MONTPELIER - Manuel Canas Jr., of College Street, passed away Nov. 26, 2013.
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Manny was born in Montpelier, Vt., Feb. 14, 1930, the son of Manuel and Josephine (Diaz) Canas, of Montpelier, formerly of Spain. He graduated from Montpelier High School, class of 1947, Vermont Junior College and following military service with the U.S. Army in the Korean War, received a degree from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Conn., and the Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Manny started his professional banking with the First National Bank of Montpelier as a cashier, then a loan officer, which later merged with the Chittenden Trust Co. During this time, he took all of the American Institute of Banking courses available and received a standard certificate. He also became involved in local politics. He became an alderman from Ward 2 at age 24; president, Board of Aldermen; chairman, Airport Commission; Planning Commission member; chairman, Board of Civil Authority; director, Montpelier Chamber of Commerce.
On Oct. 5, 1957, he married Dorothy Nilsson in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. They lived in Montpelier. He was elected mayor of the city of Montpelier from 1963 to 1966. His community service also included director and treasurer of the Central Vermont Economic Development Corp.; board member and treasurer of the United Way of Washington County; director of the Washington County Railroad Corp.; board member and development committee of Montpelier on the Move (MOM); coach, Montpelier Little League; and member of the Montpelier High School advisory committee. Manny was a lifelong member of St. Augustine Church, where he served as a member of the finance committee, chairman of St. Michael's board and an usher. He was awarded the Jaycee Distinguished Young Men Service Award, from both the city of Montpelier and the state of Vermont.
Leaving Montpelier in 1966 to become an assistant vice president of the City National Bank of Waterbury, Conn., then in 1972, he became a senior banking executive with the Hartford National Bank in branch administration. While in Connecticut, he continued his community service as chairman, Government Committee of the town of Cheshire, Legislative Banking Study Committee, town of Cheshire, and coach of Little League baseball.
In 1976, he moved back to Montpelier to serve as regional vice president of the Vermont National Bank until 1987, when he became an executive officer with the First National Bank of Vermont until his retirement. As always, Manny became involved in community service, serving as director and treasurer of the Central Vermont Economic Development Corp. and Central Vermont Investment Corp.; a member of the Montpelier War Memorial Committee; and a member of the American Legion Post 3. He enjoyed attending sporting events of his grandchildren and alma mater, Montpelier High School. He was an avid New York Yankees and New England Patriots fan.
Manny is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy; two sons, Gregory Canas and his wife, Karen, and Michael Canas and his wife, Karen; one daughter, Victoria Boudreault, and her husband, Gilles; five grandchildren, Justin and Nicole Canas, Travis and Brittany Taylor Canas, and Isabella Boudreault; and one great-grandson, Karsen Murphy; one sister, Josephine Cash, and her husband, Ed, who recently passed away; one brother, Jose Canas, and his wife, Rita; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, both in the United States and Spain.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 16 Barre St. in Montpelier. Interment will be held in the spring at the St. Augustine Catholic Cemetery in the Canas family plot.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Vermont Catholic School.
Visiting hours will be Monday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St. in Montpelier.
Published in Times Argus on Nov. 28, 2013