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CANNING, Raymond John, 97, of Midlothian, Va., went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2012. He was a devoted husband, father and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Vernon Stone Canning. He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Canning Thornton; one grandson, Christopher Clay Thornton; loved brother-in-law, Alfred L. Stone Jr. He retired after 40 years with Capital City Iron Works as a sales manager. He was a Mason for over 50 years, an excellent woodworker and craftsman, and a member of the Richmond Engineer's club. He spent a lifetime of active service at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He was loved by many family members and friends who gave him great joy. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2012 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1214 Wilmer Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Lawrence room located in the church parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church Choir. A private burial will be held at a later date at the church.

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This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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Published online on 11/17/2012 courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch.