John E. Canfield, 75

DEC. 29, 1935-OCT. 7, 2011

October 08, 2011
  • Canfield

John E. Canfield, 75, of Hagerstown, Md., died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at his home surrounded by family and friends.

Born Dec. 29, 1935, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Henry Harrison and Viola Brandt Canfield.

He served in Korea with the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.

John was a self-employed masonry contractor since 1964. Before that, he was employed by Leroy Myers.

He was a member of SAL Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, BPO Elks Lodge 378, Hagerstown Friendship Lodge No. 84 AF&AM; Thrice Illustrious Master of Palestine Council No. 16 R&SM, past High Priest of Ithiel Chapter No. 27 R&AM, a member of Ali Ghan Shrine Temple in Cumberland, Md., Scottish Rite of Free Masonry in Cumberland, The Hagerstown Shrine Club and the Sayara Unit of Ali Ghan, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest No. 95 of Hagerstown, Kentucky Colonels of Western Maryland and The Royal Order of Jesters Cumberland Court 117.

He is survived by his wife of 56 1/2 years, Hilda Clark Canfield; two daughters, Tammy Bryan and Kendra Reese, both of Clear Spring, Md.; two sons, John E. "Eddie" Canfield Jr. of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Scott D. Canfield of Clear Spring; one sister, Lucy Isabelle Turner of Maugansville, Md.; one half sister, Miriam Wedger of North Carolina; two half brothers, Henry Harrison Canfield Jr. of Florida and Thomas Canfield of Hagerstown; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Moon and Benita Canfield; and five brothers, Robert Canfield, Hebb Canfield, Buzzy Canfield, Gay Canfield and Franklin Canfield.

Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. John's nephew, Major Daniel Turner of The Salvation Army, and the Rev. Alan Reed will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. A Masonic graveside service will be conducted by Friendship Lodge 84 AF&AM.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Ali Ghan Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 1416, Cumberland, MD 21501; Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742; or The Salvation Army, Building Fund, 534 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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