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Robert James Caners

CANERS, Robert James - On November 5th, 2018, with his family at his side, Robert James Caners peacefully joined his Heavenly Family. Dad was predeceased by his parents Louis and Delima, his brothers Hubert and Norman, sisters Helen and Cecile and brother-in-law Lucien and Emery. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 51 years Eva (nee Gauthier), children Angele (Garrett), Marc (Tammy), Clifford (Kathryn), Lisa, and Valerie (James). He also leaves his grandchildren Sara, Tara, Jennifer and Mercedes, Tavia, Ethan, Elizabeth, Tia, Jocelyn, Bianca and great grandson Johnathan and great grand daughter Amareia, numerous nieces and nephews as well as his brothers Philip (Pat), Paul (Rose), Anthony (Mary), sisters Florence and Clara. Dad was born and raised in Fisher Branch, Manitoba on the family homestead a few miles out of town. Family was everything to this very tight nit group. Dad left the farm to find work in his younger days taking jobs at the Bassett Gold Mine, in Winnipeg driving a fork lift for Allied Farm Equipment, and once he married the love of his life, he drove a feed truck in Arborg until he made the decision to follow his passion of fixing vehicles, earned his mechanics license and opened Caners Garage. Not wanting to be too far away from family, he put the shop 5' away from the home so he could help support mom and the children and ran the shop for 40 years. Active as his family was, dad always took time for family. Many trips to the farm on Sundays after church to see his parents, or a little party at the Gauthier's just down the road, there was laughter and music not far behind. Family camping trips became dad's passion in the summer time and eventually Caners Village was established in Birds Hill and then St. Malo, where multiple families would converge and spend a couple weeks each summer together creating memories! A two step or a jig was never far away when dad was around music! Like his father, He too took a very active role in the church in many areas from church council, yard maintenance and music! And oh, did he love the music. Not always on key, he sang and lead the choir from heart for many years. Dad the integrity, values and faith you taught us will live on, and although you will be missed, you will always be remembered, so for now you can join the angels singing in heaven until we see you again. Love you Dad. Rest in Peace. Funeral was held at St. Philips Neri Catholic Church on Saturday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m. followed by Interment at St. Philip Neri Cemetery. MacKENZIE FUNERAL HOME, Arborg 1-800-467-0024 info@mackenziefh.com 13312302
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