OBITUARY

Leonard John Canning

March 16, 1930August 7, 2017

Leonard John “Lee” Canning of Naples, FL passed away on August 7, 2017 surrounded by the love of his life, Marjorie, and his family. Born in Chestnut Hill, PA to Margaret Gorman Canning, he attended high school in Milwaukee, WI; and resided in Edina, MN until moving to Naples, Fl. He started college at 16 at St. Mary’s University (Winona, MN) where he met Marjorie who was attending St. Theresa’s College. After graduating from St. Mary’s, he joined the Air Force and served our country, including a stint in Germany. Lee attended the University of Iowa for post-graduate work in journalism and later in his career he graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with an M.B.A. He began his newspaper career at 10, publishing his first neighborhood paper. His adult career began at the Suburban Newspapers as a sports reporter and then went to the Star Tribune, where his love of the English language is legendary. He was senior vice president and business manager. During his 28 years at the Star Tribune, where he went from copy editor to executive managing editor and shifted to the business side where he supervised promotions, research, production, human resources, planning and labor relations. After two years of retirement, Lee returned to the newspaper business to become the publisher of Suburban Newspapers Inc. for 10 years. His passion for the community included board membership in several major hospital boards, including two appointments as board president. The joys in life were his family, improving the community and the written word. His proudest memories were raising nine children with Marge and persevering through six years of graduate school at night to achieve an M.B.A. He is survived by Marge, his wife of 64 years, and 2 sons – Mike (Nancy) Canning; Mark (Deb) Canning, and six daughters, Helen, Patricia, Colleen (Diwa Ratnam), Susan, Margaret (Mike Russell) and Maureen (Jeff Clipperton), 21 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Lee was preceded in death by his daughter, Kate and grandson, Andrew. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 660 Tamiami Trail N # 21, Naples, FL 34102 or the Frances Georgeson Hospice House c/o Avow Hospice 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples, FL 34105.

A Memorial Mass in Lee’s honor will be held 10:00 A.M. August 18, 2017 at St. Williams Catholic Church 601 Seagate Dr, Naples, FL 34108. A second Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 A.M. September 1, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Church in Edina, MN.

Condolences may be left online at www.HodgesNaplesMG.com.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Friday, August 18, 2017
  • Memorial Mass Friday, September 1, 2017
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Leonard John Canning

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Katie and Jim Conley/Glick

August 17, 2017

Dear Marge,

I have such fond memories of volunteering at the St Pat's garage sale with you and Lee. He was a delightful man. Jim enjoyed getting to know him on their car rides to the Minnesota Men's Breakfast Club. Our condolences to you and your children.

August 16, 2017

Dear Marge,
Sorry for your loss. Also lost my brother in June to dementia. Have fond memories of the old neighborhood picnics when we blocked off Cedar Crown Drive. Remembering that you and Lee were instigators of those fun times.

Sincerely, Marion Froemming

Will & Sheila Zimmerman

August 15, 2017

Dear Marge and family,
Please accept our deepest condolences to you and your family. It's challenging to summarize such a big personality in a few words. We have been honored to live next door to you in Edina on Gleason Court for many years. Lee represented himself as a man who seemed ordinaryexcept for his extraordinary talent and career. He was always a welcoming presence and had something valuable to offer others. He was always on a learning curve and up to new challenges. We fondly remember the many Sunday picnics held in our backyards for our neighbors. He was always a hit with his witty sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye were beacons of sincerity, a safe harbor where boatloads of good conversation with no pretense or prejudice. You and Lee shared time to travel and explored new adventures and as well raised nine wonderful children. Sheila had the privilege of teaching some of your children and grandchildren in the Hopkins Public Schools. And now St. Peter has opened the gates of heaven, welcoming Lee to his new home. Marge, your personal dedication and unselfish giving during his long good-bye should be a driving force for all of us to make this world a better place. Eternal rest to Lee.

Gary Gilson

August 15, 2017

Dear Marge,

I am so sad at your loss. Lee was one of the finest men I have known, and I have a place deep in my heart for him. God bless you and your family.

August 14, 2017

Dear Marge and family,
We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Andy and Larry Cheslik

William Kreykes

August 14, 2017

Dear Marge, we were so sadden to read Lee's obituary in the StarTribune. Jean and I talked about the fun times we all had together when Health One was still a system.We are so pleased that we had a chance to visit the last time we were in Florida. Lee was a remarkable man and we feel fortunate to have him as a friend. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Bill and Jean Kreykes

Michel Wilk

August 10, 2017

Dear Marge,

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
May your many years of memories and your wonderful family be a comfort. You are such a wonderful person and a part of our St. Vincent De Paul family as well.

God Bless.

Michel Wilk

Dolores Stillings

August 9, 2017

Dear Mrs. Canning & Family:

I am so sorry that your Lee has passed away, but the comforting thought is that he is going home and he will be at peace!

My Prayers are with you and your wonderful children (family),

BLESSINGS,
Dolores Stillings

Dolores Stillings

August 9, 2017

Dear Mrs. Canning & Family:

I am so sorry that your Lee has passed away, but the comforting thought is that he is going home and he will be at peace!

My Prayers are with you and your wonderful children (family),

BLESSINGS,
Dolores Stillings

FROM THE FAMILY