Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


Richard Gordon Canady

July 9, 1949July 21, 2020

Charlotte - Richard (Rick) G. Canady passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at his home in Charlotte, NC of complications from cancer. He was born on July 9, 1949 in Charlotte to Alex G. and Jean Moseley Canady.

Rick graduated from Garinger High School in 1967 and in 1971 he obtained his BA from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He was a proud volunteer with VISTA in the early 1970s and then began a career with the Mecklenburg County Social Services as a social worker. He later switched careers to work with Piedmont Airlines. Rick stayed with the airlines as it changed to U.S. Air and currently as American Airlines, retiring in 2018 after 36 years of loyal service.

Rick's career with the airlines aided his love of travel and he experienced many wonderful adventures around the world. He had a great fondness for Paris, France and visited for the last time in November, 2019.

Rick was a caring and loving son, brother, uncle and friend. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and was a great comfort to his grandmother, Lola Moseley and his mother, who both lived with him until their deaths.

Rick leaves to cherish his memory, Brenda F. Wilburn, his loving partner of many years; his brothers, Alex G. Canady, Jr. (Judy), Gregory L. Canady (Martha); and a sister, Carole C. Smith (Larry, deceased). He is also survived by four nephews; one niece; one great-nephew; and four great-nieces who will miss their “funny Uncle Ricky”. Graveside services will be 10:00 am Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Evergreen Cemetery, 4426 Central Ave., Charlotte, NC. The family understands if you are unable to attend the service due to the current Covid-19 gathering restrictions.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributes may be made in Rick’s name to St. John’s Baptist Church.


  • St. John's Baptist Church


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020


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Alan Geltman

July 26, 2020

Let me be the first, on this site, of the Rick's old DSS buddies to express my sadness. Was a co-worker, a softball teammate, beach buddy, and most of all, friend. Rick was a character, whatever he was doing, wherever he was, and whomever he was around. A funny, funny guy, who helped more people than I am sure he would admit.

steven shaw

July 26, 2020

I am very sorry to hear of Rick's passing! It was so good to know Rick from working at the airport in Charlotte: he at Piedmont, etc. and me at Delta. Rick always had a laugh and relaxed attitude as I knew him whether it was about airline duties or reminiscing about our performing in our respective high school marching bands: he at Garinger and me at Myers Park. May his entire family have peace and Grace during this sad time. He will be missed for sure!

Walter Kurtz

July 26, 2020

Wow, it seems like yesterday you were with us , cutting up, laughing having fun here, playing airport. Your standby flying time is up and now your confirmed, space positive, always flying high my friend. Here’s to you for making a crazy job always more fun. Thank you for great memories and stories.

Cathy Coats

July 25, 2020

Rick, you sure gave us plenty of laughs at work over the years. Your amazing wit was sharp as any knife! The last time I saw Rick, he and Brenda were Vegas bound. It was a chance meeting after his retirement. That memory holds even more love. You will be so missed, sweet friend. Thank you so much for the precious memories. ❤


July 25, 2020

Rick you were a hoot to be around! Enjoyed working and laughing with you over the years. Peace brother.

Forrest Smith

July 25, 2020

I'm sad to hear of Rick's passing. I enjoyed working and knowing Rick at US Airways/American. I will never forget the time I traveled with him and Brenda to Paris. Unfortunately the 9/11 attacks occurred during this time so what had been a fun trip turned into a very sad one. God bless you Rick.

Thomas (Ted) Harris

July 24, 2020

Rick was a very special friend to many of us in the airline industry. I traveled with him on many occasions, specifically to Las Vegas where we were always having a blast at the Blackjack tables. His friendly and comical demeanor was such a gift to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. I will cherish his friendship always. God bless you my friend.

Janice Banks

July 24, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Rick for many years as I also started in Charlotte with Piedmont Airlines. He was a very n compassionate human being and that made him a great employee but he was also a funny guy! In the old days life at the airlines was quite different but I remember someone got to the gate late and told him they had to be on that flight and he picked up the phone and pretended to call the aircraft back!! Of course that didn’t work back then either!
I loved Rick! He was one of a kind and can now entertain them in heaven!🙏🏻❤️