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CANNADY, Rex Willis

April 17, 1928 – August 11, 2011

Rex Cannady beloved husband of Betty Cannady of Calgary, passed away at the Foothills Hospital after a short illness on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at the age of 83 years.

Rex was born on April 17, 1928 to Edwin and Dorris (Kendall) Cannady. Rex spent his childhood at Barnwell, Alberta, moving to a family farm at Picture Butte, Alberta at the age of fourteen. Rex spent forty-two years in the construction industry, a career that he loved, first working for Oland Construction of Lethbridge, then Poole and PCL Construction of Calgary. Rex retired in 1990, since then he has built many pieces of furniture for his children. He loved birds and for many years he raised canaries, this past few years he enjoyed the squirrels that visited our yard. Whenever he could and however he could, Rex would help almost anyone, he was a very kind an loving man, who enjoyed life to the fullest.

Besides his devoted wife of sixty-two years, Betty (nee Russell), also mourning his loss are his six children, Verna (Reg Masuda), Douglas (Elena), Doris Mclaren, Joanne (Robert Casavant), Timothy and Robert; six grandchildren, Kevin, Levi and Dillon Mclaren, Stephanie Cannaday, Crystal and Bradley Saundry; three great-grandchildren, Kieran and Finn Sullivan and Mila Martinovic; as well as by two sisters Lila (David Taylor) and Alene (Fred Hoffarth). Rex was predeceased by his father in 1974; mother in 1933; step-mother in 1998; sister Vaneta; three brothers, Clare, Myron and Lynn; three half sisters, Marjorie, Jeanette and Marcia; and two half brothers Keith and Vaughan.

At Rex’s request there will be no service held. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Rex Cannady, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Doug……Sorry about the passing of your father!
    Best Regards……. Lee Ellison

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  2. Brian & Vickie Silk :

    Both Vickie and I are so saddened to hear that Rex has passed away, we lived behind Rex and Betty in Douglas Dale for several years.
    We always found Rex to be such an easy person to talk with , he had a gentle smile and a kindly word to say that we were always at ease while in his company.
    Brian And Vickie

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  3. Kathy & Myron Cannady :

    Dear Aunt Betty & Family:

    We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Rex. He was my (Myron’s) last Uncle.

    Our sincere condolences!

    Kathy & Myron

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  4. Gino and Gail Crimi :

    Dear Betty,
    We are sorry to hear of the loss of Rex. Seeing him every morning out front of the house, always doing something was inspiring. A little wave and big smile from him was always a nice start to the day.
    We as neighbors will miss that smile.
    Gino and Gail Crimi

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  5. Don & B J Briggs :

    Don and I are very sorry for your loss.

    I worked with Rex in the Calgary office of PCL in 1977-1979. He was a very pleasant person to work with.

    Don is a retired V.P. with PCL and knew Rex as well.

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