NEGLEY — Michael Anderson Canaday, 56, met his maker all of a sudden, Thursday, April 30, 2020. He suffered a coronary heart assault whereas enjoyable contentedly at dwelling after work along with his Melody and his pet, Willow.
Mike, a dynamic character, lived life to the hilt, pedal to the steel. Numerous buddies inform tales of his significant impression on their lives: he talked them via their anguish, visited them within the hospital, rushed to the scene of the crashes, took the rap, paid forward for his or her quick meals order within the drive-thru line; and naturally, strove for everybody to have a very good time.
Mike admired Jesus and needed to stroll with him.
Michael is survived by his greatest pal, Melody Gustafson; brother, David H. Canaday, M.D. (Kathryn) and nephews, Jack Canaday and Will Canaday; Aunt Cookie Anderson, cousin James Rex Anderson (Chastidy), and their youngsters — who lovingly referred to as him Uncle Michael — Jessica Anderson-Kimberlin (James) and Jedidiah Rees Anderson, and Jessica’s son, Brantley Kimberlin; cousin, Jeannie Brown (John Gentry) and Jeannie’s daughter, Gretchen Horner; ex-wife, Lynn Canaday, in-laws, Joe and Joann Santha, ex-brother-in-law, Joey Santha and nephew Cade; girlfriend’s dad and mom, Rob and Gloria Gustafson; Aunt Jenny Kenetz and her daughter, Felicity Gustafson, who was shut with Mike; Aunt Melissa and Uncle Terry Ricciardi; girlfriend’s sister, Amanda Smith (Jaime), and their youngsters, Kaitlyn, Beau, Allison, and Ty Smith; cousins Jeffy Flint, Andy Flint (Shannon) and son, William; Ben Flint (Alyssa) and household; pet, Willow; and extra buddies than can probably be talked about right here.
Some family members preceded him in loss of life: his father, Dr. Jean Hinman Canaday and mom, Ann Anderson Canaday; Uncle Mike Anderson; Grandpa Rex Anderson and Grammy Mabel Louise Anderson; Grandma Aimee Hinman Canaday; canine, Zoe; and lots of buddies.
Mike graduated from Boardman Excessive Faculty in 1983, the place he performed trumpet in marching band and accomplished some school at Kent State College’s Bodily Therapist Assistant Program.
Mike boasted a flexible work life. He labored seven years as consumption inspector at R & M Fluid Energy, Inc., Youngstown, a hydraulic cylinder machine store. He assisted Dr. O in Lasik eye surgical procedures and exams for 9 years. Earlier than that, he assisted his father, pathologist Dr. Jean Canaday, performing autopsies and making ready slides at Cafaro Hospital. He additionally cared for his mom throughout her ultimate sickness.
He additionally had a scholarly curiosity in ecclesiastical historical past and spent hours studying the prophecies of Josephus, Useless Sea Scrolls, the Bible, and the scholarship of Robert Eisenman. Every time he took an curiosity, he researched it extensively, such because the Samurai and Shogun. He admired bladesmithing, World Conflict II weaponry and American work. He collected and traded Japanese swords, knives, fossils, meteorites and artwork. Particularly, he sought Wyeth and Burchfield work.
He beloved to journey, eat out and have fun. He confirmed Melody locations she had by no means seen — Siesta Key, Washington, D.C., Smokey Mountains — and bought her via the worry of flying. He stored shedding his prescription sun shades by working into the ocean, forgetting to take them off. He favored soccer: Mike rooted for the Miami Dolphins and the Cleveland Browns and prior to now, he and Lynn threw Tremendous Bowl events yearly.
He collaborated with others on “Jammin’ for Joel,” a charity live performance competition to profit a longtime pal who was dying of leukemia. The proceeds helped Joel’s widow and youngsters within the wake of his passing.
Mike beloved tattoos and had a expertise for driving bikes, however claimed he noticed a imaginative and prescient of Jesus whereas going ungodly quick at some point. He parked that Kawasaki and by no means rode once more.
Due to the COVID-19 disaster, we can not maintain a conventional service for Michael; nevertheless, he will likely be buried subsequent to his dad and mom in Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown, Ohio.
In respect to his reminiscence, settle down, take it simple, and do good to at least one one other. Honor him via donation in his identify to the American Lung Affiliation, https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/lung-cancer/learn-about-lung-cancer/ lung-cancer-research, Nationwide Pancreatic Most cancers Basis (NPCF), P.O. Field 1848, Longmont, CO 80502 or American Most cancers Society, most cancers.org.
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