David C.-Canegata-Obituary

Lt. Col. David C. Canegata

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands


As a boy, David C. Canegata played with G.I. Joes and even ironed their tiny uniforms. And as a youth, he was meticulous about his appearance, often fighting his three sisters for the bathroom mirror. "He was always positive and alive," said Adjutant General Eddy Charles. "We are all prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. David did. May he rest in peace." Canegata, 50, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, was killed Jan. 20 in a helicopter crash in Baghdad. He was assigned to Christiansted. Canegata was a primary adviser to the adjutant general on matters concerning intelligence, security, military support, training, aviation support and counter-drug operations. His sister, Dianne Canegata-Powell, said that on his last birthday, he gave his family a booklet with a timeline of his life from birth that included pictures and scriptures. "I believe he left this booklet to prepare us. He wanted us to know that in the end, what really mattered was his relationship with God," she said. He is survived by his wife, Shenneth; four children, Nicole, David-Mychal, Andre and Jessica; and a grandson, David-Mychal Jr.

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I missed my friend, my OCS buddy and Brother in Arms.

To the family and friends of Lt. Col. David C. Canegata:
It has truly been my honor to sign David's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that David will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy

To the family & friends of Lt. Col. David Canegata we still remember, honor and respect him after all these years since his passing.

January 20, 2012
To the family and friends of Lt. Col. David C. Canegata:
Always remembering David. "Some gave all."

To the family and friends of Lt. Col. David C. Canegata:
Please accept my remembrance of David on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers

Al, Dave and Ray, Ghazni PRT

I think of Dave often, the last time I saw him was on 24 October 2006 when he was with MAJ Al Gonzalez on a visit to Ghazni, Afghanistan escorting some distinguished visitors. Dave, Al and I worked together previously in the Readiness Division of the Army National Guard at Arlington Hall in Virginia. Dave was a good man who spoke of his family often was great to work with and I am better person having had the privilege to serve with him.

It's Christmas time, and my thoughts continuously acknowledge that it'll be another Christmas without my brother. My family will never be quite the same without him. Tersh lives on in our thoughts, memories and hearts, but I miss him. It'll soon be the 3rd anniversary of his death in Iraq, but it feels like just yesterday that we received the crushing news. We're blessed that the Lord has managed to bring us peace and comfort our hearts. Tersh may be physically gone, but he'll never, never be...

Thoughts of you "D" were on my mind as I remember your calming spirit and pragmatism with regards to life. Brother, you are missed, you left an indelible mark on countless lives and I thank you for the support you provided me over the years....we all will rendezvous one day on that shining hill, that place built in the heavens not with hands but by the Master Creator and God of our universe.

There are so many times I need to talk to my brother my best friend of 35 years...the only person who could turn my tears into laughter...oh how I miss you David. David was the "best spiritual friend" to anyone who called him friend.
He was always understanding and generous with his kind words, his smile was always warm. Even on the phone you can see his smile!
For those of us who had the opportunity to be a part of his life...his spiritual life, we know he is resting...