Robert Canaday

Robert Moore Canaday

Tuesday, July 17th, 1956 - Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
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Robert Moore Canaday went to be with the Lord on Thursday January 3rd, 2019.
Bob, as he was known, was born July 17th 1956 in Fairbanks, Alaska, son of Moore and Nancy (Warner) Canaday. He grew up Brownsville and attended the Central Linn schools where he played football, basketball and met the love of his life. Bob graduated Central Linn high school in 1974. Bob married his high school sweetheart Mary Belcastro on September 13th 1976. Bob and Mary recently celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary.
Bob served in the Navy from 1975 to 1979 aboard the USS John King (DDD-3) with two tours in the Middle East. He was honorably discharged in 1979. After the Navy, Bob worked in road construction and helped build the I’5 and Highway 99 E. He graduated from Linn Benton Community College with an Associates of Science and Electronics in 1984. During this time, he was a member of the Central-Linn Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce).
Bob worked at Whites Electronics in Sweethome for 33 years as an Electronic Technician in Research & Development and was nationally recognized as one of the top experts in the metal detecting community. He was well-known for his strong work ethic. He was a member of the Beaver State Coin Shooters for 26 years and was acting president from 2015 to present. Bob helped organize the Special Olympics treasure hunts through the Beaver State Coin Shooters. Bob was a volunteer football coach for the Central Linn school district, coaching elementary through high school varsity from 2002 to 2011. He was a host father for two high school foreign exchange students: Torsten Motzkus from Germany (2009 to 2010) and Michiel Reijnierse from the Netherlands (2010 to 2011). Bob was incredibly kind, generous and accommodating. He often opened up his home to family and friends in need. No one left the Canaday home hungry. Bob was a member of the Central Valley Church and a respected member of the community.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Moore and Nancy Canaday and survived by his spouse Mary Canaday of Halsey, his two daughters Lisa of Lebanon and Lori of Vernon Connecticut and his son Tyler of Halsey, his two brothers Dean (Linda) of Tangent and Richard (Grace) of the Philippines and close friend of Carl Blasch of Corvallis.
There will be a celebration of life on March 9th.
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    Private Interment at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens
A celebration of life will be held on March 9, 2019. Details will be announced at a later date.


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Kathy Harwood (Johnson)

Posted at 02:58pm
Hi my name is Kathy Harwood (Johnson), I worked with Bob at White's Electronics along time ago he was a pleasure to work with. He was very patient and did everything he could to help you to learn and understand tasks. I always liked hearing stories about you and the kiddo's he just lit up when he told them. I'm sure your very proud of the man, husband & father Bob was. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Posted at 10:10am
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Jessie Carter

Posted at 09:04pm
My name is Jesse Carter. I worked with Bob for many years, enjoyed his work ethics and his personality. Always willing to help when you had a problem. He had a very dry sense of humor which made him fun to be around and a joy to work with. I guess you really don't know a person like you think you did until you read his obituary. He sounds like a very fine man all the things he did with his life that was unknown to us. I new he was a true family man as he spoke about you often. You must miss him terribly. Thank you for sharing his life, more than just working with him.
Your sincerely,
Jessie Carter
Retired Purchasing Manager
From Whites Electronics

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