OBITUARY

George Caner

October 12, 1925June 21, 2013

CANER, George Colket , Jr. , age 87, of Chestnut Hill died on June 21, 2013 from complications of leukemia. He leaves two sisters, Emily Parkman of Cleveland, OH and Lila Mehlman of Brookline, two daughters, Grace Grierson Offen of Newtonville and Sarah Hamilton Gaylord of Wenham, and one son, Daniel Folger Caner of Coventry, Connecticut, as well as six grandchildren. His wife, Judith Ann (Brentlinger), died in 2009. An expert litigator, sportsman, author, and fierce competitor in all he did, George lived a full and fortunate life. He attended Dexter School in Brookline and St. Mark’s School in Southborough, then fought in WWII as a forward observer for an artillery battery in the 95th Army division, during which he served as corporal and was awarded a bronze star. After graduating from Harvard College in 1946 and Harvard Law School in 1951, he practiced trial law as a partner of Ropes and Gray in a forty-year career that included several landmark victories, including the “Titicut Follies” case and defense of the Boston Athletic Association’s control of the Boston Marathon. He was a trustee of the Southborough School and Brookline Savings Bank and a member of the Boston Athenaeum and Thursday Evening Club. He also wrote four books: Battery Adjust and How the Allies Won the War (II) - Barely (1945 and 2006), histories of his WWII and field battery experiences), the History of the Essex County Club 1893-1993 (1995) and Going the Distance (2001), an account of his legal trials. But his chief passions were fulfilled on the tennis court, golf course and ski slopes. As a member of The Country Club in Brookline, Essex County Club in Manchester, and Kittansett Club, he won (together with his father, Wimbledon Semi-Finalist Colket Caner) the New England Father and Son Tennis Championship in 1950, as well as numerous club tennis and golf championships. Yet he was perhaps most proud of his accomplishments as a skier. A pioneering and life-long skier at Stowe, Vermont, in the last twenty years of his life he raced as a member of the New England division of the US Masters, winning in 2009 all save one of the events of his class – the downhill, the super G, the GS, and the combined, finishing second only in the slalom. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 11 AM, at the Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Peter-Henri Dragonas, MD

January 15, 2016

George C. Caner, consummate attorney following in succession from his father, Dr. Collet Caner, M.D. He dwelt equally well in his family circles , professional arenas, at the sidebar or as a very shrewd competitor on the golf course. Playing in tounaments on the North Shore or in Brookline he gave his all and won & lost with dignity. Reading the comments by his staff at Ropes & Gray, I discovered much more about this quiet renaissance personality. His life was one of contributions for "The Common Good" as I knew him. A model of humility and humanity lives through his family, clients, colleagues, staff, friends from all parts of his life and respect for his faith in the Almighty.

Peter-Henri Dragonas, MD

January 15, 2016

George C. Caner, consummate attorney following in succession from his father, Dr. Collet Caner, M.D. He dwelt equally well in his family circles , professional arenas, at the sidebar or as a very shrewd competitor on the golf course. Playing in tounaments on the North Shore or in Brookline he gave his all and won & lost with dignity. Reading the comments by his staff at Ropes & Gray, I discovered much more about this quiet renaissance personality. His life was one of contributions for "The Common Good" as I knew him. A model of humility and humanity lives through his family, clients, colleagues, staff, friends from all parts of his life and respect for his faith in the Almighty.

Donna Noonan

December 9, 2014

In 1992, I accepted a challenging assignment to be Mr. Caner's secretary at Ropes & Gray. The six years I worked with Mr. Caner has left an indelible memory. He was the most dedicated and fearless litigator -- and he always made me laugh!

January 10, 2014

May God bless you in this time of sorrow. I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Caner's passing. He was such an accomplished man but, in my humble opinion, his wonderful children are his greatest legacy. Condolences and warm regards,
Rita

Catherine Brigham

July 15, 2013

I will miss George. He was a good friend.

john spooner

June 29, 2013

Great man, very inspirational person making it to all those races, was with him at Comets camp last few years and he was host of thew Cock tail party and sang the Comets song for the coaches and racers ,RIP George

John Cullinane

June 28, 2013

I was sorry to learn that George had died. George seemed like someone that was going to live to 100 at least. In fact, I saw him on Easter Sunday and he looked so good I invited him to be my partner on opening day at the Club but he demurred. I will miss George. I liked him. He was an original.

Bill Dore

June 27, 2013

Enjoyed many good times with George on and around the golf links at Essex. A keen competitor with a delicious dry wit. One of the good guys.
With deep regret.

Bill and Arden Dore

June 26, 2013

I met George when we were both sent to train with the field artillery of the 95th Infantry Division in Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania in early 1944. We spent the rest of the war together. He was a fiercely independent spirit then as he seems to have been for the rest of his life. He, Sam Singer and Lieutenant Voight formed the forward observer team for A Battery.His duties required him to be up front with the infantry. It was a dangerous job. His fellow enlisted man, Sam Singer, was killed.I respect George highly for the life he lived and send my condolences to Emily, Lila and his children. Richmond Mayo-Smith, Boston, MA.

June 26, 2013

Grace and Dan--

I'm thinking of you both at this time of loss, remembering with fondness your growing-up years near the Engel family.

With love and sympathy,
Diane Engel