Thomas Henry Kanaly
June 2, 1927- May 21, 2014
NEW BERN | He was a resident of Home Place Assisted Living in New Bern, since 2013. Born in Melrose Mass. to Thomas J. Kanaly and Elizabeth Guiney Kanaly, brother to the late Marion Kanaly.
After Tom graduated Melrose High School, he entered the Navy towards the end of WWII
in 1945, serving until 1947. Upon discharge he entered Fordham University, for a year then transferred to Boston College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts and History. He continued his education at Geogetown University. Later he received his certificate in Education at Rutgers University.
Answering the call to the religious life Tom became a teaching Brother with the Xaverian Brothers of Belgium, from 1953 to 1976, starting his ministry in Hampton VA, to Bardstown KY, to Danvers MA., and the Bronx NY. Doing two assignments in England for 5 years, before returning to New Medford NJ. He loved interacting with children of all ages, high school being his favorite.
Upon retiring from the brothers, he then taught history in the public schools in Middlesex County, NJ.
In 1976, Bernadine Saus came into his life, they were married in 1977. Bernadine passed in 2004.
After teaching History, he became an administrator of Vocational/Technical Schools, retiring from this job in 1994. Tom and Bernadine moved to Fairfield Harbour in 2002, where he could spend his days playing golf and cheering the Boston Red Sox.
In 2007, Tom moved to McCarthy Court in New Bern to continue the good life New Bern has to offer.
Tom is survived by his brother-in-law, Ron Saus and wife Nancy and their sons David and Steven and their wives.
Tom was a life time member of the 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus, both in N.J. and St. Paul's in New Bern.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Tuesday May 27th at 11 a.m. Burial at a later date in Lawrence, MA.
Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.