Charles Cannarella "Chuck" 71 of Stone Mountain, Ga. passed away peacefully on January 16,2018 after a long illness.He was born May 3, 1946 in Paterson, N.J. to the late Charles and Theresa Cannarella. He graduated Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J. and was a fullback on the Varsity football team that won the state championship in 1963. He received his BS from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City Tenn , MS from University of Cincinnati, MMS Emory University School of Medicine and Doctorate from Jackson State University. He was an Anesthetist with Physician Specialist in Anesthesia for 19 yrs. After his children graduated college, he decided on a new career. He attended and graduated from the Police Academy. He worked for Porterdale Police Dept and soon became their Chief of Police and later Police Chief of Senoia. He was also a member of The Fulton County Sheriff Reserves. He then went on the work for Homeland Security. He had a passion for teaching and taught at Herzing University. In addition he taught CPR classes and ACLS to many physicians and staff. He was a past president of the American Heart Association. His biggest joy in life were his 5 precious grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 47 yrs. Joanne, daughter Jill (George) Pierce, son Todd (Heather) Cannarella, grandchildren Mitchell, Madeline and Maxwell Cannarella, William and Emily Pierce. sister Carolann Shaw, niece Colleen Cox, nephew John Shaw and several cousins. A vistation will be held Wednesday January 24 from 6-8 PM at Wages Funeral Home 1040 Main St., Stone Mountain. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday January 25 at 11:00 AM at Corpus Christi Catholic Church 600 Mountain View Dr., Stone Mountain. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to National Aphasia Association, PO Box 87, Scarsdale, N.Y. 10583 or online

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  1. It is so difficult to find the words to say when a person beloved by family, friends and so many people passes. Please accept my prayers and condolences.and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. So sorry for your loss. I know you will miss him. I never knew him but he looks like he was a very sweet, handsome guy. I know you have many wonderful memories Joann . My prayers for you to have strength and comfort during this time

  3. We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. There are no words that can help your pain. May the memories you all have and share always remain in your hearts. We are sending you love, prayers and strength. The DeMark family.

  4. Like family to our family. My bowling buddy for fourty years.
    Will always remember our fun together. There are no words to say what a loss this is. Will see you again one day.

  5. I learned so much from Chuck when he taught classes at the academy. He was a great teacher and a friend. He will be missed.

  6. One of the most genuinely dearest, kindest human beings who gave of himself in so many ways. RIP Chuck. You will be missed by all whose lives you touched

  7. Chuck used his God-given talents to the max to positively impact the lives of all he met. He was an entertaining storyteller who made his message come alive for those he taught. Chuck and his wife Joanne are truly servant-hearted human beings. They let their light shine for all to see at Corpus Christi and SVDP and elsewhere. Our prayers are with Joanne and the family in their time of sadness. We thank God for creating such a wonderful man who made the world a better place and lived the teachings of Jesus Christ!

  8. It saddens me that Chuck is gone but i kniw he is in a better place with no worries or illnesses to deal with. Pain free and Im sure he knows how strong you are all and will come together to deal with his loss. He showed so much love for his family and i know you all knew that. Prayers go out to the entire family. Love and peace to you all.

  9. It saddens me to hear of the loss of Chuck, my prayers and thoughts go out to his wife Joanne, his children and his grandchildren. Such a talented man, gone too soon, God indeed gained an Angel, as he was to so many in his life. Rest In Peace Chuck 🙏🏼✝🙏🏼

  10. Joanne I am so sorry to hear about the loss if your husband Chuck, from whatI read he must have been a beautiful person and contributed a lot to society, keep the good memories if him always, prayers to family and friends, RIP Chuck

  11. Life passes us by so quickly… Live each day with Love… My deepest sympathy to the family and friends. May his soul Rest in Peace.

  12. We were truly saddened to hear of Chuck’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

  13. Dear Joanne and family, Thinking of you all at this time of loss. Chuck was such a dear man to his family and giving of himself for so many. He will be missed. May your loving memories help you through this time. I know he is not gone but just gone ahead to be in the joy of our dear Lord’s loving arms. Hugs, love and heartfelt condolences to you all.

  14. Sorry for your loss. Remember Chuck while in law enforcement. Always even tempered and a credit to policing. He will be missed.

  15. To family and friends. We are so sorry for the loss of Chuck. It is so very hard to loose a loved one. May he be at peace and watch down on you and help protect you.

  16. He was a good a Police Officer and Police Chief. I enjoyed working with him, when I was at dispatch. He always treated everyone with respect. Praying for the family during this difficult time.

  17. I had the great honor of working with Chuck as his police chaplain at Porterdale Police Department and we became very close frineds. he will be surely missed by all.
    May God Bless the Family during this difficult time.

