Joseph S. "Joe" Canty
Joseph (Joe) S. Canty

Anthem - With much sadness and adoration, the family of Joseph (Joe) S. Canty (Anthem, AZ) share his recent passing on April 24, 2021. Born January 2, 1942, in inner city Harlem, NY to Joseph and Mary Canty, Joe was the eldest of six children: Richard (deceased), Winslow, Edward, Louise (nee Leslie) and Jane (nee Giles), Joe worked hard all his life and was always dedicated to his family. He attended P.S 10, Cooper Middle School, Commerce High School, and received his BA in Marketing. He started his career working in the mailroom at Look Magazine, climbing the ladder of success to the marketing department, moving on to McGraw Hill, and numerous television stations on the east coast, eventually moving out west in 1989 first as the General Sales Manger at KTTU-TV in Tucson. In 1991, he and his wife, Carol. moved to Phoenix where he served as National, and later Local, Sales Manager at KTVK, 3-TV. Joe retired in 2005 and, several years later, started a national TV support business with his wife, which they sold in 2011. Joe enjoyed gardening, golf, jazz, exercising - he even ran the New York City Marathon with his best friend, Billy Nowell (Lafayette, CO). He is survived by his beloved wife of close to 58 years, Carol-Ann Canty, son Greg (Colorado Springs, CO), daughter Jeanine (Boulder, CO), four grandchildren: Dallas, Chalen, Jared, and Luke, a host of nephews and nieces, and his beloved sisters and brothers. They will remember his constant sense of humor, positive attitude, endless energy, and sincere kindness and caring always.

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Published by The Arizona Republic from Apr. 27 to May 2, 2021.
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Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Life of the party. Good food but the best part was the conversation.
Julie and Merle Nelson
May 18, 2021
Our delay in posting a memory was caused by our inability to find words that could express the sadness we feel at the loss of such a terrific, talented, humorous and loving friend as Joe. Our deepest sympathies to Carol and his entire family. We love you and treasure your friendship.
Lee Purnell
Patricia McCutchan
Lee Purnell and Patricia McCutchan
May 16, 2021
Joe left us with so many wonderful memories. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to Carol and her family.
Tom and Gloria Wyatt
May 5, 2021
I met Joe in 7th grade in Cooper JHS. We were in the same class thru graduation. The class was also the band class. We were taught how to read music and play musical instruments, I played clarinet. Joe played the trumpet. We both went to Commerce H.S. We both played in the band there. Unfortunately we loss track of each in the mid 60's.
warren roache
May 4, 2021
Joe as we knew him,always had a smile ,enjoyed telling stories to the kids when they were younger. Joe always gave his brother (Winslow) a birthday call where they would reminisce about old times. Joe will be missed but never forgotten,love you forever Winslow and Ann
Winslow /Ann Canty
May 2, 2021
Joe canty!
Good friends are rare jewels of life. Difficult to find and Impossible to replace!
We started our journey way back in 1958, and our friendship was forged. We went to different H.S.’s and different
Colleges, it did not matter, we still found time to hang out and talk about what we wanted to do in life. Joe went to City College Of New York, I went to the Academy of Aeronauts but again we still had time to stay in touch. Joe and I always spoke about Business and what we needed to do for our furthers. Joe works at Look Magazine, I worked at The United Negro College Fun, we were just blooks away from each other and some days when we could have lunch together we did.
We both had one tragedy early in our life, this came as we walked from lunch and noticed many people looking at T.V. store windows and crying! When we found out that John F. Kennedy was killed (11/22/1963) both of us ran back to our jobs to find out when, whare and how this could have happened. Much later we spoke about this without answers!
I met Carol at Hunter College prior to Joe ever knowing I had met her, her college was just turning from an all-girls collage, but he told me he was bringing this wonderful woman to a party some friends and I were having, Joe mentioned to Carol as they walk in and said he wanted her to meet is friend Billy! She said, “I know Billy”! That look was a thousand words! She told him that I there at Hunter to meet someone who she knew.
Our time had moved on when Joe asked me to be his best man at their wedding, wow! Joe had several other friends, and I was surprised he asked me, that was when we really became closer. To me it was a great responsibility and it made us closer friends. Sometime later when their kids arrived, yes, I was at every happy birth event. They knew I was responsible and giving them a night of to take care of both kids was a great honor for me, yes, I could always cook and getting them both to eat vegetables was a real job, but I was up to it and through trickery it always worked!
We and the family never stayed far from each other wherever they moved it was my job to stay in touch and visit. Sometimes it was hard, but we enjoyed sports, I was always running, and I got joy to do some 5K and 10K runs, it was not hard to challenge and get joe to do a Marathon, Yes, the N.Y. City Marathon we did great! We also enjoyed Tennis, but I never got the hang of golf even to this day, but I am working on it. As it was mentioned Joe had a green thumb for gardening that was is thing and he did it well.
Our relationship was so much more, and we had a lot of fun just being friends! The things we loved, Jazz music, running, tennis, golf (I am not there yet) the kids and your wonderful wife Carol! That is what I will always remember and our friendship!
I am not sure how I can say goodbye to my best friend? I will just say, thanks for all the great memories Joe, you will always be with me. Rest in peace now my friend and I will see you again someday.
We have come a long way from where we began and It has been a long day without you, my friend.
Love you Joe,
Billy Nowell and Kelli Koga

Billy Nowell
April 30, 2021
Everyone loved Joe with his ready smile, warm heart, good humor, and good soul. We are glad we had so many years to build the great memories that fill our hearts until we meet again. Love to Carol and his family in this time of sorrow. May you all have happy memories to bring smiles to replace your tears.

Love, Judy and Ed Dabrowski
Judy and Ed
April 30, 2021
Everyone loved Joe with ready smile, warm heart, laughter, good soul. We are so happy we could share so many years and memories to hold in our hearts til we meet again. Love to Carol and the families in your sorrow.

Judy and Ed
Judy & Ed Dabrowski
April 30, 2021
My brother Joe, “Josa” to his siblings, was a real leader, being kind, generous and usually taking the initiative. He would walk me and my sister, Jane to the bus stop where we’d catch the bus to church. I remember him offering us a small allowance if we could keep our hair and nails presentable. That was a tall request but we each accepted the half dollar Josa earned working at Paul’s Supermarket. He knew how to spend/invest his money even then. Joe and Carol married as soon as her mother would permit, and years later they offered their Montclair home for the wedding photo you see here and they made it possible for James and I to have a week vacation for our honeymoon in San Juan Puerto Rico. As Joe worked hard and became a rich man in our eyes he never forgot his four siblings, although he couldn’t remain home to be “assistant dad,” to our father. Joe married Carol and became the man you all know. Never Joe without Carol. Our brother Joe was a fine man, my big brother. Rest in Peace!
Louise Leslie
April 29, 2021
A smile that lit the room and those around him.
Nancy Goodman
April 29, 2021
Joe was a fabulous neighbor. We met him eleven years ago. He is the same age as Bill. We always had fun socializing. He was interesting, impeccable, physically active, and had a great wit. He and Carol were special together. He loved snd admired her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carol and the entire family.
Bill and Dianne Kinzig
April 29, 2021
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