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Joseph P. "Red" Canty Sr.

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Canty, Joseph P. "Red" Sr. ALBANY Joseph P. "Red" Canty Sr., of Swan St. and formerly of Waterford, departed for Heaven on the morning of December 11, 2013 at the age of 91. Born on August 21,1922 in Watervliet to James and Mary (Brennan) Canty, he was the youngest of three children, a devout Catholic, husband to Irene Canty, and a proud father. Mourning his death, yet celebrating his life, are his wife and children, Linda Canty, Joseph Canty, Jr., Marilyn (George) Oliver, Maureen (Thomas) Buechner and David (Sharon) Canty; his stepchildren, Agatha Pike, Chris Florio and Sharlie (Gary) Rodd; his grandchildren, Noah J. Nelson, Stephanie and Cassandra Canty, Christopher Radcliffe, Tara and Tyler Davis and his great-granddaughters, Jakira and Saniyah; his former daughter-in-law, Darla Canty and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Wall. His siblings, Grace and William; his former wife, Norma and his granddaughter, Courtney Oliver, predeceased him. Joe enlisted in the in the Naval Construction Battalion, also known as the Seabees. Joe joined the Navy and saw the world! His time with the Seabees brought him from the Aleutian Islands to the shores of Saipan and Okinawa in the Pacific theater. After the war, Joe wed Norma Jean Wall making their home in Waterford where they raised their five children. Joe retired from the State of New York where he met Irene wedding October 26, 1984. Especially among children, Pa was a known jokester with his antics always bringing smiles to the faces of those around him young and old. A humble man, Joe was ever-present with an understanding ear equally prepared to listen, dispense sage advice, or comfort with a kind word. After suffering a heart attack nearly 40 years ago, Joe transformed his diet and lifestyle serving as an example of determination for his family to see. Joe's transformation was not in vain; he enjoyed and brought joy to others in the years following his heart attack. His walks at Westland Hills Park changed from a daily exercise routine to an opportunity for a dad and grandfather to hear problems, talk sports and history, or simply enjoy silence together. Joe was a voracious reader of history, particularly the Civil War, and loved playing Scrabble and Jarts. He enjoyed tinkering at camp on the Great Sacandaga Lake and was an avid Yankees and Giants fan. Although battling Alzheimer's in the waning years of his life, the impression he left on those around him is indelible. Always with a gleam in his eye and a witty remark on standby, this husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend will be terribly missed. Joe's children want to acknowledge and thank Lolly for her endless devotion and the tireless care given to their father. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral Mass on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. Interment will be in Waterford Rural Cemetery.There will be no public viewing hours. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Wounded Warriors or to the in care of the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St., Waterford, NY 12188. To express your sympathy or share a treasured memory visit; Brendesefuneralhome.com
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Phillip J Brendese Funeral Home
133 Broad St Waterford, NY 12188
(518) 237-8296
Published in Albany Times Union on Dec. 13, 2013
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