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KANARY, Louis “Lou” Joseph - McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes & Cremation Services | Calgary Alberta
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KANARY, Louis “Lou” Joseph

August 9, 1953– Toronto, ON
May 21, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Louis “Lou” Joseph Kanary beloved husband of Ellie of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the age of 60 years.

Upon graduation from York University in Toronto 1976, Lou began working at General Foods and continued to work with them for thirty-six years including the change into Kraft Canada. Lou worked in various positions across Canada, which allowed him to meet many people and to make great lifelong friends both within the industry and outside. Lou achieved the role as Western Regional Director of Sales. While he initially began in retail sales, the last eight years of his life were spent in food service which allowed him to meet a whole new group of fellow employees and customers. He really enjoyed food service, as well as all the individuals that he had contact with; often commenting on how he worked with a great group of people, in particular, his admin Maggie.

Lou was known for his great sense of humour, his love of storytelling, and his ability to get along with everyone. He was passionate about golf and spent the first two summers of his retirement packing in as many games of golf as time would allow. Upon retirement, he joined the Calgary South Rotary Club where he was involved in several committees, the one dearest to his heart being the “Stay in School” program.
Lou was one of a kind and will be remembered as a wonderful man with a great sense of humour who loved his family and valued all his many friends. He will live on in our hearts forever.

Besides his loving wife Ellie, Lou is survived by his sons, Mark (Heather), Sean (Jenna), and Ryan (Kaleigh); mother Lillian; sister Anna; and brothers, Steve, Dave, and Ashley and their families. He will be greatly missed by his granddaughter Callie. He was predeceased by his father, Alex.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 and Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, donations in Lou’s memory may be made directly to Rotary Club of Calgary South/Stay in School Program, L1036 9705 Horton Road S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 2X5.

In living memory of Lou Kanary, 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. Kevin and Laurel Lake and Family :

    Ellie and Family,

    This is a difficult letter to write. Lou was my friend, my mentor and someone who I quite simply….looked up to. I am so sad that he passed away so soon – he was one of a kind and I feel very blessed to be counted as one of his many friends. He was my friend but also one of the best teachers you could ask for. There is rarely a week that goes by that I don’t think about a lesson in the work-world that Lou taught me. Every single time I reflect on what he taught me, I smile…..as every single one of his lessons were delivered with a sense of humour that was unmatched by anyone I have ever met. He could teach you absolutely anything and make you feel fantastic when the lesson was complete. Like everyone who knew Lou, I have so many stories – that I would need a book a write them all down. In each and every one, I am sure that I ended up laughing until my sides hurt. Lou had that incredible gift – he could make you laugh until you cried – he made the world a better place with that gift.

    Ellie – our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kevin, Laurel, Madeleine, Olivia, Charlotte and Nolan Lake

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  2. Marie (Nolan) Ferko :

    I am one of Lou’s first cousins (my mother Hilda was a sister to Lou’s mother Lillian). My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and children, and to his brothers, and his sister, Anna, and to Aunt Lillian.

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  3. Ed Stemkoski :

    My heartfelt sympathies to the entire Kanary family. Lou was an amazing man with whom I had the pleasure of working for his eight years in Foodservice. I looked forward to his visits to Winnipeg where we should share a great meal, good laughs and create new memories.
    I can only imagine the huge hole that his passing has left in your family. May the many fond memories that you hold in your hearts comfort you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Ed Stemkoski

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  4. Pete Melnyk :

    To the Kanary family,
    My deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Lou was a mentor and good friend of mine at Kraft (Foodservice). Lou’s spirit will live on with all the great stories, memories and special moments that we shared. Lou was one of a kind and is known to me as a successful human being who elevated every moment he shared with us. My thoughts are with you all.
    Pete

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  5. Mark Hemphill :

    I’m so sorry to hear the news of Lou’s passing. I used to take Lou’s retail orders in the 80’s at GF and became reacquainted with him during his time in foodservice. A man of great humour. He was fast-thinking and he attacked problems head on. He had the ability to drag conversation out of the most stoic of people. I can imagine what his family is going through and I wish them all the very best.

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  6. Jeannie Read :

    So, so sorry to hear of Lou’s passing. He was so much fun to be around. Always with a quick wit and a funny response. He will be missed for sure. Our prayers go out to you, Ellie and your wonderful boys. I wish I was there to give you a great big hug! Our thoughts are with you at this time of loss.

