Joe Canino, Jr. was born to Joe Canino and Christine Helena Carfello on December 25, 1922 in Houston, TX on Canino Rd. He passed peacefully at his home in Katy, TX on November 27, 2012, at the age of 89. He enlisted in the United States Army in October 1942 serving in the Asiatic-Pacific during WWII as a Military Police officer. He was honorably discharged in December 1945 at the rank of Sergeant with an American Theatre Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and a Phillippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star. After working at Reed Roll-a-Bit and Epps Food Market, he co-founded Canino Produce Company in 1958 on Airline Drive in Houston, TX where the family-owned business continues today. He worked at "The Market" nearly every day for over 50 years and was well respected in the Heights Community. He loved working in his yard winning numerous awards and accolades. He was always planting flowers, mowing the grass, watering his plants, and caring for his fish pond, where we can all imagine him at peace today. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Society;and since 1972, a member of St. Bartholomew Parish in Katy, TX. He was a devoted family-man and will be remembered by many as the hardest working man they'll ever know. He was preceded in death by parents Joe and Christine Canino and son Baby Canino; siblings, John Canino, Petrina Cuccerre, Vita Monakino, Ginetta Klieman, and Nancy Klieman; and great-grandson Evan McCauley. He is survived by his adoring wife Maria Rosario Canino; children, William Canino and wife, Cynthia; Kristine and husband, Lawrence Pilkinton; Michael Canino; Carlos Mendez; Mary Canino; and Joe Paul Canino and wife, Meagan; grandchildren, Kimberly and Marvin Atkins, Lyndsay and Larry Pilkinton, Danielle and Kevin Pilkinton, Kristie Pilkinton, Natalie and Kris McCauley, Billy Canino, Nadia and Brett Canino, Chase and Caleb Canino, and Ashley and Alexis Mendez. He is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers: Joe Paul Canino, Carlos Mendez, Larry Pilkinton, Kevin Pilkinton, Billy Canino, and Tom Krolczyk. Honorary Pallbearers: Alfred Froberg, Mike Atkinson, Mark Scamardo, Jesus Perez, Brett Canino and Edison Dewar. Visitation will be Sunday December 2nd from 5-8 PM with Rosary to be recited at 7 PM in the Chapel at Earthman Resthaven. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 AM on Monday December 3rd at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Chutch, 5356 Eleventh Street, Katy, TX, 77493. Rite of Committal will follow at Earthman Resthaven Cemetery.
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Published by Houston Chronicle on Dec. 2, 2012.