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Christan Carter Cannella was a research librarian who grew up in Severna Park.
Christan Carter Cannella was a research librarian who grew up in Severna Park. (HANDOUT)

Christan Carter Cannella, a research librarian who grew up in Severna Park, died of a heart attack Oct. 24 at his office at Florida International University in Miami.

The resident of Miramar, Fla., was 39.

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Born in Baltimore and raised in Severna Park, he was the son of John Carter Cannella, a developer and architect, and Patricia Dale Roberts, a Baltimore Commission on Aging secretary.

He was a 1995 graduate of St. Mary's High School in Annapolis, where he played varsity soccer and lacrosse.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Towson University and a master's degree in library science from Florida State University.

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.

— Jacques Kelly

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