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2643 Old Bridge Rd
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Joel Cannilla

Joel Edward Cannilla

Thursday, March 14th, 1935 - Thursday, September 5th, 2019
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Joel Edward Cannilla, MD, 84 of Manasquan passed away at home with his loving family by his side. Joel was born and raised in Woodbridge where he graduated from Woodbridge High School. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD then his doctorate from Seton Hall Medical School. Joel then enlisted into the US Navy and served at the rank of Lieutenant. After his military service Joel performed his residency at Jersey City Medical Center, worked at the Boston VA Hospital, VA Hospital in East Orange, St Clare’s Denville Hospital and Morristown Memorial Hospital where he was the Director of Cardiology. He was a member of The American College of Cardiology. Joel finished his career in private practice operating Morristown Cardiology Associates. He was an outdoor enthusiast enjoying tennis, skiing, cycling, bocce and pickle ball. Joel was an active participant with the pickle ball leagues at Four Seasons of Wall. He also loved traveling with his wife and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Joel is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years Mary Lou Cannilla of Manasquan; his loving children and their spouses Michael and Susan Cannilla of Florham Park, Tony and Linda Cannilla of Morristown and Catherine and Tom Branch of Sea Girt. He was predeceased by a son Joel Cannilla, Jr. Joel is also survived by his beloved sister Jackie Keshian and her husband Richard of Arlington, MA, and eight cherished grandchildren Kelsey Branch, Alex Branch, Nina Branch, Cara Cannilla, John Cannilla, Christina Cannilla, Katie Cannilla and Sara Cannilla.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 1-5 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 am Monday, September 9, 2019 at St. Denis Church, Manasquan. Cremation will be private. A Memorial Service is being held 10 am Saturday, October 5th at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, 1 Union Street Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691 or American Cancer Society, 2310 Route 34 Suite 1D, Manasquan, NJ 08736. To send condolences to the family please visit
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    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Thomas More Catholic Church
    4 Convent Road
    Morristown, New Jersey 07960
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Charles Farber

Posted at 10:03am
I am a physician at Morristown Medical Center. One cold winter evening, in the Doctor's Parking Lot, I left the hospital and my car wouldn't start. I popped the hood open and spent a few moments thinking what would I do next. Call my wife and tell her I'd be late? Call AAA? Several cars drove past mine but one stopped with the front end facing my car. Without saying a word, Dr. Cannilla pops out, opens his trunk and pulls out booster cables and says, "We'll get this taken care of." Three minutes late I was driving home. I will never forget his kindness, generosity, gentle manner and intelligence. G-d bless him and his family. He was a wonderful man!


Posted at 06:39pm
I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work for and be acquainted with Dr. Canilla after he and Mrs. Canilla retired to Wall. His sense of humor and kind and generous nature made him one of my favorite clients. I will truly miss him. He was one of a kind that led a life well-lived. Peace and prayers to the entire Canilla family during this difficult time. Love, Jayne Kelly

michael mittelmann, M.D.

Posted at 02:50pm
We cherished out friendshiip with Joel very very much...........many stories of our medical careers and other times were shared during numerous miles on the Fitness Center treadmill at Four Seasons at Wall. He will always be remembered and never forgotten. Suzanne and Michael Mittelmann

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