Wendell R. Canada

June 20, 2006

Wendell R. Canada
U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

WENDELL R. CANADA – in Woburn, Tuesday, June 20th, beloved husband of Nancy (Greenleaf) Canada and former husband of Marguerite (Jackson) Canada, the beloved mother of his children. Devoted father of Wendy R. Canada-Dixon of Woburn, Kevin L. Canada of CA, Mary A. Canada of Lawrence, Keith L. Canada, Kim L.Canada-Berg of Woburn, Paul R. Greenleaf of VA, Dondi Canada of TN, and Kerry M. Canada of CA. Loving brother of Thomas E., James L., Daniel L., Gerald M. and Kenneth L. Canada, Shirley M. Canada, Cynthia A. Fitchett, Nancy J. Canada, Janet Canada and the late William A. and Richard A. Canada. Cherished grandfather of nineteen grandchildren and twenty- seven great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday,June 26th, at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Canada’s memory to the Winchester Hospital Oncology Dept., 7 Alfred Street, Suite 2, Woburn, MA 01801, or to Hospice Care Inc., 41 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham, MA 02180.

OBITUARY:

Wendell R. Canada, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away quietly at home on Tuesday, June 20th, with his family at his side.

Born in Woburn, Wendell was the son of the late Reginald and Mary (Finley) Canada. Educated in the Woburn Public Schools, he entered the United States Army following his graduation from Woburn High School. Wendell served in the European Theatre during World War II, where he was assigned to the prisoner of war camps.

Upon completion of his military duties, he returned to Woburn and was employed at the Watertown Arsenal as a draftsman and engineer. He remained at the Arsenal, which later became AMMRC, for thirty-five years. During that time, he also attended MIT where he earned a certificate in mechanical engineering.

After leaving AMMRC in 1982, Wendell moved to the private sector, where he worked for the next ten years as an environmental engineer.

Wendell, affectionately named “Dad??? by all those who knew him, was the proud father of eight children, nineteen grandchildren and twenty-seven great-grandchildren. He was a quiet and humble gentleman who so loved being in the company of his family. Cookouts were always special occasions in the Canada family and Wendell was referred to as the “host with the most???. He thoroughly enjoyed state fairs and traveled throughout the country to attend them. A man of many faces, Wendell was very well known within the Black Repertory Theatre where he enjoyed the wonderful experience of functioning as their stage manager.

Wendell was also a longtime member of the VFW, Post 1012 in Medford and the City Club of Woburn.

Wendell was predeceased by his brothers, William A. and Richard A. Canada.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Nancy (Greenleaf) Canada, his former wife and mother of his children, Marguerite (Jackson) Canada, his children, Wendy R. Canada -Dixon of Woburn, Kevin L. Canada of CA, Mary A. Canada of Lawrence, Keith L. Canada, Kim L. Canada-Berg of Woburn, Paul R. Greenleaf of VA, Dondi Canada of TN, Kerry M. Canada of CA, his siblings, Thomas E., James L., Daniel L., Gerald M. and Kenneth L. Canada, Shirley M. Canada, Cynthia A. Fitchett, Nancy J. Canada, Janet Canada, his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Memorial Service at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, June 26th, at 11 a.m. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Canada’s memory to the Winchester Oncology Dept., 7 Alfred Street, Baldwin Park Suite 2, Woburn,MA 01801 ot to Hospice Care Inc., 41 Montvale Ave., Stoneham, 02180.

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  1. We will miss seeing Wendell at Fryeburg Fair. We always referred to he and Tommy as our Fryeburg Fair friends. He was a wonderful caring man.

    Ken & Pat Johnson (Parkman, Me) Paul & Louise Vanio (Blanchard, Me)

  2. Kathy Cremone:
    Sadly we loose a great man, and a great friend to me. His smiling face and comforting hugs. They always came at the right time.And he as well as Nanc were a large factor in my children’s lives,Rick and Tara.Thank you Weny . I will miss our N.H. meetings at the trailer with my Brett who loved him so, and loved to listen to your stories. When we would arrive at the trailer Brett would always ask if Wendell was going to come visit.My love to the family,and sympathy on your great loss,and to you Nanc my special love.I will be here for anything I can do for you.Your a special lady and you were very special to Wendell.
    Till we meet again Wendell in that special place ,be at peace,without discomfort,and keep that wonderful smile waiting for us.(I’ll bring the Grand Marnier !!)

    Always and Forever with great love,your friend…..Kathy

  3. Nancy and Family,
    You all play a special part in my childhood and helped me become who I am today. I always have and will cherish the days spent with all of you, especially Wendell. My heartfelt sympathy is with all of you.
    Love, Tara (Cremone) Nunan

  4. Lorna,

    I offer my condolences on the
    loss of your brother to the
    Canada Family..He is at peace
    now..

    Lorna

  5. Bryan,Colleen,Tara anne,and Traci anne Canada

    The fondest memories I have of Uncle Wendell is when He and my Father Tommy right after retirement took off to see the country. Them two nuts had no idea where they was going but they was going. After about a month they finally made it to our house in Georgia and the both of them had the biggest smile on their face. They was tired but they couldn’t have been happier. Which I guess started them on their fondness for the fair circuit they go on each summer and fall. Uncle Wendell you will be missed but not forgotten, Even though we won’t get to see your infectious smile any more it is and always will be in our memories. We love you and god bless

  6. Hi and condolences to the family
    Wendell was one of the icons of my youth & it was always a joy to see him on his visits here.
    Even though God blessed Wendell by taking him home to rest and be at peace; it is difficult for the family to bear up under his loss to those who love him so deeply, yes? Previously, you all asked God to give Wendell strength–now it is time for you all to pray that God will give strength to each one in facing this day of loss.
    I will never forget his smile and many kindnesses he gave to me—God Bless
    Joan Perkins(Fields)

  7. To the family ; I am so sorry to hear of your lost. Stay PRAYED UP and GOD will see you though. Billy Emmons

  8. Dr. Patricia Pelletier, SFO

    Wendell was a good man, husband, and father to all. I am sure our heavenly Father has received him with great joy. My prayers and thoughts are with Nancy and all the family as Wendell begins his new journey of continuous love in the kingdom of God.

  9. Uncle Wendell you will truly be missed. I will always appreciate the love you showed me through out the years and I will never forgot your smile

  10. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I know Wendell was a very strong link in the family. May all of you be strengthend with the knowledge that Wendell is at home now free of all pain and heartache. May God bless you and be with you at this time of sorrow.

    Sincerly,
    Roberta

  11. jerry canada my big brother second father and truly best friend will truely miss you and your friendly smile also all your advice which help me get through all my tough times you are now with dad mom brother bill and richie your nephew shawn who you where also a father figure to i hope everybody appreciated you as much as i did as a brother father grandfather great grandfather uncle husband and friend as you where truely all of these and more you will be missed by all but you are at peace and deserve it loved you while you where here with me and until and always when i meet back up with you your greatful brother forever

  12. Steve Felton
    Wendell….what can i say what a great man…I met Wendell
    thru his brother Tom…and so glad i did…a great guy
    My prayers to the family..
    He will be missed so very much
    he touched so many people…..

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