Mary T Canfield

September 29, 1956December 1, 2013

Mary T. Canfield (57) of 869 8th Ave NE, Largo, FL died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at her home.

Born in Hornell, NY, she was the daughter of Anthony & Phyllis (Altieri) Parlave, and was a graduate of Hornell High School and received her R.N. from the Saint James School of Nursing.

Mary moved to Florida in 1988 living in Jacksonville, Orlando and Largo. She was employed at West Bay Surgery Center as a Registered Nurse and volunteering at the Food Bank until over taken by her illness. She had hoped to be part of a helicopter rescue team but derived the most satisfaction from helping and working with others in the medical field.

With many interests, Mary had a great love of flowers, enjoyed watching and attending baseball and football games as well as long rides in the countryside and quiet walks along the water’s edge or through the park. Mary was a great home maker and she loved her family and many friends. She enjoyed children, and had a special bond with her Great Nephew Spencer Lucas.

Most of all, Mary was a caring and loving wife as well as a partner in life to her husband, who will always love and remember her dearly.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents as well as her brother Anthony Parlave and sister Linda Caruso. She is survived by her husband Don Canfield of Largo, FL, as well as her sisters Rosalie Lucas of Largo, FL, Phyllis Conway-Giglio of Hornell, NY, and Gloria Cone of Hornell, NY. A Christian service will be conducted by Father Dermot Dunne of St Cecelia’s Church in Clearwater on Dec. 18, at 7:00pm at 13401 Indian Rocks Rd, Largo, FL 33774 (727-562-2080) for those wishing to attend.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Stephen Conway

December 18, 2013

I miss and love you so much Aunr Mary. But as I look in the mirror, at my cousins and theyre families, your sisters, Spencer, and Don. I realize that you left your smile, spirit, and all the best parts of you with us. As with your brother Tony with niece Valerie, your sister Linda with Sean and Mike, all we have to do to remember you is look at Spencer and Don.... and there you are..... Smiling that beautiful smile. I LOVE YOU. ;)

Kathy Gillespie

December 10, 2013

Mary you will be remembered, and missed by so many of us that were fortunate enough to know you and call you "friend".
I have such fun-filled memories of our trip to Church Street Station with you and Phyllis it was a great time!
Clearwater Beach is another of my happiest memories, Thank you for being my friend.
You and Don, were meant for each other and I'm sad to think of his and our world without you.
Honey I'm glad you're no longer in pain and I know your family in Heaven is happy to have you with them. Till we see you in Heaven we will never forget you and your pretty smile.

December 9, 2013

I first met Mary when she worked in the recovery room at Sun Coast Hospital.I remember waking up in pain and she came over and said she would give me something to make me feel better and she did.
When I discovered she was from Hornell,we laughed talking about dining at Friendly's each summer we went home to Rochester.
As a coworker she was competent and compassionate.I will miss our "Queen

My thoughts and prayers to Don and family.
Augie Carrington
When I discovered she was from Hornell, we laughed as we compared trips home,visiting "

Brad Smith

December 7, 2013

If I had a nickel for every time I saw you smile, I'd be a rich man!
When I first met met Mary I would say Mary, Mary quite contrary and she would say,"if I had a nickel for every time I heard that I'd be rich", every time I saw her I would give her a day last week I found a nickel, Mary's way of saying I'm OK. I was blessed knowing her. She was rich, is so many ways. My thoughts and prayers are with Don and family. Nickel Friend Brad

Sue Roselli

December 6, 2013

I knew Mary when she was a child and remember her sweet smile and friendly disposition ! She was a little doll who enjoyed making people happy ! She always had a smile for everyone ! I know she will be sorely missed ! May she rest in peace !

Debbie Goodwin

December 6, 2013

Mary was a wonderful friend first and great coworker as well. She had a great sense of humor, making her a lot of fun to be around. Mary will be missed by all.

Marianne Matacale

December 6, 2013

On behalf of her classmates of HHS 1974, we are saddened to hear of her illness and passing, especially in the advent of our 40th class reunion. We send heartfelt sympathy and hope her family finds comfort in memories of her. We remember that young girl with big eyes and a big smile.

William Levinson

December 6, 2013

I never knew she was an RN, makes me proud to be one, never an unkind word from her , such a sweet person, my condolences and prayers to her family,
I kmow she will be missed.

Melissa Walsh

December 5, 2013

With sincere and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time. Mary was a truly valued and loved person who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Linda Hunt

December 5, 2013

Well, the nameless entry would be me. Mary would get a kick out of this. Her response would be: "Typical Linda." She had a smile that would light up a room. To me, the brightest star in the sky, is always going to be Mary smiling down upon us. God Bless!!