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Anne Treacy Canavan

November 10, 2013

Anne Treacy Canavan, 92, passed away on November 10, 2013 in Fort Myers, Florida. "Treacy", as she was known to her friends since high school ("Anne", to those in the Shell Point community), was born Anne Elizabeth Treacy in Jersey City, New Jersey to Anne Elizabeth Beggans and Judge John Joseph Treacy. She was pre-deceased by her two sisters: Marie Galway of Glen Rock, NJ, and Dorothy Merrey of Ridgewood, NJ.

Treacy is survived by her sons Alan R. Hickok (Sheila), Rochester, NY and Stephen R. Hickok (Andrea), Dunedin, FL; daughter Treacy H. Malloy (Jim), Richmond, CA; stepsons C. Robert Canavan (Jaye), Tarpon Springs, FL and James Canavan (Teresa), Safety Harbor, FL; stepdaughter Lynn M. Canavan, Safety Harbor, FL; two nephews, Tony Merrey (Sheryl), Roswell, GA, Drew Galway, NY, NY; two nieces, Marianne Galway, NY, NY, Ellen Owen (John), New Rochelle, NY; two granddaughters, Marla Shannon (Patrick), Rochester, NY and Cristina Carey (Matthew), Rochester, NY; two great-granddaughters, Madison and Emilia Carey, Rochester, NY; and numerous other step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

The youngest of three girls, Treacy attended Dwight School (NY, NY) and Smith College (Northampton, MA) before becoming the wartime bride of Alan O. Hickok (Rochester, NY) during World War II. She later became the well beloved wife of Robert M. Canavan (Lewiston and Rochester, NY, and Sanibel, FL). Described by some as a graceful, fashionable society beauty, Treacy's singing and song writing, dancing, and sometimes wicked sense of humor earned her many creative and interesting friends wherever she went. She was always surrounded by music, and was a patron of the arts. In Rochester, NY, where she lived for over 40 years, she served in the Junior League, the Rochester Art Gallery and as an organizer and fundraiser for the Twigs (on behalf of Rochester General Hospital) and other community service groups. She continued many of these activities when she and Bob Canavan built their home on Sanibel Island, FL. Throughout her adult years, she also maintained a summer home on the Lake of Bays in Ontario, Canada, where she spent many happy summers with her friends, family and extended family. Throughout her life, however, she thought of herself as a "city kid" and loved returning to New York City and visiting other great cities around the world. Treacy was an avid hiker, swimmer, skier, water skier, boater, golf and tennis player, reader, songwriter, and world traveler who reveled in life. She had a strength and spirit that will be sorely missed by those who knew her.

A private family gathering will be held in the summer. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hope Hospice at Shell Point, C/O The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point, 15010 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239-466-8484)

Published in The News-Press from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, 2013
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