OBITUARY

Anthony "Tony" Garcia Canez

December 26, 1924June 3, 2021

Glendale – Tony G. Cañez was born December 26, 1924 to Antonio and Luz Cañez in Litchfield, Arizona. Tony was a man of extraordinary talents who could never live an ordinary life. He was proud to grow up in Glendale from humble beginnings with his siblings (Francisca, Eloisa, Aurora, Alfredo, Bertha and Consuelo) living through the Great Depression.

His athleticism and competitiveness playing multiple sports made him a standout that would endure through adulthood. At 17, after his sophomore year in high school, he volunteered for the Army to fight in World War II. Initially part of the tank destroyer battalion as a tank gunner, he volunteered for a new division of ski troopers that would become the 10th Mountain Division training at Camp Hale, Colorado. Sent to Italy in 1944, he fought with the 85th Infantry Regiment in the Apennines and Po Valley distinguishing himself by being awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his heroics near Mt. Belvedere.

Tony was a quiet, humble man; but his stories of the war were riveting. Once discharged, the army paid for his training as a tailor. Through his entrepreneurship and drive, he came to purchase his own drycleaners in Glendale. He married his adored and beloved wife, Polly, who would have seven daughters sharing a bustling home. After selling his cleaners in Glendale, he worked at Nick’s Cleaners on 7th Street in Phoenix and his keen sense of business would lead him to purchase it and change the name to Tony’s Cleaners. His family business proudly served the community for decades becoming a staple for locals, but he generously gave back to those throughout the valley until hisretirement in 1997 at the age of 72. Tony passed away peacefully of natural causes in the presence of his family on June 3rd, 2021. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, siblings, one granddaughter (Jacque) and his loving wife, Polly. He is survived by his daughters Patsy (Freddy), Virginia, Nancy, Rose (Rich), Anna (Freddie), Julie and Sylvia (Mike) along with 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and brother, Alfredo. He is supported by his cherished, long-time companion, Juanita and the entire Castañeda family. Tony was most proud of his family and the service to his country. From his family, their gratitude of having him in their lives is beyond expression as he was the epitome of integrity, honor and dedication. And for his service to his country, a grateful nation will be forever in his debt. A Mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Glendale (5614 W Orangewood Ave) at 10 am on Thursday, June 10th. A military graveside service will be held at Resthaven Cemetery followed by a luncheon at Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Drive, Glendale, AZ 85301. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, June 10, 2021

Memories

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Victoria Placencia

June 15, 2021

My Mr. Cañez,
There are so many memories and things I could say about you. You were God send for my loving grandma and family. You always made me feel so special, like no one else in the world mattered. I can’t tell you a time we didn’t laugh, smile, or create a memory together. I use to love going to your “work” aka the Adult Center when you were playing pool with grandma. Celebrating our birthdays together or the special times with your girls. I will never forget the stories of the war showing the best legacy of a WWII vet. I will always remember the name Bob Dole. I cherish the memories of Applebees, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and so many restaurants. But most of all, I will always cherish and tell the story of you and grandma’s amazing companion love story. A story of hope and living on full of life, traveling, and growing old together. I miss you so much and always will. Love you Mr. Cañez, YOUR Victoria (p.s. you will NEVER lose me)

OFELIA CANEZ

June 8, 2021

My dearest Cousin that cherished his extended family; of which he has many. In California, Superior, Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson to name a few. He was always mindful of visiting my mother, Matilde his cousin throughout the years. Thank you Pat and Freddy for bringing him to my moms. Tony and Polly loved my mother and she loved them. I was fortunate to spend some quality time with him, too short of a time with life and events always getting in the way for visits. Also, Juanita an amazing companion that was by his side always. We love you for your love. I am blessed as well as the Matilde Canez family and her brothers and sisters, your first cousins: Francisco, Antonio, Charles, Rosario, Matilde, Jose, Jesus Maria, Carmen Canez to be part of his and his daughters family. A proud American who respected and loved his country. Rest in Peace dear cousin. We love you.

Francisco Ybarra

June 8, 2021

I have a tape recording of Uncle Tony visiting my parents Francisca and Juan Ybarra, date unknown. Uncle Tony was accompanied by his wife Polly. He loved Mexican music and he loved to dance. Thus, on this particular visit the occasion turned into a sing-along: Uncle singing his heart out accompanied by my father Juan playing all requests on the piano. One could hear my mother and Polly giggling in the background! My admiration for these two men knows no bounds. Both are now soldiers in GOD’s own regiment.

Susan South

June 8, 2021

What a privilege to have known Papa Tony and see firsthand how much love he had for his family and the pride he took in his children and grandchildren. Everyone he met was greeted with a warm smile and embrace. He was a patriot and a real hero in my eyes. I am so grateful to have known him and to know how proud he was of my daughter and Marcus. He will be greatly missed.

Michelle Ferraro

June 7, 2021

I only met him a few times at family gatherings and when Juan would go cut his hair and give Him a shave, he would enjoy that, and he’d look very handsome after, it might of not been a lot of memories the ones I do have will last forever and I just want to say I am proud to have met this wonderful man rest in peace you will be missed God bless you and your family!

Marie Ybarra

June 7, 2021

Uncle Tony, I didn't get to know you as much as I would have liked to but you were the BEST dancer I have ever know. We are offering prayers and sacrifices for you always. Rest in Jesus's arms. Love, Marie & John Ybarra

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY