As a child, Michael Cannon loved to draw pictures of bicycles and motorcycles.
And when not drawing BMX bikes, he was building and racing them, something he did through his teenage years.
Michael J. Cannon, of Dyer, died suddenly on May 27 at the age of 40.
Sadly, his death happened just a couple days before the wedding of his brother, Dr. Mark Cannon.
"Mike was so excited to go to the wedding," his brother said, noting that he already had his clothes laid out.
Cannon's love of vehicles continued into his adult years, said his mother, Ginny Mitamura.
"He was very talented at modifying and racing motorcycles and cars and became an amazing mechanic."
He could fix anyone's car regardless of the problem and often did it for free.
"He really liked to help people," his mother said.
A talented welder and fabricator, Cannon eventually brushed up his painting skills and formed his own company, M.A. Decorating, to paint houses and commercial buildings.
He especially loved to help clients create their decorating schemes.
"He was talented in everything he did," Mitamura said.
Her favorite memory of her son was how he visited once a week for morning coffee. "Then he would cook breakfast for us."
Cannon will be missed by his best friend of 28 years, Tony Starita. "Mike touched the heart of three generations of my family," he said, noting that his own father was like a second dad to Cannon and Starita's kids loved him very much.
"I'm going to miss his hugs, voice and ready smile -– and his unique sense of humor," his mother said.
Also missing him will be his stepdad, Mike Mitamura; biological father, Ross Cannon; his brother, Dr. Mark Cannon; and sister-in-law, Dr. Mandi Cannon.
Michael J. Cannon, of Dyer, died suddenly on May 27. A memorial service was held June 3. Cremation was handled by Burns Kish Funeral Home in Hammond.