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“To the Canning Family: Im surprised and saddened to read of Donnies passing. I grew up with the family. My thoughts are with you all from Hillcroft...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Lesley Fox Hietsch - Neighbor

“FaythSo sorry to hear about Don. He was a great person My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.Pat Brinson ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Pat Brinson - waltham, MA

“I'm so sorry for your loss! I remember Mr. Canning fondly from my childhood; always friendly and smiling. I know how much you will miss him but he...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Cynthia Bryden - Family Friend

“Fayth and family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Don. Distance and times prevent us from being there with you. Hold on to your...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: joyce howes - INDIAN LAND, SC

“Fayth and family'My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. My prayers and thoughts arewith you at this difficult time ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Grace Alberico - Waltham - Friend

“Fayth, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Don was a true gentleman.Love,Jeannette ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Jeannette McCarthy - Waltham, MA

“So Sorry to learn of Dons passing, we'll miss him. I still remember Dons kind nature when we worked together all those years ago. Iall keep Don in my...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Ken Canning - North Andover, MA

“Well miss you Don, I still remember your pleasant nature when we worked together all those years ago ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Ken Canning - Family

“Fayth and family,I was so sorry to read that Don passed away. I saw him not that long ago when we voted at the Bright School. He looked terrific and...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Ruth Gately - Waltham, MA

“Dear Fayth and family,I am saddened to hear of Don's passing. I worked for and with him at Canning Brothers for the better part of eighteen years and...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Joe Sullivan - Watertown, MA

“Dear Fayth and family,Our hearts are saddened to hear of Don's passing. We knew Don as a genuine, kind, giant gentle soul. We will miss seeing him...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Marcel & Lizann Cormier - waltham, MA

“Dear Linda and family, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. ...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Janice Masse - West Warwick, RI

“We will miss Don at Meals on Wheels. He was such a faithful volunteer for the program. Prayers to you Faith and your family. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Frank & Mary Darcy - Waltham, MA

“We will miss Don at Meals on Wheels. He was such a faithful volunteer for the program. Prayers to you Faith and your family. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Frank & Mary Darcy - Waltham

“Dear Faythe and family, Sending our deepest sympathy and love. We are heartbroken at hearing of Donny's death. Please know you are in our thoughts...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Gerry and Bud Chiasson - Waltham, MA

“SO, A GROUP OF US WERE AT SEA GULL BEACH W YARMOUTH ENJOYING (I THOUGHT) THE DAY IN THE BEATIFUL WARM WATER . PRIOR TO THIS TIME , I HAD NO CONCERNS...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Connie McGaffigan - Bellingham, MA

“TO Fayth and family. we were so sorry to hear of Don passing.....may all ur beautiful memories stay in ur heart forever.....i did enjoy working with...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Bob & mary ann MCgovern - Waltham, MA

“Don will be sorely missed at Beth Eden, not only for all he did each Sunday as a deacon, but for who he was. God Bless. Ellie and Kevin ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Ellie Lyman - Waltham, MA

“Fayth and family, Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband. These are difficult times when one would like to offer sympathy in person...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Gloria Champion Champion - MA

“So saddened to hear of Don's passing.A number of years back, when my 3 children were little, they went to Adventures Pre-School in Belmont. Next...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Donna Canning - North Andover, MA


Waltham – Donald Brenton Canning, of Waltham, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 31, 2020. He was 75.

Don was born in Oakland, California on September 26, 1944, a son of the late Brenton and Iris (Smith) Canning. He moved to Waltham with his family and was a member of the Waltham High School Class of 1962. It was there where he met Fayth Bishop, and the two wed in 1965, they shared fifty-five happy years together. The couple lived for a time in Belmont before returning to Waltham in 1974.

Don took over his father's plastering business, Canning Brothers, Inc. of Belmont, which he ran successfully for many years before his retirement in 2007. He was very active in his community and at Beth Eden Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. He was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers meals to the city's home-bound elders. He enjoyed reading, walking, watching Boston sports, playing cribbage with Fayth, family dinners, and of course, spending time with his children and grandchildren. Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and dear friend to many.

In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his brother, the late James Canning, and his infant daughter, Deborah Leigh Canning.

He leaves his beloved wife, Fayth; his daughters, Sheryl "Sherry" Lynne Ruiz and her husband, Kenneth, of Waltham, and Linda Canning Smith and her husband, Tyler, of Foxborough; his grandchildren, Ashley Elizabeth Ruiz, Justin Tyler Ruiz, Kyle Jeffrey Smith, and Jessica Leigh Ruiz; his brother, Brian Canning of Richmond, Rhode Island, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Don's family will gather privately in Belmont Cemetery for committal services. A memorial service to be held at a later date will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, Don's family requests that donations in his name may be made to Beth Eden Baptist Church, 84 Maple Street, Waltham, Massachusetts, 02453.