He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the retired superintendent of the New Orleans Harbor Police Department with 25 years of service. Also, he was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FPO) Crescent City Lodge No. LA002, the National Rifle Association and Michigan Avenue Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Joseph S. Cannatella Sr. and Elaine Basile Cannatella. He was also preceded in death by three brothers: Thomas, Ronald and Anthony Cannatella.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Renee Cannatella of Cleveland; five children: Joseph Cannatella III of Hammond, La., Kevin Cannatella of Gramercy, La., Lisa Stein and husband, Mark, of Kenner, La., Brian Cannatella and wife, Shelley, of Kenner, La., and Robert Cannatella of Cleveland; eight grandchildren; one sister, Althea LaCour of Gretna, La.; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor David Peters officiating.
Interment will follow in Hayes Shed Cemetery in the Michigan Avenue xommunity with military honors. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 12 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home prior to the service.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Cannatella family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.