Virginia A. ‘Toots’ Canney

December 14, 2016

Virginia A. ‘Toots’ Canney

Virginia A. “Toots” Canney of Woburn, December 14th, at ninety eight years of age. Beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Ann (Lawn) Canney. Longtime cherished friend Helen G. “Honey” Banks of Belmont and dear aunt to Dawn (Haley) Duffy of Woburn and the late John Haley of Derry, New Hampshire. Dear sister of the late Joseph, Harold, Edward, Walter, Leo and Parker Canney, Eileen Doherty, Gloria Dow and Helen Haley. Also great aunt to many cherished nieces and nephews. A funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillion Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, December 19th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours from 9:00-10:30 a.m. prior to the Funeral Monday morning. Remembrances may be made in “Toots” memory to the Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, 01801.

OBITUARY:

Life long resident Virginia A. “Toots” Canney passed away at the Lahey Clinic Thursday evening, December 14th at ninety eight years of age. Toots, one of nine children, was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Ann (Lawn) Canney.

Born in Woburn, Toots was raised in the “Button In” of the city (off Salem St, near the old Riley site). Attending the Cedar Street School she continued on To Woburn High School, graduating with the Class of 1936.

Gorin’s in downtown Woburn was where Toots began in the working world. She remained there for several years and then decided to go to the “big city” of Boston, as she had secured a position at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Toots was also pitching in to help her brother Eddie run his dry cleaning business. In the early sixties, Eddie sold his dry cleaning business and they built a shopping plaza in the south end of the city on the corner of Green and Main Streets.

They built a plaza that was very successful and always meticulously maintained. The stores covered everything from a book, card and paper store, convienent store, childrens clothing, dry cleaners and laundry . The stores may have changed, but the plaza remains.

A little over thirty years later in the early nineties, it was decided it was time to start enjoying retirement , and that she did!

Toots remained active all throughout her life. Vacationing in West Palm Beach during the winter months, then returning to Woburn but also enjoying much time at her home in Falmouth, all the while enjoying the company of family. While Toots was in Woburn she was very active having worked at the bakery in Stop and Shop in Winchester and volunteered for many different organizations, spending a huge amount of time at Lahey Clinic, helping with patients, answering phones, giving directions, working in the gift shop and anything else she could do to assist. Toots really loved being around people and this was shown in everything she did throughout her lifetime.

Golfing was an area of expertice for Toots! A life long member of Meadowbrook Country Club she spent a lot of time perfecting her swing, and she did! She oftened played in Woburn with friends and all around New Hampshire and Maine. When spending time with her family and dear friends she enjoyed playing cards, having dinner and keeping track of what everyone was up to, as she was very devoted to her family all throughout her life, partaking in all the festivities right up till just recently.

Toots was a faith filled, great, kind, wonderful, generous woman, who was very loveable and she was very loved by her devoted friends, family, nieces and nephews. No matter where she was or what she was doing over the years, she brought a great deal of joy and love to all.

Sadly Toots was predeceased by her parents and all nine siblings, Joseph, Harold, Edward, Walter, Leo Canney, Eileen Doherty and Gloria Dow.

She is lovingly survived by her long time cherished friend Helen G. “Honey” Banks and her late husband Robert W. Banks of Belmont and dear aunt of Dawn (Haley) Duffy and her husband Arthur of Woburn. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, December 19th at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 11. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours from 9:00-10:30 a.m. prior to the Funeral, Monday morning. Remembrances may be made in “Toots” memory to the Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, 01801

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