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George Joseph Canavan Obituary
CANAVAN, GEORGE JOSEPH; October 9, 1925 to March 27, 2013. He was the first son born to Irish parents, Ellen and David. He grew up in Dearborn and attended Fordson, leaving a bit early to join the Army Air Corps as a Radar Maintenance Specialist in Saipan, Tinian and Guam. He asked Doris Louise Gaines to marry him on their second date, tying the knot at St. Alphonsus Church on October 2, 1954. He worked as a surveyor for Dearborn, then was hired by Ford Motor, retiring after 25 years. George was famous for pretending his 1969 Maverick, was out of control and "drove itself" to Sunbeam Donuts after church on Sunday. Lots of laughing and smiles until we got home to Mom waiting at home with a full breakfast for us! Having 5 daughters and 1 son, Dad remodeled the basement, adding a bathroom with a shower so he wouldn't have to wait in line. He loved to laugh at Inspector Clouseau on the parallel bars or Don Knotts, "Karate - My whole body's a weapon," in "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" movie. Many family trips to West Branch, MI, the Kentucky Cumberland area, Clearwater, FL, and Camp Dearborn for the last 46 years. He loved golf, frequently shagging golf balls on the front lawn of Warren Valley. For many years he was a lector at St. Linus and a longtime member of the Food Committee. He and Doris loved to dance and also bowled on a St. Linus league for over 20 years. He grew tomatoes in the backyard, often teasingly bragging that they were "as big as cantaloupes" - in April! Duct tape was his favorite garage tool and he was a real magician with cars, even painting the roof of the Maverick with a paint roller. He would relax in the backyard with a cold beer listening to Ernie Harwell. He loved to sing, especially "the Bird Song." George was a quiet leader, content to be in the background and happiest when his family was happily gathered together. We will miss our Dad so much, but he is now with Mom and can sing to her once more. Thank you Dad for all your love. Doris Louise died suddenly last summer on July 18, 2012. They are both survived by their children, Doreen (John) Gasparella, George, Jr., Lura Allen, Jill (Robert) Fenech, Mark (Cecilia) Canavan, Janice (John) Filiatraut, Christy (Ron) Targosz; 18 grandchildren and their first great grandchild, Grace Doris, born the same day Great Grandpa George passed away.
Published in Heritage on July 3, 2013
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