Mary Patricia (Pat) Canning

June 2, 1929 to May 11, 2021


Our mother died as she had lived – very gently and peacefully. Although we are so very saddened by her leaving, we are so blessed in knowing she gently fell asleep and quietly went to be with her Joe.

She is predeceased by her loving husband, Joe, her son Peter, her brother Jack. She will be ever remembered by her children: Martha (Phyll), Caroline (Rob), Joe (Terri), John and Jim (Allison). She loved and will be ever remembered by her grandchildren Will, Tyler, Julia, Christine, Adam, and Billy-Jim and her great grandchildren Grant, Claire, Desmond, and Deidra.

Our mother was a gentle, kind lady who lived her life with great dignity and grace with a welcoming smile for everyone she met. Our dear, sweet mother loved her weekly get togethers with her “girls” club, attending craft fairs, travelling to sunny climates, found great joy in shopping, and was the happiest when taking care of her home and her family. Her husband and her children were the joys of her life. We will miss her beautiful smile and her laughter.

Many thanks to all the staff and Dr. O’Shea at Kenny’s Pond Retirement Home. She was so well loved and cared for especially by the 2nd floor staff. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your caring and devotion to ensure her well being and happiness. She thought the world of you all. We are ever so grateful.

Due to the current COVID situation, a celebration of life will be held at a later date to be determined. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers for the celebration, donations can be made to The Gathering Place or a charity of your choice.

We miss you mom but we are ever comforted in knowing you are with dad. Farewell, God speed on your journey to your new home. We will meet again.


“A breeze passing in a still room stirs my hair now and then in soft affection. I know it is my mother as she touches me in passing.”  Diane Gobaldon



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To Martha and family,
I’m so saddened by your loss. She was such a sweet lady. Truly an angel and and easy to love. My heart goes out to you all and my prayers are with you.

Dear Martha & Family,

So sorry to learn of your sweet Mama’s death. She was such a sweet, warm soul with a most precious giggle. She was truly easy to love…&…the picture you chose is a beautiful reflection of her lovely personality.
There is no good time to lose your Mama. Hold tight to your treasured memories.
May there always be a delightful selection of desserts for her to share with “Joe,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow 🌈…”


ALL My Love.
With Kindness,
Tina RN

Aunt Pat will never be forgotten. I will treasure my memories of her – especially her bright smile and loving hugs – and offer my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Her gentle soul will always be in our hearts. Sending all the love and comfort to my Newfoundland family.

Martha & the Canning family,
Sorry for your loss.
From Shea & Osborne St. days, I fondly remember your Mom as a kind lady..
Cherish your special memories. Take Care

I fondly remember my childhood summer trips to Newfoundland to see my cousins and your parents. Your Mom will be missed by friends and family. You have many warm memories, may they comfort you during this difficult time.

To the Canning family
Sending deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. She and my mother, Nora (Duke) O Brien were first cousins. I met your mother from time to time over the years and she was indeed a gentle lady, very much like my own mother.
I know you will miss her very much

Martha, Caroline, John, Jim, and Joe,
Your mother was a wonderful woman and my best friend for seventy-five years. During that time we never had a cross word and really enjoyed each other’s company. I will never forget the good times we had, especially with the club “girls”. She so enjoyed our Monday nights when we played our game of cards. We would not miss it, rain or shine. Your Grandmother Browne made such delicious cookies for our cup of tea. They were really a treat!

My husband Jim also had good times with your parents. We had lovely parties. In fact, your parents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at our house.

We have much to be grateful for. Life was good. Your mother never had an unkind word to say about anyone, which is rare indeed. The obituary in the Evening Telegram summed up her personality to the letter.

Twelve years ago, when the club was no more, as things were changing, we missed getting together. I often think of our happy 62 years as a club. Your mother had a blessed life and she loved you all very much. Catherine (Kay) Martin

Martha, and the Canning family,
Sending my sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. Cherish your memories

Sending deepest condolences to all the members of the Canning family. I have many fond memories of your mom and all the “club girls” over the years. They were all such good friends to one another and loved each other dearly. I hope the memories you have of your mom help with the sadness during this time. Dad (Robert) sends his love as well.