    Love Jeannie & Craig

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  7. Lou had an impact on every person he met. Wonderful sense of humour/great storyteller/ terrific leader/ and a very kind individual. He will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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  8. Lori Ayearst :

    Although I was not personally acquainted with Lou, I am a very good friend of Lou’s sister Anna and felt as though I knew Lou and his family through Anna. I would like to send my condolences to all of the family at this very difficult time. Anna, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  9. My heart felt condolences on Lou’s passing. He is well respected by all who know him. His commitment to his career was punctuated by his commitment to those he worked with along the way.
    You could not be in Lou’s presence without his joy of life taking you away from what ever might be troubling you.

    Truly a life well lived

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  10. Terri Fleck :

    To Anna and the Kanary clan…..it saddens me deeply to hear of Lou’s passing, I cannot imagine losing my brother — siblings are your life long friends – forever! And know that Lou will always be there, guiding you in your storytelling and making sense of your humour 🙂 …. My thoughts and continued prayers are with you and your family, and Lou’s friends, in this difficult time, in helping you get past your loss. Even though this shouldn’t have happened to Lou, especially at his young age, try to find comfort in knowing that he is pain free and not struggling to make you smile….he is now smiling down on you all, knowing that you all loved and cared for him deeply. xoxoxoxoxo

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  11. A great man taken from us and his family way too early in his life. Lou was a mentor to me in my career with GF and then Kraft. He will be truly missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

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  12. Sherry Phillips :

    Please accept my sincere sympathies on the passing of Louie. I fondly remember him as the great-looking, and kind older brother of my dear friend Anna when we were grade niners together back in the day.

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  13. Bud Livingstone :

    My deepest condolences to the Kanary family. Lou was a great man and he had a profound impact on me and my career at Kraft. I know he will be dearly missed by all he knew.

    Sincerely,

    Bud

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  14. Stacey Kravitz :

    My sincere condolences to Ellie and family, at this most difficult time. I had the pleasure and privilege of working with Lou in some way or another over the past 17 years at Kraft,visiting Calgary often, sharing war stories, insights and having a laugh or two along the way. I truly looked up to Lou over my years at Kraft, the legacy he leaves is profound to many and he will be greatly missed.

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  15. Kim and Glen Feldman :

    To the Kanary Family,
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Lou. Both Glen and myself first met Lou when we all worked for General Foods. He was a kind and gentle soul always with a smile on his face. Dave, know that you are in our thoughts.

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  16. Mandy Buckner :

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. It’s not easy this I know. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!! Xo

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  17. Stephen Shawcross :

    Larger than life and twice as funny. Alas we’ll never hear that laugh again, but we’ll never forget it, and the joy it engendered. Gone too soon yet in our hearts always. Goodbye Lou, you big, beautiful soul.

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  18. Brian Beshara & Ali MacWhirter :

    We wish we could be there in person to express our sincerest condolences. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Kanary family in this time of grieving.

    Kind regards,

    Brian and Ali

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  19. Susan Andrew :

    Anna & family
    I’m so very sorry for the loss of your brother Lou, my heartfelt thoughts go out to you and all of your family at this sad time.

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  20. Steve Peers :

    Ellie and family,

    My prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to you with the news of Lou’s passing. Lou has been an inspiration to many of us in the grocery industry and he will be remembered as a true “icon” in the West

    Steve Peers

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  21. Susan Jones :

    To Ellie and family, my sincere heartfelt condolences on your loss. I work at Kraft in the Ontario Head Office but had the pleasure of meeting Lou on a few occasions at National meetings. He certainly lived up to the legendary status that was reserved for him. May you take comfort in knowing he was loved by the Foodservice organization and he will always be remembered fondly by us.

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  22. Luke and Kim Kanary :

    Our sympathies to Louis’ family.

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  23. Coralie Alton-Werth :

    To the Kanary Family,
    My deepest sympathy during this difficult time. I had the pleasure of working with Lou at Kraft for over 10 years. Lou will always be a larger than life personality – his humor, professionalism and sincerity was a gift. I don’t know if you will ever know the impact he had on everyone he worked with – Lou was simply the best. It was an absolute pleasure to know and work with him, my heart goes out to all of you – Sincerely, Coralie Alton-Werth.

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  24. Lesley Langfield :

    Dear Anna & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. What a very sad time.
    Lou will be greatly missed.
    Lesley, Nina & Bernard

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  25. Peg and Bruce Hunter :

    Ellie, Mark, Sean and Ryan,

    Peg and I were shocked and saddened by the news first of Lou’s health challenges and finally the news of his passing. We grew up with Lou through our first jobs at General Foods, through the transition to KGF and finally Kraft. Although we haven’t seen Lou for quite a while, the fond memories we have of Lou will remain forever. The smiling, the joking and the kindness he offered to all whose lives he touched is his greatest legacy. The condolences submitted already demonstrate how he was loved and respected by a very wide fraternity. Our thoughts are with you and those who knew him in this most difficult time.

