Local activist, resident dies

We got this e-mail earlier on a West Covina political activist that died last week. Sorry, I don’t have a photo of her and I can’t locate much other information, but hopefully we’ll be able to follow this sometime next week….

Longtime Democratic activist Gladys Cannon passed away last week after a
long battle with cancer.

Born August 15, 1926 in Edmunds, Washington, she moved to California as a
teenager and worked for 47 years in the lithography business until her
retirement in 1988. She was involved in many professional and political

The West Covina resident was a member of the board for 17 years of the
Graphic Communications International Union Local 405. She was deeply
committed to Democratic causes and was actively involved in the San Gabriel
Valley Democratic Center, as well as the Los Angeles County and state
democratic parties. She received numerous awards for her political activism,
including the Elvira Roberti Award from the Los Angeles Democratic Party for
“a lifetime of commitment and dedication to the ideals and principles of the
Democratic party and to the needs and dreams of all people.”

“Along with her husband Frank, Gladys was the face of the Democratic party
in our community. Her contributions will long be remembered and she will be
deeply missed,” said Assemblyman Dr. Ed Hernandez.

Cannon also received special honors from Congresswoman Hilda Solis who
selected her as an outstanding example of volunteerism in her district. This
award hangs above the fireplace at the Cannon home.

She was an avid sports fan and a member for 27 years of St. Christopher’s
Catholic Church.

Cannon is survived by her husband, Frank Canon of West Covina, one daughter
Nancy Hutchings, four step children, Vincent Egan Cannon, Mary Bly Diaz,
Gregory Canon and Brian Cannon, along with seven grand children and seven
great grand children.

Monday, September 15th
Viewing from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Rosary 7:00 p.m.
Custer Christiansen Mortuary
114 S. Glendora Avenue
West Covina, Ca 91790
(626) 919-3443

Tuesday, September 16th
Funeral Service 10:30 a.m.
St Christopher’s Catholic Church
629 Glendora Avenue
West Covina, Ca
(626) 960-1805

Burial/ Graveside Service at Rose Hills immediately after Church Service
Reception will take place back at St. Christopher’s Church after the Burial.

  • Jorge M.

    In 2005 when I got involved with the local Democratic club in Covina Gladys was one of the first people to welcome me in. She truly made me feel as I was at home. Her stories, passion, input, and support for the community will sorely be missed but remembered by all who came in contact with Gladys.

  • Ian J.

    I worked with Gladys on several city council campaigns and dispite the fact that I am a republican and she and Frank were democrats, the shared passion that we both had for our candidates and our love of community brought us together. The only time the Republican Central Committee voted for a democrat was when we voted for her chili en masse at the city’s 4th of July Chili Cook Off.

    We’ll all miss you Gladys. God Bless.