always talked about his kids—how well they were doing with school and sports and how proud he was of them,” Roderick says.
Scott O’Connell, who worked with Cannon for years in the Clark mailroom, said Cannon was always eager to help his coworkers.
It’s a sentiment echoed by others.
“He was always there if you needed help,” says his Campus Services coworker Sandra Bernard. “He was an excellent coworker and an excellent father. He had a great personality — very funny.”
Robert Muir, who also worked with Cannon in Campus Services, said he and Cannon shared similar experiences throughout their lives. “We were great friends,” he says. “We shared our wisdom with each other and challenged each other. We worked well together.”
Cannon’s mother, Kathy, served as Clark University Controller for 21 years.