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Ellis Alonzo Canning

September 8, 1947January 4, 2020

It is with a heavy heart, we announce the passing of a great father, grandfather, partner and man, Ellis Alonzo Canning who left this life on Saturday January 4, 2020 at the Vancouver General Hospital.

Ellis leaves behind his partner Glen Huser, daughter, son-in-law and grandson Janelle, Joel and Jakob Shoihet; ex-wife and friend Claudine Canning; sisters Dorothy Stockley, Lorraine Colboune-Cochrane, Wilma and Sonja Colbourne; and brothers Edwin Canning and Larry and Ramsey Colbourne along with a large, loving group of extended family, who span the globe.

Born in Roddickton, Newfoundland on September 8, 1947 to Beatrice and John Canning, Ellis was known early in life for his excellent style. He was the first to be spotted on the streets of his tiny town in the latest trend from Sears Roebuck catalogue. In his later years, he was rarely spotted without a fedora or other hat and a scarf to match.

He was a lover of all things that bloomed, the beach, sun and travel and appreciated the beauty of a sunrise and sunset. He would often sit quietly and admire the changing colour of the sky as it rose or set on each day. His love of seeing new things and meeting new people was reflected in his professional and personal life. Growing up and living much of his adult life in Newfoundland, his journey led from coast to coast in 1995 when he and Claudine moved to British Columbia where he started his nursing career, often working in isolated communities throughout northern Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. His work portfolio is rich with testimonials to his diligence and expertise as an RN and hospital administrator. Breaks from work? No surprise to find him spending winters in Ecuador or Costa Rica.

It is hard to describe in words a man whose easy smile and kind eyes brought joy to people all over the world. He made friends easily and was comfortable in a room of one or one hundred. An excellent and avid cook, he often hosted dinner parties for no reason other than to celebrate his love of cooking and entertaining with friends and family. Sadly, his recipe for the most amazing French onion soup may well have gone with him.

In lieu of a flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of your choice. At his request there will be no formal service. Consideration is being given to raise a glass in his honour when the world again is in bloom and the sun can shine on faces of all who knew and loved him.


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Ellis Alonzo Canning

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Wanda Perrin

January 16, 2020

Janelle and all the family and friends both near and far
How to say good bye to someone you love so much, so many memories so many laughs and yes sometimes tears, Ellis was not only my cousin but a true friend to myself and Bill, we both loved him dearly,we shared so many times together, Ellis loved to dance and did it so well, he loved all kinds of music and we sat at my piano many times and had a sing a long, we sang many of the old gospel songs over and over again, and in a recent visit a couple of years ago he would always ask me to sing and play some of his favourites,Ellis loved to entertain and loved to cook, and he enjoyed his times in the kitchen, a very intelligent man who excelled at whatever he did,successful in his careers, well respected and loved by all who knew him, there are so many good memories and stories many which will always bring a smile to my face.
My handsome cousin I will miss you always but will cherish all the memories in my heart I love you and will always miss you fly with the angels, till we meet again
Love Wanda

Dianne Fillier

January 11, 2020

The Family of Ellis, Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Ellis. What fun we had all those years ago when we were all so young! Guy & Ellis were great friends growing up in Roddickton & he stood for us when Guy & I married in 1972. We even exchanged coffee tables at one point because the one he & Claudine had was round & didn’t fit in their newly done TV room! I still have it ! I remember Ellis with a smile because he always had a smile for everyone and was such a likeable person. May many wonderful memories of Ellis help sustain you through all of the tomorrows without him. Take care & God Bless .

Ken Beaudry-Hum

January 11, 2020

Ellis was an eloquent, elegant, caring man who I was fortunate to have met and know as a gentleman who loved to laugh and lived life to the fullest no matter who he met or came in contact with, I will miss Ellis in this life as he crosses over to the next Life. Forever in our Hearts, Ellis , until we meet again . Ken & Paul Beaudry-Hum 🙏🏼❤️

Wilma Colbourne

January 10, 2020

My brother Ellis will be forever missed and loved by me.

I want to share a few of my memories.

Ellis and Claudine always gave the pretties sweaters every Christmas where I knew it was going to be top notch material and the colour would match me perfectly ever time;

Ellis and I volunteered for the Conservative party during our time in Newfoundland and would travel quite often to Corner Brook and surrounding areas to campaign, this is where my brother was sure to teach me all the table etiquettes which included the use of utensils. I love this story, anytime the family would like to learn more about this experience please feel free to ask; 😊

When I was 25 I congratulated from college and went back to my little town of Roddickton where Ellis had then moved from the big city of St. John’s to Roddickton where he purchased a Senior Citizens Home. Ellis gave me a job working for him, Oh! the fun times we had, and this is also where we finally had the opportunity to get to know each other and created a bond that no one could come between. We were quick to learn who was excellent in math and the other in English. Claudine I’m sure you will remember how many times you would come home at midnight from your Nursing shift and say to me, “Your Still Here?”....

A beautiful painting that he gave me for my 50th birthday in Costa Rica. I may have never experienced Central America without him, more awesome stories for the family some day.

I could tell stories from sunrise to sunset but I would like to close by saying my brother Ellis was a man of integrity, intellectual, teacher, honest and most of all when he loved someone he loved with all of his heart. Ellis loved his daughter Janelle like no other.

My condolence to Janelle, Joel, Jakob, Claudine, Glen, all of my siblings, our children and to all of Ellis’s friends from across the 🌎.

I loved you from the beginning and forever in my ❤️

Sister, Wilma

Agnes Dougan

January 10, 2020

Will miss your smile. Many great memories. RIP dear friend.

Joy Edmonds

January 10, 2020

Uncle Ellis, you were one of the kindest, funniest, most patient and uplifting people this world has ever seen. I’m so proud of you for living your authentic life and giving so much love and inspiration to so many. A piece of my heart will always be yours. Thank you for so many wonderful memories, honey. I love you dearly now and forever. XOXO

Juanita Cuff

January 10, 2020

I met him only once but fell in love with his shining personality immediately!
My condolences go out to Dorothy and her family. Thinking of you as you go through this most difficult time. Love Juanita XOXO

Brian Butt

January 10, 2020

Dear Family of Ellis.
I was saddened to hear of Ellis’s passing. I’ve known Ellis and Claudine since the late 70’s. Ellis was a joy to know and such a host. I remember some wonderful dinner parties but every event with him was special. I saw him last on a visit to Halifax a few years ago now. We reminisced over dinner and caught up the years since we last saw each other. It was wonderful. He spoke so lovingly Of his partner Glen, his daughter and her family, and of Claudine. He was happy with his life it seemed and looking forward to the years ahead. May light and peace surround him and all of you and may the Songs of the Angels welcome him home. My deepest condolences to you all.

Herb Canning

January 10, 2020

I recall many fond memories of Mr. Canning in my teenage years. He was a very fine gentlemen and always with such a pleasant smile and attitude. He was always welcoming to me as a friend of Jenelle’s whenever we hung out at their house. My mother worked for him for many years when he owned the seniors home In Roddickton . He was nothing but professional, caring. She was very grateful to him to have provided her with the opportunity to work. He treated her and the residents with so much kindness and respect. Thank you Mr. Canning for the difference you help to make in the world. May you Rest In Peace! Thoughts and Prayer go out to Janelle and the entire family during this time of sorrow.

Charalyn Parlee (Canning)

January 10, 2020

Ellis was a kind and sweet man who welcomed me with open arms as pretty much a second daughter when Janelle and I were inseparable in the mid 80’s. Rest easy, Ellis, your kindness will not be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.