Robert W. Cannon, a retired real estate attorney who had been a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Saul Ewing LLP, died of lung cancer Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 84.

The son of George Cannon and Florence Dean Cannon, Robert William Cannon was born and raised in Milwaukee, where he graduated in 1948 from Marquette High School.


Mr. Cannon earned his bachelor's degree in 1952 from Marquette University and his law degree in 1954 from Marquette University Law School.

He began his legal career as assistant general counsel for Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co., then joined his brothers, who were partners in the Milwaukee law firm of Cannon, Cannon & Cannon.

A real estate attorney, he came to Baltimore in 1968 and joined the firm of Weinberg & Green, which became a part of Saul Ewing LLP in 1998. He was later named a partner.

"Bob was a stalwart member of the firm's real estate practice and was highly regarded for his integrity, outstanding client services and skill in mentoring associates," Charles O. Monk II, a Saul Ewing managing partner, said in a statement.

Mr. Cannon retired in 2012.

He had also been general counsel to the Maryland County Chamber of Commerce and president and general counsel to the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce. He was chairman of the Baltimore County Revenue Authority from 1981 to 1997.

The former 45-year resident of Cockeysville moved to Bethany Beach, Del., after his retirement. He was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and a parishioner at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach.

He was an Orioles, Ravens and Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed golfing and Bible studies.

"He was proud of his Irish heritage and was a member of the Hibernians," said a daughter, Trish Ewachiw of Cockeysville.

A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Cannon will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 100 Church Lane, Cockeysville.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Cannon is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Mary Olive McClimon; five sons, Rob Cannon of Reisterstown, Brian Cannon of Phoenix in Baltimore County, Terry Cannon of Hampstead, Tim Cannon of Baltimore and Mike Cannon of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two other daughters, Mary Frerichs of Timonium and Maureen Geary of Hunt Valley; eight grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen