JAMES L. CANADA

March 7, 2024

JAMES L. CANADA

JAMES L. CANADA – of Woburn, died peacefully, March 7th at the age of ninety. Loving father of Kwami Doh-Canada and his wife Virginie of Medford. Adored grandfather of Eli Doh-Canada of Medford. Dear brother of Kenneth of CA, Thomas of GA, Janet of Reading, Nancy, of Woburn and the late Wendell, Daniel, Richard, William, Cynthia, Shirley and Gerald Canada. James is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, March 19th at 10:30 a.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to pay their respects PRIOR to the service from 9:00-10:30 a.m., in the Funeral Home.

James “Jim” Canada’s passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of March 7, 2024.  He lived a life defined by devoted and unconditional love and care for others, especially the youth in his community.  He was a beloved father, brother, uncle, and friend, but mostly a steward and teacher to the many people he encountered during his 91 years on earth. 

 

Jim was born on June 24, 1933 to Reginald (Captain) and Mary Canada.  As one of twelve children, he and his family were well known in the town of Woburn Massachusetts.  Jim attended Woburn High School and shortly after enlisted in the United States military.  Later, his life journey took him to San Francisco, CA where he worked for the Department of Education.  In 1972, after serving as a volunteer for the anti-poverty program VISTA, Jim developed a passion for writing and in 1973, wrote and published his first book of poetry.  Jim then decided to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Sociology and shortly thereafter, joined the Peace Corp as a volunteer, traveling to Togo in Africa to work with the Agricultural Education Program helping with impoverished communities.  This is where he met a young teenager, Kwami Doh, whom he would later sponsor to live in the United States and eventually adopt as his son.  Upon returning to the US, Jim moved back to Massachusetts and continued his mission of helping others through education and mentorship.  He earned a Master of Education Degree and began teaching in urban schools for the City of Boston, including the English as a Second Language (ESL) program for French speaking students.  He directed and ran youth summer programs for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  In his later years, he worked tirelessly for the West Medford Community Center, helping both youth and adults, was an active member of the Shiloh Baptist church, and continued his pursuit to become an accomplished writer, publishing several more books and poetry.  In addition to his community outreach, he found great joy and happiness spending time with his family and friends, especially taking day trips or talking about life during the famous Canada family cook-outs.

 

Jim was loved dearly by his family.  He was pre-deceased by Wendall Canada, William Canada, Shirly Canada, Cynthia Fitchett, Richard Canada and Gerald Canada (each of Woburn MA) and Daniel Canada (of Tewksbury MA).  He is survived by Thomas Canada (Lithonia GA), Nancy Canada (Woburn MA), Janet Canada (Reading MA), and Kenneth Canada (San Francisco CA).  He was also the loving father of Kwami Doh-Canada and his wife Virginie and adoring grandfather to Eli Doh-Canada (each of Medford MA).  In addition, he is survived by many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visiting hours will begin at 9am at Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn MA on March 19, followed by a memorial service at 10.30am for those who wish to offer prayer and respects.  The family would like to share stories during the service.  If you would like to share an important experience you had with Jim, but are reluctant to speak, please send an email to dcanada1971@gmail.com with “Stories about Jim Canada” in the title line.

A Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, March 19th at 10:30 a.m. in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.  Interment to follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to pay their respects PRIOR to the service from 9:00-10:30 a.m., in the Funeral Home.

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  1. Cathy and Gene

    Kwami and family, we are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I know how much he played such a pivotal part of your life. May he rest in peace.

  2. Sweet man of God, may you be with Jesus enjoying your rewards. Je t’aime beacoup, mon Ami! Magda

  3. I worked at the McCormack School with Jim and remember his kindness, sense of humor and upbeat personality. He was a wonderful teacher and beloved by students and staff.

  4. Paula Beisheim

    My convalescence’s to your whole family. As a fellow educator, thank you for supporting our kids; improving life for everyone. My hope is that I have the same impact on others that you have had over your life time. Thank you!
    Paula Beisheim
    Norton High School.

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