Feb. 11, 1929 — May 15, 2013
Robert Louis Canary passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 2013, at age 84 of acute myocardial infarction.
Robert was born Feb. 11, 1929, with his twin sister Betty (Elizabeth) to Edward and Elizabeth Canary in Johnstown, Pa. In July 1969, Robert retired honorably from the U.S. Air Force after almost 22 years as a senior master sergeant. He also graduated from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, with a bachelor’s degree in general education during his military service.
After his military retirement, he began his second career as principal budget analyst at UC Davis. In 1992, in recognition of his loyal and devoted service to UC Davis, he retired with a certificate of appreciation for his 21 years in the Budget Office.
Robert, with his droll sense of humor always intact, cheerfully assisted with his wife Jean’s nanny service for Drs. Paul and Sandra Johnson and their three children for more than 20 years. His family and friends will miss his spirited political discussions.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Donald, David, Edward and Phillip; sister Perpetua “Pet”; half-sisters, Geraldine Sisk and Kathleen Pristas; and half-brother Daniel. He is survived by wife, the former Jean Putnam; ex-wife Ann Dimond; daughter Rebecca “Becky”; son James “Jim” Canary; stepson John Pankratz; adopted grandchildren Daniel “Dano” Johnson, Sean Johnson and Kaisha Johnson; twin sister Elizabeth Sheehan of Washington, Pa.; brothers James Canary, of Tannery, Pa., and Dennis Canary of Pittsburgh; and many nieces and nephews. Death breaks a marriage union of 38 years. He also leaves his dogs Mike and Jake, and granddaughter’s dog Scruffy, who greatly misses his daily treats.
Robert’s ashes will be scattered at sea in Bodega Bay on July 22. He requested no memorial service. Anyone wishing to send a memorial in Robert’s name, can send it to the Yolo County Animal Shelter former home of both Mike and Jake. The shelter is competing in the ASPCA Rachel Ray Challenge this summer. For more information on the challenge, or how to assist them financially, call the shelter at 530-668-5287.