Mr. Cannella had been a librarian at Johnson & Wales University, and was serving as a hospitality research librarian at Florida International while completing a master's degree in fine arts.
He enjoyed poetry and literature and had published a volume of his poems. He was also an avid chess player and reader.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9215 Old Harford Road in Parkville, where he had been a member.
Survivors include his wife of nine years, Mariana Medina-Cannella, a producer of film commercials, and a daughter, Zoe Isabella Cannella of Miramar, Fla.; his parents, who live in Carney; a sister, Dana Cannella, also of Carney; and his grandmother, Ruth Ann Cannella of Parkville.