Charles 'Ted' Cann, 77, construction firm founder

Charles "Ted" Cann, founder of a Baltimore construction and general contracting firm, died of chronic lung disease June 3 at his Monkton home. He was 77.

Mr. Cann was born in Baltimore and raised on Hilldale Avenue. He was a 1943 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a degree in architecture from the Johns Hopkins University.


He worked for Pirracci Construction Co. until the 1970s, when he established Structures Inc. He sold the business in 1985 and retired.

"He often reminded me to 'be fair in business and don't be afraid to tackle something even if it turns out wrong. You always learn a lesson from what you do in life,' " said his son, Arthur Douglas Cann of Hunt Valley.


Mr. Cann was married for 20 years to the former Ruth Irene Garvey, who died in 1979.

He enjoyed woodworking and home improvement projects.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Mr. Cann's home, 16409 J.M. Pearce Road.

In addition to his son, Mr. Cann is survived by two daughters, Diana Elizabeth Cann of Amherst, Va., and Leslie R. Cann of Baltimore; two brothers, Jerry Cann and Howard Cann, both of Annapolis; a sister, Edna Mae Loane of Sudbrook Park; and a grandson.