John Canney

John C. Canney

1927 - 2021

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Obituary of John C. Canney

CANNEY - John Charles DDS

Longtime resident of South Buffalo, Clarence, Wales and West Palm Beach, Fl., and most recently Orchard Park, NY; he was a proud, lifelong Buffalonian. Born February 16, 1927 to Father, John T. and Mother, Rita Mae, he had two sisters, Betty (Dominic) Buccieri and Pat (William) Schwartz, that predeceased him. As a young man, the industrious lad worked as Caddy at Orchard Park Country Club, Usher at Shea’s Buffalo and Memorial Auditorium, timekeeper at Worthington Pump, Letter Carrier for the Buffalo Post Office Laborer and Rodman for Republic Steel; Baggage Department for the NY Central Railroad. Dr. Canney had an active Dental practice on Clinton Street in Buffalo, serving the community for 37 years until his retirement in 1989. He also served on staff of Mercy Hospital for 25 years. Growing up in South Buffalo, he attended St. Martin’s School, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, Pre-Med at Canisius College, and graduated from the School of Dentistry at the University of Buffalo in 1952. He was proud to have been sports editor of the St. Joe’s school paper and on the Yearbook staff while in College at UB. After Graduating Dental School, he enlisted in the Dental Corp. of the Air Force during the Korean War, where he served for two years attaining the rank of Captain. While in the Air Force, Dr. Canney met and married, the late, Barbara T. MacDonald of Melrose, Mass. at Limestone A.F.B. in Maine and happily co-anchored the raising of nine children, his proudest accomplishment. They settled in Clarence, NY, raising: the late Karen (Edward) Bauman of Alden, NY, Stephen of Anderson, SC, Patricia (Thomas) Labert of Amherst, NY, Mary Johanna (the late Dr. Edward) Foster of Elmira, NY, John of Denver, CO, William (Kari Sugar) of Fulshear, TX, Mark (Mary Beth Zivic) of Bethlehem, PA, Robert (Denise Vella) of Doylestown, PA, and Mary Elizabeth (deceased). He has many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren and special friends including Cathy Doeblin (deceased), Susie Mak and Dennis Conrad. Dr. Canney spent much of his life in volunteerism. With the St. Apollonia Dental Guild (Patron Saint of Dentist’s) he performed dental work for low-income persons. He also was a Dental Volunteer to Israel, returning three times and living on a Kibbutz for one month at a time. After retirement he became a Dental Volunteer to Haiti for 10 years and was the first Dentist to serve thousands of patients in the Village of Coq Chante, Haiti. Even after he stopped traveling overseas, Jack spent much time recruiting other Medical and Dental Volunteers as well as fundraising and gathering equipment to enhance the mission in Haiti. His hobbies included Golf, Gardening, Traveling, Car Enthusiast, Automobile Collector and
Restoration. He is well known for his interest and ownership of unique automobiles like the Citroen and Rolls Royce and was the Vice Chairman of the Iroquois Region of the Rolls Royce
Owners Club. Dr. Canney remained very active in a car/boat storage business in Marilla, NY up until his recent death. Jack once said: “I enjoyed life and all the avenues it led to and would do it again - so watch out!” In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations are made in Dr. John C. Canney’s Honor to benefit: Friends of the Children of Haiti at Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Southtowns Chapel), 3060 Abbott Rd. near Lake Ave. on Monday, May 17th, from 4-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, on Tuesday, May 18th at 9:00 o’clock, (please assemble at church). Private interment St. Cecilia Cemetery. PURSUANT TO NYS GUIDELINES, OCCUPANCY LIMITS WILL BE OBSERVED. PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING. Condolences are available for friends and family online at