Donald G. Canaday, Sr.


Donald Gelette Canaday, Sr. passed away Saturday, September 20, 2003 at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He served as Chief of the Kennedy Society for 14 years, retiring from that position in July 2003. The Kennedy Society misses him sorely, and he will always be remembered.

Don was born January 2, 1926 in Henry County, Indiana, the fourth of five sons. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Italy during World War II and as a Second Lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Hagerstown, Indiana High School in 1943. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1951 and did graduate work at Ohio University in Zanesville. He served on the Cambridge (Ohio) City Council for two terms (1974–1978) and as Hazmat Officer for the City of Cambridge EPA (1989–1993). Donald was retired from W.R. Grace Agricultural Marketing and Consulting Firm in 1988 after 35 years of service and then became a consultant with International Executive Service Corp., serving in Egypt and Romania.

Don was Founding Commandant of the Legion of Fusilliers at the University of Nebraska. He also co-founded, with John Mark Nicholson, The Celtic Society of Southeastern Ohio, and served as Commissioner. He was a Boy Scout volunteer for 35 years. He was a past President of the Eastern Ohio Forage Institute and the Gunernsy County Historical Society. He was a past Master of Masonic Lodge #632 F & AM of Cambridge and served as Lodge Educational Officer for several years. He also served as High Priest of Chapter #53, Illustriouss Master of Council #74, and Commander of Commandry #47. As a member of Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge, he worked in the Robe Room at the Scottish Rite Reunions. Don also was Kentucky Colonel, Cambridge Chapter of Lions International; a past Commodore, Land O Lakes Yacht Club; and on the Executive Committee of Clan MacMillan. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Ohio.

Don is survived by his wife (and longtime Kennedy Society secretary), M. Bernice (Ripley) Canaday; daughter Mrs. William (Laura) Perkinson of Newport News, Virginia; son and daughter-in-law Donald, Jr. and Monika Canaday of Nierstein, Germany; son and daughter-in-law John L. and Denise Canaday of Georgetown, Indiana; five grandchildren — Stefanie, Terence, Andrew, James, and Amy; and two brothers, an aunt and uncle, and numerous cousins.

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