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Donald M. CanedyAugust 27, 2017
Donald M. Canedy
On August 27, 2017, Donald Canedy, 73, passed away in Shelburne after a lengthy struggle with a rare form of Alzheimer's.
Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, the son of Merrill and Marion Canedy, Don was 5 years old when he and his family moved to Burlington where his father managed the UVM farm. So he actually grew up in the best of both worlds (he grew up on a farm in the city!). After graduating from UVM with a Masters of Arts in Teaching in 1966, he and his beloved wife, Gail, (whom he met in 1st grade) spent 2 years in Brattleboro before returning to the Burlington area for good. They bought a 2-room summer camp on 8.8 acres in Underhill and spent the next 48 years turning it into a 9-room house, a 3-bay garage and shop plus a barn (for Gail's horse, of course). No matter where he was in space or time, his heart was always in Pleasant Valley.
At the Essex Technical Center, Don spent 32 years developing a Natural Resources Program, which garnered numerous local, state, and national awards. Initially, several teachers contributed to the program, but it was not until Hugh Gibson arrived that the real bond was formed. Don and Hugh spent every school day side by side for 25 years. The two of them made an unbeatable team. The most important individual award in Don's opinion was the respect of his peers as he was twice recognized as the youngest state president of the Agricultural Teachers Association in the nation.
In 1975, Don took on a new role - that of fatherhood, when he and Gail brought home their 7-week old adopted baby boy. Travis was to become a source of love, pride, joy, challenge, energy, and amazing ability to reach out and help anyone with whom he came in contact. As would be expected, Donald was an amazing dad and was able to turn some of his own grief and devastation into a teaching instrument when Travis died at age 18.
In 1985, the whole family was bitten by the golf bug and though Travis soon switched his allegiance to tennis, Don and Gail became immersed in golf for the next 30 years. Donald loved wood-working but by the time his shop became fully furnished, Alzheimer's had taken its toll and he was not able to use his shop, nor his beautiful little red truck nor his orange Kubota tractor.
During the last 2 years of his life, Don was able to be a resident at the Arbors, a Benchmark Community of Senior Living - specializing in memory loss. In our opinion, there could not have been a more perfect environment for him. The staff are there because they want to be - it is not just a job. Their caring attitude is genuine and our thanks go out to them.
Don leaves his wife, Gail, his sister, Rebecca, and brother, Gary. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Sherry and her husband Joe Ceresa, plus his "surrogate" daughter Julie Prior. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his son, Travis.
The visiting hours will be held at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 4 pm - 7 pm. The funeral will be held 11am Friday, September 8, 2017 at the United Church of Underhill in Underhill Flats, followed by interment in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery on Deane Road off Pleasant Valley Road in Underhill. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the United Church of Underhill, 3 Park St., Underhill, VT 05489.