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A hero and a gentleman

WILLIAM PATRICK CANAVAN: Sept. 25, 1919 - Jan. 8, 2017

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I met Uncle Bill in the summer of 1962 when I was 3½ years old. My parents, older sister and I had made the trip from Springfield to Uncle Bill and Aunt Nan’s home in Connecticut. When we arrived, they were welcoming and loving. I also met my three cousins that day. It was such a fun visit. Uncle Bill liked to grill out and he wore his big white chef’s hat and apron. Over the years, I visited him many times and he and my aunt were most gracious. They did everything first class.

My Uncle Bill was the oldest in his family of four sons and served in the Navy during WW II. He was instrumental in helping with a war rescue of a British destroyer in December of 1943 and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corp Medal of Honor for his heroism in 1944.

He was a true gentleman, with class and dignity all his life and I am forever grateful for his wisdom and love. William Canavan was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on June 15, 2017, in Washington, D.C. I was honored to attend. He will always be fondly remembered.

–Submitted by Diane Canavan, niece

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