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  26. Ken Acheson :

    Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss. I was fortunate to meet Lou through my late wife Carol Giles and we were able to spend some quality times on the golf course and at Kraft corporate events.
    Lou was a fun loving gentleman and one of Carol’s favourite people at Kraft.

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  27. Garry and Lynne McKenzie :

    We are profoundly saddened by the loss of our good friend Lou. Garry and Lou started their careers in the food industry together at General Foods in 1978 and remained lifelong buddies. Lou was a wonderful, funny man who always had a smile on his face and a good story to tell. He will be deeply missed. To Ellie, Mark, Sean, Ryan and family, our deepest sympathy – you are in our thoughts.

    Garry and Lynne McKenzie

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  28. My deepest sympathies to the Kanary family. I had the pleasure of starting my career with Lou at General Foods in the Dartmouth Sales Office. Being this was my first job out of University, Lou was always available to help and offer guidance to me as I embarked on my new career. Lou had a way of making everyone feel comfortable with his big laugh, big smile and great sense of humour. I always looked forward to meeting up with Lou at National Meetings and hearing a joke or two. He was a very special person!
    Sincerely,
    Paula

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  29. Brian Byrne :

    My deepest sympathies to the family at this time. I had the great pleasure to work with Lou at Kraft around the time of the GF merger and he brought energy, optimism and a terrific sense of humour to the team. We really appreciated his hard work and sense of integrity. He personally helped me learn more about how Sales works in the real world. We will all miss him but Lou leaves us the gift of some really great memories of working with him.

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  30. Sincere sympathy for your loss. I know that my mother, Sally Kanarie, would want me to offer our condolences to your family. She always spoke well of Louis’ father “Alex James”, as she called him. She so enjoyed catching up with her cousins on our summer trips to Cape Breton. I lost Mom in November 2012 after a long journey with dementia. Anna, I remember making us coffee in my grandmother’s kitchen in Capstick when we were teenagers. Wishing you all peace…….Linda Hack

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  31. George Wilson :

    To Ellie and family, I was fortunate to work alongside Lou in his early General Foods career in Moncton, New Brunswick. Along with his known sense of humour and great mentoring abilities, he became a sincere friend of all those he met. His sales achievements were unmatched in the Atlantic Provinces. Lou, we former sales and Atlantic customers have such wonderful memories of one terrific guy. Barb extends her sincere sympathies to you, Ellie and family. George

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  32. Lily, Anna, Steve, Dave & Ashley,

    I was very saddened to hear of Lou’s passing (from Albert Ralph). My memories of growing up with Lou next door on Cordella Avenue bring a quick smile and are of his kindness, frequent jokes, great laugh, sense of humour and of course golf lessons in the backyard (we broke a few windows I recall!). For me it was like having another big brother to look up to and learn from. My sincerest condolences to you all and to Lou’s family.

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  33. Pauline & Albert Zwicker :

    Our deepest sympathies to his wife, sons, brothers and sister Anna.

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  34. Mary MacNeil :

    Deepest sympathy to The family. I last saw Lou when he came to Capstick for his dads funeral along with several of his brother. A lovely man who will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

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  35. My deepest sympathies and condolences to Ellie and the Kanary Family.
    I had the privilege of working with Lou during his eight years with the Foodservice team.
    All of us who worked with Lou, share wonderful memories of him; the common threads that link these memories are of a man who taught a group of people the true meaning of “putting the swagger” back in our step and he did so with a genuine, caring, witty and, gracious style. He truly was a not only a personality who lit up the room with his laughter and stories but was a guiding light to those around him.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Jo Heron
    Vancouver, B.C.

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  36. Chris Patterson :

    I met Lou through my friend Sean.
    Got to play golf with him a few times at Priddis. Was a larger than life character who left a great impression on me. Was a guy who lived life to the fullest.
    Will be missed.

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  37. Roselyn Jack :

    Dear Ellie and Family,

    I was so saddened to hear of your terrible loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. I interviewed Lou for his membership into the Rotary Club of Calgary South and liked him immediately. I knew he would be a great ‘fit’ in our club and a great Rotarian………and of course, he was. He will be missed by every one of us. My heart goes out to you.

