Raymond John Canning

October 28, 1915November 13, 2012

Raymond John Canning, 97, of Midlothian, Va., went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2012. He was a devoted husband, father and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Vernon Stone Canning. He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Canning Thornton, one grandson, Christopher Clay Thornton, loved brother in law, Alfred L. Stone, Jr. He retired after 40 years with Capital City Iron Works as a sales manager, he was a Mason for over 50 years, and excellent woodworker, craftsman, and member of Richmond Engineer's club. He spent a lifetime of active service at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He was loved by many family members and friends who gave him great joy. A memorial service will be held at 1pm, on Monday, November 19, 2012, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1214 Wilmer Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the Lawrence room located in the church parish hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church Choir. A private burial will be held at a later date at the church. Condolences may be made at:


  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, November 19, 2012

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Susan McGrail

November 22, 2012

Saw this on Facebook. So sorry for your loss. I know how hard it will be. I remember your parents so fondly from our teens. Please know that you and your son will be in my prayers. Take care, Love, Susan King McGrail

November 18, 2012

Abraham & I send you and Chris our deepest sympathy. Your dad was such a sweet person.
Vivian Turner

Carol & Jeff Gorham

November 18, 2012

Raymond was a treasure to all that knew him. I enjoyed spending time with him and listening to him reminisce about Richmond and all the history that makes this city so great. He had a love for classical music, and attended my husband's concerts when he was able. We will miss his humor and his sunny disposition. He will be forever missed by those of us who love and cherish him.

Nancy Schultz Miles

November 18, 2012

Raymond Canning was a wonderful man who was always so very kind to me. He was a friend of Saul my father and my step father Harry. I have many fond childhood memories of our good times together as families and of the beautiful house he and Mrs. Cannon built. It was always a treat to be around them and Sharon. Sharon, my heart goes out to you and your son. I wish I could be at Emmanuel for the funeral to pay my respects, but my health won't allow me to travel at this time. God Bless you. Love, Nancy

David Ottaway

November 18, 2012

Ray was a terific friend; one I learned much from our friendship. He was a christian and it was obivous when you became acquianted with him; he was always positive, honest and fair with everyone. My life has been enriched by being friends with Raymond Canning. He will be missed by his friends and family.