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Robert C. Canapary

December 8, 1926 July 14, 2017
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Robert Carton Canapary, age 90, longtime resident of Oak Park - River Forest. Passed away, July 14, 2017. He lived with Alzheimer’s for several years, but maintained his sense of humor and positive outlook on life.

Bob was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926. He was married to his loving wife, Anne, for 65 years. Bob attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, currently known as New York University Tandon School of Engineering, where he received his PhD in Chemical Engineering. In 1955, he started his career with Nalco Chemical Company which brought him to the Chicago area. After many years with Nalco, he followed his passion and started working in the financial industry where he received many awards for accomplishments and service to his clients.

Together with friends, Bob was a founding member of the Alcuin Montessori School in Oak Park. He became the first president of the Illinois Montessori Society. He was also a member of the Optimist Club of Oak Park.

He remained a competitive bridge player, an avid Scrabble fan, and successful crossword puzzle solver throughout his illness.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Anne, and his five children; Rich (Sandee) Canapary, Mary Anne Manley, Sue (Michael) Flanagan, Jim (Linda) Canapary, Joanne (Greg) Stopka; cherished grandfather of Brock (Kara), Heather (Catherine), Jenny, Jackie, Bob, Karen and Sean (Katie) and the late Lucas. Brother of Jane Ellen (the late Al) McNerney, and the late Bill Canapary; fond uncle of many.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 South Marion Street, Oak Park, Illinois. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church, 7600 Lake Street, River Forest, Illinois. Private interment.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter, 430 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, Illinois 60631 (act.alz.org) 847-933-2413.

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Visitation

Friday

21

Jul

3:00 PM 7/21/2017 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/21/2017 8:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Memorial Mass

Saturday

22

Jul

9:30 AM 7/22/2017 9:30:00 AM
St. Luke Church

7600 Lake St.
River Forest, IL 60305

St. Luke Church
7600 Lake St. River Forest 60305 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association

Greater Illinois Chapter
225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17
Chicago, IL 60601
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