  18. I am so glad I got to know you and call you my friend. They don’t come any better that Chuck, one of the kindest people I have know. Rest in peace old friend.

  19. My condolences to all the family. I always enjoyed the ACLS classes that Chuck taught. He was a passionate man of many talents, and gave back so much to the community in his service.

  20. I had the honor of knowing Chuck for many years. We worked, trained and taught together for many years. Chuck was one of the most knowledgeable and versatile people I have ever had the joy of meeting. RIP my friend.

  21. Chief it doesn’t seem real. My heart sank when Todd told me you were ill then to get that phone call saying you were called home, heaven got a good one that day. Thanks for everything you did and taking the time to teach me as I was starting my public safety career. No matter if it was related to the fire side or law enforcement side you always had the time to mentor and teach us.
    GOD speed my friend, we have it from here………….

    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 KJV

  22. Please accept my deepest sympathy for friends and family of Chuck. I am sure his students at Emory remember him for his good nature and thoughtful guidance. He will be missed.

  23. Todd, my condolences to you and your family. Your dad was a very good man with a very sweet soul. I have fond memories during his time with Porterdale. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  24. Joanne,
    Annette and I were so sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. He was always a good friend and a joy to be around. God’s blessings on you and your family at this most difficult time.

  25. He was a good instructor, passionate about the subject and caring for his students. He was always pleasant to talk with and was a true “southern gentleman.” Always a pleasure to work with in law enforcement. His presence will be deeply missed.

  26. My condolences to the whole family on your loss.
    I always enjoyed working with Chuck at Saint Joseph’s Hospital and respected him for his intelligence, humor, hard work, extraordinary patient care and friendship.
    Somehow the world feels different knowing he’s not here. I will never forget him. He’s in our prayers.

  27. You will be missed by many in law enforcement. I enjoyed our time working together in the Sheriffs Dept. I will pray for your FAMILY, you will be missed.

  28. My Condolences to the Canarella family. It was always great to work with Chuck (and learn so much from him) at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was such a kind and funny man. I always felt lucky to have had him as a professor at Emory and later as a co-worker at SJHA. He will be missed but always remembered.

  29. My heartfelt sympathy goes to out the Canarella family. Chuck was a fabulous teacher, friend and coworker. He was always learning and freely sharing his knowledge with those around him and will be greatly missed. Lessons that he taught me I continue to pass on to new anesthetists on a regular basis. His loss will be felt by all he touched.

  30. Joanne,
    There are many memories that I have of Chuck, especially those of working together with him on the Cardio-thoracic Anesthesia service at Emory University Hospital in the 1970s & 80s. He was completely competent, with a great sense of humor which served to keep everyone in the OR relaxed and still focused on the patient and operation. When an emergency situation developed, he kept his cool demeanor and helped others to focus intensely on saving the patient. Because of his short stature, he would use risers to be eye-to-eye with the surgeons. A funny thing he did was to paint a small face on the end of a curved chest tube container, would be below the surgical drape, and hold it just above drape while moving it over the drape like a periscope. All loved and respected him as a person and completely professional anesthetist. God will bless his kind heart always at the ready to help his neighbor in need. Carl C. Hug, Jr., MD, PhD, Director of the CT Anesthesia Service, 1982-1998.

  31. What a smart and lovely guy it’s always difficult when losing someone we cherish and love acts 24:15 helps us to appreciate that there will be a ressurection and soon we will be reunited with our loved ones again my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  32. I only knew Chuck for a short time in the 2004-2006 time frame in his role with the Fulton County/MMRST team, Some people –
    from the very first time you meet them – show you that Christ is truly present within them. That’s the Chuck I met and knew.. So sorry to learn of his passing today as I sough to re-connect with him. May he rest in eternal peace in the mighty glory of God and heaven.

  33. It was a honor to know and call him my friend, Chuck and I were class mates during the Fulton County Reserves Academy Class, And a few years later he became my Chief at Porterdale Police Department. I moved on and seen Chuck a few times over the last 20+ years. I was honored to get tell him he was like a dad to me, I told him I loved him… You are missed my friend thank you for being a part of my life,

  34. I hate this I just found out!!! Chuck and I shared many interest and I googled him since I hadnt heard from him in a LONG time and had even called his house…..I was missing him , but thought he was playin with Grandchildren…..Im saddened by this….

  35. Chief Charles cannarella was a great man, who I admire very much. I will miss him, he taught many people’s the criminal justice system including myself. He shared many stories about being on the police force to his students and friends, that’s where his heart was. We love you Chuck. May God keep you and bless you in haven for being a blessing to so many people’s on earth.

    Reggie Maiden
    Your Truly

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