    Sincerely,
    Roselyn Jack
    Member…Rotary Club of Calgary South

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  38. Brian Besco :

    I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Ellie and all the Kanary Family. From my elementary school days with Lou in Toronto to our careers with General Foods, I will always remember Lou for his great sense of humour and sharp wit. We shared so many fun times and laughs and more laughs. His positive and cheerful personality was contagious. A special guy!
    Brian Besco
    Vancouver, BC

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  39. Daniela, Jan and Adrianne Sovak :

    To Lou’s Family:
    It is with much sadness to come to realize how much we will miss Lou who was such a beacon of life and joy to have around. You all are in our thoughts at this difficult time!
    Your family has lost a wonderful man – husband, dad, father in law and grandpa. But his legacy will go on in your thoughts, actions and memories. The little ones will hear about Lou from his boys and from the grandma and many years from now will know too what a great man he was!
    Please, accept our deepest condolences.
    Daniela, Jan and Adrianne

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  40. Simon Parry :

    Dear Ellie,
    I was very sorry to read about Lou in the G&M yesterday. You are excused for not remembering me – it was a long time ago that our paths crossed. Lou joined GF a few months before I arrived, fresh off the boat from the UK, in January 1977. I was in product management and as you will recall, Sales and Marketing spent a lot of time together, much it with Sales trying to inject some reality into Marketing’s unrealistic forecasts – for which Sales would then be held responsible.
    Sometime later Lou left Toronto and headed west where I was delighted to meet up with him again for “store checks” in Regina and the three of us had dinner one night, in very loud bar which was really hopping. If my memory serves me well, we all had a very good time. That’s my overriding memory of Lou. I always enjoyed his company. He was the consummate sales guy – pragmatic, professional, dependable and great to be with. People just instinctively liked Lou and trusted him, he was a good man.
    A lot of time has passed since then but my memories of him remain strong and I’m sure many of the GF diaspora will shed a tear at his passing. Too young!

    My sincere condolences Ellie, to you and the rest of your family

    Simon Parry

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  41. Bryan and Joan Walton :

    Ellie – Sincere condolences to you and your family at this very sad time. We will lovingly remember Lou for his mirth and never ending stories. We first got to know Lou through the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors and could always count on him to lend a hand and volunteer on our committees. Our friendship continued through his involvement with the Rotary Club of Calgary South and we will miss him dearly. Kind regards, Bryan and Joan Walton.

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  42. Charles Chittick :

    Ellie and family,
    I would like to express my sincere condolences. Lou was a good friend and mentor. I will remember Lou for his quick wit, his belief in people, and his confidence in himself and others.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers,
    Charles Chittick

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  43. Carrie Ryan :

    I had the privelege of working with Lou in Foodservice at Kraft for the last 8 years of his career. Lou was one of those rare people who could connect with absolutley anyone- nobody ever had a bad word to say about Lou. His “Lou-ism’s” are legendary at Kraft! His sense of humour, his acceptance of others, his warm nature and his big, big heart made him a mentor and a hero to anyone that was lucky enough to work with, for, beside or even just in the vicinity of him.
    Shortly after I met Lou, we attended a hockey game together and had a little bet- the loser was to wear the victor’s team jersey to an upcoming meeting. Well, being that I bet on the Canucks, I lost but had the chance to pull “the old switcharoo” with the courier bag containing the Calgary Flames jersey Lou had flown in for the occasion. Imagine Lou’s surprise when after giving me my well-deserved teasing in front of the team, he opened the sealed Puro-pack to find a Canucks jersey. Well, Lou being Lou, he didn’t fire me or even miss a beat. We both begrudgingly donned our opposing’s team jerseys for the duration of the meeting. That was just Lou.
    My deepest condolences for your loss, and everyone’s loss. Lou is a man who truly made a difference in people’s lives. I will never forget him.

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  44. Maureen Gadon :

    Dear Lilly, Anna, Steve, Dave & Ashley,

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard of Lou’s passing. I will pray for you and the family moving forward, knowing that he will always be with you in memory and great spirit every day. My sincerest sympathy to all the family.
    Take care,
    Maureen Gadon

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  45. Bernard Sabourin :

    My sympathies on your loss.
    Bernard Sabourin

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  46. Dan D'Alessandro :

    I am deeply saddened by Lou’s passing and extend my condolences to his family. I worked with him at GF and then Kraft for 30 years and he taught me much (when he wasn’t picking my pocket) and made me laugh even more. I have great memories of Lou and I will retell his stories. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Dan D’Alessandro

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  47. Ellie and family,

    I had the pleasure of knowing Lou through my years at Kraft. To say he was a legend would certainly be an understatement. Courageous leader, always a laugh to lighten the load, a kind word when you needed it most and a champion for his people. We are so deeply saddened by his passing and extend our sincere condolences.

