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James Leo Gannon, IV

January 17, 1984 ~ October 23, 2023 (age 39) 39 Years Old

James Gannon, IV Obituary

     James Leo Gannon, IV went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 23, 2023.  He was 39 years old. 

     Born in Easton, Maryland, James was the son of James Leo Gannon, III and Evelyn Annette Gannon. Raised on the family farm in Cordova, James learned an appreciation for many outdoor activities and was proud of his Eastern Shore heritage. Wherever James was found, his slightly younger brother, David, and childhood friends Marc McDonald and Brian Petrichenko were usually by his side. Family always came first for James. 

     Intimidating on the football field and the wrestling mat, but gentle in life, James touched many lives. He graduated from Easton High School in 2002 and was a member of the varsity football and wrestling teams. While in high school James was a member of the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department and served his community as an EMT.  After high school James attended York College of Pennsylvania. It was there he met his new brothers in the Kappa Sigma Rho fraternity. At York College he also met the love of his life, Heather Fleischmann.  The two were married in 2019.  Their family grew in 2020 with the birth of their daughter, Isabella Lee Gannon. It grew again in 2022 with the birth of their second daughter, Paisley Marie Gannon. James’ girls were his pride and joy.  He was a loving father and devoted husband. He also found joy working alongside his father, brother, uncle, and many friends at Gannon’s Refrigeration. James was a special kind of glue. He had a way of bringing people together. It brought him great pleasure to gather his fraternity brothers and close friends together twice a year to share in the beauty and camaraderie of Eastern shore living. He rejoiced in them all just being together. The Lord touched James with a full measure of faithfulness from an early age. He loved Jesus with all his heart and took great comfort in Matthew 11:30: “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. 

     In addition to his parents, J.L. and Annette, James is survived by his grandmother, Donna Mckinney, his brother and family (David, Heather, Charlie, and Connor), his sister and family (Emily, Matthew, Lyla, and Sara), and countless aunts, uncles, and cousins.

     James was preceded in death by his grandfathers: James L. Gannon Jr. and David Ronald Mckinney, his grandmother, Eloise Wood Gannon, and his aunt Maria Gannon Nimmo.

In James’ words:

We will “tighten up for heaven’s sake”.

     His family will host a celebration of his life on Saturday, October 28, 2023, beginning 2:00PM, at 28151 Almshouse Rd. Oxford, MD 21654.

     If friends wish to make a memorial donation, the family suggests donations to Matt Blue and Family at

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