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Raymond Canales

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ASHFORD, Mass. -- Mr. Raymond Diego Canales, 85, of Route 7, New Ashford, died early Saturday morning, April 2, 2005, at his home.

He was born in Quincy, Mass. on Sept. 8, 1919, a son of the late Ramon Diego and Valentina Canales. He returned to LaCavada, Spain at the age of 2 and attended schools in Spain. He returned to the United States in 1936 and trained as a chef in the Boston area.

Mr. Canales was a veteran of World War II and served in the European Theater of Operations from Aug. 28, 1942 until his honorable discharge with the rank of staff sergeant on Aug. 24, 1946. He participated in the battles of the Ardennes, central Europe and Rhineland and received the Distinguished Unit Badge and Good Conduct Medal among his decorations.

Following World War II, he came to New Ashford and was employed as the head chef at the former Springs Restaurant from 1946 until 1969. In 1969, he purchased the LeCountry Restaurant in Williamstown, which he owned and operated until January 1996.

Mr. Canales was a member of the Second Congregational Church in South Williamstown.

Survivors include his wife, the former Beverly Nichols, whom he married on July 23, 1949 in New Ashford; one son, Gregory Diego Canales of Hancock, Mass.; one daughter, Lynn-Ann Canales of Pownal, Vt.; one brother and sister-in-law, Robustiano Diego and his wife, Josesa of LaCavada, Spain; seven nieces and nephews; a sister, Tomasa Diego, is deceased.

Funeral services for Raymond Diego Canales will take place Tuesday morning, April 5, 2005, at 11 a.m., at the Second Congregational Church in South Williamstown, Mass., with the Rev. Penny Rich Smith, Pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Southlawn Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to Friends of Renal Dialysis (FORD) at BMC or to VNA-Hospice of North Berkshire in care of Flynn and Dagnoli-Montagna Home For Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA 01247, which is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 4, 2005
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