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Brandon R. Cann, 22, of Beaver Meadows, passed away peacefully Monday at home, surrounded by his loving family and friends, after a 2 ½ year battle with brain cancer.
Born in Hazleton, he is the son of Robert F. and Jill A. (Gabos) Cann, of Beaver Meadows.
Brandon was a member of Holy Rosary R.C. Church, Hazleton, and a graduate of Marian Catholic High School, class of 2019. He attended Lehigh Carbon Community College and was first employed at Weis Markets, West Hazleton and then for Figas Construction, Weatherly.
At a young age, Brandon grew a love for baseball which began at Tri County Little League. He became a solid lefty pitcher and a fierce homerun hitter which earned him the nickname “Cann Man”. He took his talents to Marian Catholic High School, where he matured into an outstanding baseball player for the team.
Brandon’s true passion was a love for the outdoors, that’s where he found peace and solace. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, with many prized trophies. Brandon enjoyed many days in the woods, riding his four-wheeler and side-by-side, camping, and spending time with his friends.
Preceding him in death, were his maternal grandfather, Calvin Gabos; aunt, Cathy Gabos; uncle, Mark Gabos; and paternal grandparents, Frederick and Sylvia (Sobolewski) Cann.
Surviving, in addition to his loving parents are his dear sister, Gabrielle L. Cann of Beaver Meadows; maternal grandmother, Shirley Gabos of Orwigsburg; uncle, Calvin Gabos and wife Roseann of Tresckow; aunt, Renee Phile and husband Thomas of Drums; aunt, Kristen Astleford and husband Donny of Orwigsburg; many cousins and cherished friends also survive; and beloved pets Snickers, Doodles and Nala.
His funeral will be held Friday. Rev. Brian Clarke will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Rosary R.C. Church, Hazleton. Interment will follow in St. Kunegunda’s R.C. Cemetery, McAdoo.
Calling hours will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Damiano Funeral Home, Inc., McAdoo, and also on Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. in Holy Rosary R.C. Church, Hazleton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at www.chop.edu.
Condolences may be entered at www.damianofhinc.com.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia