Peter Anthony Canga

December 17, 1926December 26, 2013
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Peter Anthony Canga passed away peacefully on Dec. 26th after enjoying Christmas day with his family. He was 87 years old. He was born in New York City to Pedro and Luzmila while his father was in America on military training. In his long life, Peter helped raise his brothers and sisters after his father died tragically while on duty. He returned to the US in 1947 and became a flier in the Army Air Corps serving for 26 years including the Berlin Airlift, the Korean War, the Cold War, and Vietnam. He attended night school while stationed in Tokyo to earn a Bachelors Degree and later became an independent businessman. His work helped rural Texas communities create transportation systems for the poor and elderly. He recently rekindled his Catholic faith and earned a 4th degree with the Knights of Columbus. Until a few months ago he taught English as a second language at St. Elizabeth Church in Pflugerville. Peter was the last surviving member of his family from Peru. He was comforted in the knowledge that they were waiting to receive him with open arms. He leaves behind a wife Matilde, sons Michael, Peter, Garry, Carl and three grandchildren. He also leaves behind the extended family he helped sponsor to immigrate to America. His joy was his family and he enthusiastically involved himself in our hobbies and recreational activities though out his life. Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Monday, December 30, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., with a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Pflugerville. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Memorial Hill Cemetery. His final Christmas toast was the importance of loving each other.

Please visit Mr. Canga’s memorial at


  • Visitation Monday, December 30, 2013
  • Rosary Monday, December 30, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Stephen Stowe

January 14, 2014

Tillie I am so very sorry for your loss, Pete was a great man. Always there to lend an ear and give advice. I can remember talking for hours about life and history with him. I will cherish those memories. Y'all two together were so warm and inviting I will always consider my family. Take care of yourself my family sends their condolences.

Peter Canga

January 8, 2014

We are so sorry to hear of Pete's passing...truly a life well-lived. Mike and Naka remember with great fondness and affection all the times they spent with Pete and Tillie, both here and in Japan. They both very much appreciate the many years of friendship. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Fernandez Family
Naka, Mike, Ed, Alma, Patricia, and Lucas

David, Susan, Ross Hufstedler (Erin & Jeff Dorsey)

January 5, 2014

Tillie, Pete was a very special man and will be greatly missed. We are always here if you need us. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you always.

January 2, 2014

Matilde, our thoughts are with you and your family during this time of loss and sadness. Tom and Dolores Eason, Cedar Park, TX

Paul Fagin

January 2, 2014

Uncle Peter I still remember the time you helped me prepare for my scholarship interview. You gave me great feedback and you were a wonderful practice partner. I attribute the fact that I got it the scholarship to your help. you have always been a great mentor, and I will sincerely miss you.

Lynn Phillips

January 1, 2014

Nikki my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

January 1, 2014

My condolences to the Canga family. May Mr. Canga rest in peace. I found out too late to attend the services. My prayers are with the Canga family. I worked with Ms. Tille Conga for several years at Bealls.

Connie Torres (Austin, Texas)

Kristin Canga

January 1, 2014

Rest in peace.


December 30, 2013

I have warm and vivid memories of Mr. Canga as I knew him in my high school years and beyond. He graciously welcomed me in his home and family. He was an enthusiastic father and a good husband who along with his beautiful and nurturing wife, Tillie, raised 4 responsible and successful sons. The values and ethics that Peter and Tillie taught their sons are reflected in the great men that they are today. I hope you take pride and comfort from his faith and courage and his life well lived. I will continue to keep Tillie in a special place in my heart and my prayers.


December 30, 2013

I was privileged to have Peter as a friend and colleagues for over thirty years. We worked together on many things but especially on transportation and economic development. The needs to help people by addressing their needs for basic access and opportunity was something that was in the forefront of his thinking and work at all times. I felt then as I do now that his Catholic faith was at the heart of what he sought to do for others.

He was wise, generous, kind, considerate and always optimistic person----something we should all hope to be. I know how much he loved his family especially Tilly to whom we send our thought and prayers today. Most of all we send her our thanks for sharing Pete with the rest of us----and for being such good friends-------we shall treasure our time together always.

Our very sincere sympathy,

Dale and Jean Marsico, Stafford Virginia.