I met George when we were both sent to train with the field artillery of the 95th Infantry Division in Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania in early 1944. We spent the rest of the war together. He was a fiercely independent spirit then as he seems to have been for the rest of his life. He, Sam Singer and Lieutenant Voight formed the forward observer team for A Battery.His duties required him to be up front with the infantry. It was a dangerous job. His fellow enlisted man, Sam Singer, was killed.I respect George highly for the life he lived and send my condolences to Emily, Lila and his children. Richmond Mayo-Smith, Boston, MA.
Grace and Dan--
I'm thinking of you both at this time of loss, remembering with fondness your growing-up years near the Engel family.
With love and sympathy,
Oh George we will all miss you, always being the first one out on the hill and the last one in at the end of the day. Even the energizer bunny, as we always called you, has to run out of power some day. You will stay in our hearts and we will make another run down Mansfield for you.
I was so saddened to learn that Mr. Caner passed away. Last week, I thought of him and was thinking about calling him, or dropping him a line, to see how he was doing.
A smile crosses my face as I remember his furrowed brow when he was thinking, or deeply interested in something. I did a lot of research for him on intriguing subjects such as petroglyphs that revealed early skiing, ‘gutta percha' and UK-US golf ball patent litigation in the early twentieth century, and what town the side of the Blue Hills was in that could be viewed from the Essex Country Club (on which he was writing a history). His eyes would brighten with delight when information he was seeking arrived.
After Mr. Caner retired, when he visited the firm he would deposit his leather briefcase and famous raincoat in the Library, but I didn't often see him. So sometimes I would leave a yellow sticky note on his briefcase saying “Hello Mr. Caner.” He in turn would add “Hello Kim. GCC” and leave it for me.
His visits to the LexisNexis and Westlaw weekly drop-in sessions were legendary, especially for the vendor representatives!
I surprised Mr. Caner one year with a birthday card and a little book (I think it was) on golf history. He had such a delightful, almost sheepish smile on his face when he thanked me for them. Another time I found him a nifty history on the Boston Marathon, which he loved.
George Caner had such a passion for detail and getting things right. I loved that, and him.
It was a privilege to have worked for Mr. Caner at Ropes & Gray for over 15 yrs.
As a lawyer, Mr. Caner was a tenacious finder of fact, unafraid to develop the evidence and stand his ground.
Long before the term was in vogue, he was and remained a life-long learner, cultivating studious habits he acquired early on in school.
The word retirement was not in George Caner's vocabulary and he never retired from his own dogged pursuit of excellence. He wrote two books and one WWII memoir. His astonishing recall and ability to reconstruct dates, times, places and military campaigns in his WWII memoir was mind-boggling. He still had the original letters he wrote home during the war. A Mass. judge once compared Mr. Caner's trial case memoir to that of Louis Nizer. His Essex County Club history is the gold standard for works of its genre.
Mr. Caner's love of skiing was in a class all its own. Some people ski down mountains; Mr. Caner flew down mountains on skis.
His love of his family and dedication to their well-being ran deep. A unique and colorful force of nature, Mr. Caner will be remembered and missed not only by me but by all who were blessed to know him.
Rose M. Senatore, Retired Secretary R&G