    Mark and Shirley Ayer

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  48. Jane Carman :

    I met Lou when I first moved to Kraft in 1995. He was a legendary leader and I was given the advice that beneath his larger than life personality, was a warm and caring man. He could recount a story like no other. He was very proud of his many accomplishments and collegial relationships at GF and Kraft. We both left Kraft at the same time two years ago. We had a wonderful phone conversation about our prospects and plans for the future. He was very optimistic with a very positive attitude. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Jane Carman

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  49. Bill Taylor :

    One of the nicest, friendliest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He made the world a better place.
    My condolences to his family and closest friends………what great memories you must have.

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  50. Wayne and Helen Hooper :

    To Ellie and the Kanary family, please accept our deepest sympathies on the passing of one of the most amazing individuals I ever encountered through a 35 year sales career with GF and Kraft!
    I knew Lou when he was in Atlantic Canada with responsibility for NL sales and to say he was a great leader , teacher and most importantly an amazing individual is an understatement!
    For 35 years Lou and I maintained contact and every year we would always connect at Christmas which was always a special time!
    I am so sad for your loss but I am sure you all have precious memories that will last forever !!

    Regards, Wayne and Helen Hooper

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  51. Marilynn Small :

    To the Kanary Family
    My deepest sympathy for your loss. I was another long-term GF then Kraft colleague with 36 years tenure (1970-2006). I worked in Kraft Kitchens and interacted with both retail and FS sales on many projects over the years. To know Lou was to become his friend and to look forward to working with this amazing, joyful and totally genuine man. He was one-of-a-kind and will always be remembered.

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  52. John & Kelley Crandell :

    Hello Ellie,
    Just wanted to send our condolences to you and the family. So very sorry for you, thinking of you often. John and I were both out of town and could not make the service. Whenever you are comfortable, would love to meet for a hike. Take your time and try to look after yourself.
    Love John & Kelley Crandell

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  53. Kristine Powell :

    My deepest condolences to the Kanary family. I never met Louis, but I am 1st cousin on the Kanary side. Alex James was my mother; Julia, brother. Reading all these condolences, they clearly show what a wonderful person Louis was. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers
    Kristine Powell

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  54. Ross & Frances Sythes :

    Dear Ellie and Family:

    Frances and I are deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, an amazing industry icon and an impactful mentor who made our stay in Calgary most enjoyable and full of great memories. We have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work and play with Lou and we are enriched as a result. Our thoughts are with you.

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  55. Brad and Aimee Grant :

    Hi Ellie and family,

    We just heard about Lou’s passing.
    Brad and Lou shared some wonderful memories at York U, and we were happy we were able to stay with you in Halifax when the kids were small.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today.
    Hope to catch up with you Ellie and hear all about your family.

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  56. Tobin and Lisa Doty :

    It is with profound sadness and shock that we heard of Lou’s passing (June 3rd).
    Tobin and I send our sincerest condolences to you, Ellie and your family. Your words as well as many, many others have captured Lou’s character and persona perfectly. He was the friendliest, most gregarious person we have ever meant. He had an amazing way of making a person feel that they were very special and that he was their best friend. This is how he made us feel.
    Even though we have not spent much time with you both, over the last few years, The Kanary family has remained close in mind and heart. Lou will always be remembered.
    We thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  57. Thirty-four years later, the memory of my first meeting with Lou is as clear as if it was yesterday: “Hello, I’m Luke and Harry”. And he was two people in one, the talented sales professional and the genuine, caring family man. Lou always had time for everyone, was always patient and helpful, was always smiling, and always made the discussion enjoyable and productive.

    My sympathies to you, along with the assurance that he’ll be missed and remembered, enough for two people. He made a difference to me, and I am grateful to have known and worked with him.

    Sincerely
    Mark

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  58. Dear Ellie and Family

    I am so very sorry to hear the news of Lou’s passing….We spent some great times together in our days at York Memorial and later at University. He was truly “one of a kind” and will be greatly missed! He started his career at General Foods and I started at Kodak …after we graduated….Spent time at the beginning of our careers…renting my parents home in Weston.
    Our paths would cross periodically with business… but when we got together…it was like being 18 again…but I hadn’t see Lou…since I was transfered to Europe with Kodak….
    I can remember like it was yesterday…we met playing golf at Humber Valley Golf course…we had both skipped school that day…early May and the weather was great …he was with Ralph Markewitz…and I was with Bart Niosi. With many fond memories…I think back and remember… Lou was always a lot of fun….He will be truly missed.

    Passing along my heart felt condolences.

    Hal and Linda Duffin

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