Jean-Pierre Canabou (1946 - 2018)

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JULY 10, 1946 – APRIL 13, 2018
Jean-Pierre "JP" Canabou, MD, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2018, at his Modesto home with loving family by his side after a brave, year-long battle with cancer. He was 71.
Born in Béziers, a town in southern France, he moved to the United States at the age of 10 and grew up in South San Francisco, CA.
JP attended San Jose State University where he met his wife, Geraldine. They were married in 1970 and journeyed to France shortly after to begin their family and JP's medical education at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montpellier. His subsequent training took them to Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, where he completed his internship, and Spartanburg, SC, where he completed his residency before he and Geraldine moved to California. Each medical port of call offered an opportunity for children with different nationalities—first with twins André and Marc (France), Christine (Canada) and Emilie (United States).
In 1982, JP settled his family in Modesto and joined the Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, where he made his mark on the community as a family physician serving patients for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 2010. JP was dedicated to providing high-quality, compassionate patient care. During his career, he served as the Chair of Family Practice and Pediatric Medicine, playing a critical role in expanding and setting the standard for Gould's family care. He was a well-known face at Memorial Hospital, where he was admired by colleagues and patients.
JP enjoyed a fulfilling and meaningful life in which he contributed so much good to so many in the community. Beyond his dedication as a doctor, he is remembered as a soccer coach for recreational and competitive teams for Modesto Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and the Ajax United Soccer Club; an avid Oakland A's fan; an enduring friend; a helpful neighbor; a merry and welcoming host; and a bowler who as the retired doctor in the senior league was known to answer occasional medical questions lane side. He was also a skilled vacation planner; a Frenchman in search of the perfect croissant and a good $8 bottle of wine; and a resident of Berkeley and Modesto for the past 36 years. Most of all, he was known as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Diagnosed last April with a rare form of cancer called Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer), JP managed his terminal illness with grace, honesty, and humor. The Canabou family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, and staff that cared for him this past year.
JP was adored by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gaston and Madeleine Canabou, his brother Christian and his aunt Denise. He is survived by his loving wife, Geraldine, of 47 years and their children André Canabou (and his wife Daniela), Marc Canabou (and his wife Elaine), Christine Haven (and her husband Tom), Emilie deLorimier (and her husband Tim); their beloved grandchildren Luke, Paxton, and Benjamin; his brothers René and Gérard (and his wife Marguerite); and many relatives, nieces, nephews as well as great nieces and nephews.
His warm, generous spirit and broad smile will be deeply missed. A memorial service celebrating JP's life will be held on Friday, June 8, 11am-2pm at Vintage Gardens, 4342 Dale Rd., Modesto, CA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Community Hospice ( and (

Published in the Modesto Bee from Apr. 22 to May 31, 2018
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