My sincere condolences to the Canning family on the passing of your Mother. ( My mom, Marjorie Grant ) was one of the Monday night card club ladies.. I have many great memories of all the card club ladies, both funnies and sad ones.
My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

Dear Martha, Christine, Adam and all cherished family members. We know how special this precious lady was to you all. May your wonderful memories and precious time spent with Pat, bring you comfort and guidance in the days to come. Much love, Pamela, David, Malcolm and Heidi Snow

My sincere condolences to the Canning family on the passing of your wonderful Mother. (My mom Marjorie
Grant )was one of her “card club ladies. I have lots of great memories of their Monday night gatherings, and their many excursions . Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

Sending condolences to all the Canning children. We adored Aunt Pat and always enjoyed spending time with her and Uncle Joe. She exuded such joy.

So sorry to hear of Aunt Pat’s passing. It was such a joy when Pat and Joe visited our family. Everyone loved them – they were both so kind, positive and fun.

Sending my condolences to the family. My childhood days growing up on Osbourne Street included running in and out of the Canning home as if it were my own home. Mrs. Canning was always so warm and welcoming to me as a child. I have not see her since those early years but at the same time, I was so sad to read this news in today’s paper.

My sincere condolences to the Canning family on the passing of your wonderful Mom./ Grandmother.
It’s been years and years since growing up In the neighborhood of Downing Street but I fondly remember Mrs Canning as being such a mild, caring mom who always had a beautiful smile. While over the years we have lost touch, when I reminisce, I always think of your family and the great time we had growing up
My love to you all during this sad time and I pray that your memories will bring you comfort.

Martha and family, Jane and I are sending virtual hugs to you and your family abroad. xoxo

Martha, I met your mom several times as you had her out for ice cream which I know she loved. She seemed a gentle soul, there was a sparkle in her eyes and a kindness in her demeanour. I am sad for your loss, it is never easy losing ones mom, the person who has known you the longest in your life. Your memories of who she was and how she cared for and loved you all will sustain you in this time of grief. And those qualities live on in you.
Lots of love, Patricia

We were saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing. We have wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad as neighbours. They were both so sweet. The picture certainly captured your Mom, as did the obituary. Hopefully all the memories you have will help with the big void you must be feeling now. She will forever be in your hearts. Hopefully knowing others are thinking of you will ease the pain. God bless. Bob and Kay Connors, Shea St.

So sorry about the loss of your mom a wonderful lady who was dearly loved.
I have such fond memories of your mom and dad growing up on Shea Street and the Canning’s on Osborne Street. Aggie loved her club ladies and they never missed a Monday night with all of them playing cards.
Mrs Canning was a gentle and beautiful mom who will be dearly missed.
Marcy Greene

My deepest condolences on the passing of you mom. Pat was a very dear friend and our weekly club was always a joy and our trips together were memorable. She was a kind and beautiful person and will be dearly missed.

Martha and Family,
Sending heartfelt condolences on your mom’s passing. My mom (Mary Hodder) was also a member of the card club, and treasured the weekly gatherings, trips taken together, and the many phone chats throughout the years. Your mom always greeted me with a warm hug and a beautiful smile. I know she will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Martha snd family,
So saddened to hear of the loss of your dear mom. She was one of my step mother’s , Mary Hodder’s beloved “ club” ladies.
II haven’t seen your mom in a number of years.,but I will never forget her sweet smile. . She was a truly beautiful woman … a kind and gentle soul.

Deepest condolences Martha and family. I’m so grateful I got to met both of your parents and they will both always hold a special place in my heart. She was truly loved at Kenny’s Pond and will be deeply missed. Thinking of you all.

My Deepest condolences to you Martha and all of the Family,I am Grateful for the opportunity to know such a Beautiful woman,and have supported her through my work at Kenny’s pond, she will Always have a Special place in my Heart..
God Bless
Mary Sutton-housekeeper

Dear John and Family:
It was with great shock that I learned of your Moms
My deepest condolences to You, John, and all the Family.
Your Mom and Dad were very kind people, John.
They were humble and God-fearing souls and they will
never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace.

My sincere condolences on the loss of your mom.
I got to know Patricia Canning during the writing of her report “ Special Mattters”
for the government of the day.. As a parent, I contributed and will never forget her
gentle and caring approach.
May She Rest In Peace!

My deepest condolences to all the family.Your mom was very special to me and your dad when i did housekeeping at Kenny’s Pond .They were so sweet to me and I loved to go see them on my day of work GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND I KNOW YOU ALL HAVE WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF THEM BOTH AS I STILL HAVE OF THEM

I remember your mom so well from growing up on the same street as your family.My mom was in a card club with yours and my mom,Nonie, so enjoyed her company.Mrs Canning was a delight to know. My condolences to all the Canning family. May her gentle,fun loving soul rest in peace.