In Memory

Ed J. Canell - Class Of 1961

Edward "Ed" Joseph Canell passed away on Saturday night, September 3rd.  He was 68 years of age.

Ed had been battling with cancer for a year and had been undergoing treatments for some time.  According to his son, Joseph, Ed passed away comfortably at 8:30pm in his home in Sophia, North Carolina, and was surrounded by people who loved him.

Here is the information for Ed's Memorial Service:

  • Place:  Mt Calvary Baptist Church, 6551 Weant Rd, Archdale, NC
  • Date and Time:  September 10, 2011 (Saturday) at 11AM
  • The family has requested that no flowers be sent, but that donations may be made in Ed Canell's name to: Mount Calvary Christian School, 6551 Weant Rd, Archdale, NC 27263


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09/05/11 11:37 AM #1    

Phyllis Aylor (Larson) (1970)


I want to "Thank You" for being my best buddy when it came to posting on the Zama Website all these years. This past year I discovered FB and checked in there. The other day, I went to the Zama Website for whatever reason to check out some of your posts. Nostalgia...I guess it was or perhaps somehow I knew something was up...either way. I will miss you dearly my friend. I am just sorry we never met in person. Someday...we will. A Heavenly Zama Reunion perhaps. :) Until then I bid you a wonderful journey through the mysteries of life and passing. You were An Earth Angel and Now My Friend You Are a Guardian Angel.

God Bless You and Your Family And To Your Family I Say To Them Through Them Your Legacy Lives On. You Were and Are A Unique Kind of Spirit...One of a Kind. Thank you for your time and love you showed all of us. You will be missed and your spirit will continue to live on within us all.

09/05/11 03:46 PM #2    

Ed Heinricks Case (Ed Case) (1962)

I last saw Eddie during our last reunion.  And it was only a few days ago that I was thinking about him.  He was a distinct character at our school and remained so even though I only saw him at the reunions.  When ever we talked he always mentioned his wife and sons with a tone of pride in his voice. 

What a bummer.  Eddie will be missed.  My heart goes out to his loved ones.  A salute to you sailor.


09/10/11 08:20 PM #3    

George Mosier (1971)

Ed - I'm gonna miss our little chats at the reunions.  Rest in peace, big guy.

09/18/11 02:46 PM #4    

Ladonna Jackson (Robson) (1961)

Eddie was my neighbor in Zama and the class free spirit. I was friends with sister Patsy so saw that silly crooked grin frequently. Ed was the one who tracked me down for the ZAA. I am so grateful.  I saw him at several reunions in Vegas and had the opportunity to go to Japan with him where we had several long chats.  Thank you Ed not only for your frienship through the years but for your service to our country and the ZAA. I just got a long note from Pat so I know how much Pat and the other sisters will miss you. I know you adored your family and I am sure they adore you. Rest in peace my friend.


Ladonna Jackson Robson

12/28/11 03:43 PM #5    

John Bishop (1982)

Ed graduated from ZHS in 1961.  I graduated from ZHS in 1982.  Twenty-one years seems like a huge gap, but when I met Ed and his cohorts at the San Diego reunion, there just didn't feel like there was a huge difference in age.  Ed and his gang hung out with us younguns like we were all from the same class.  My fondest memory of that reunion was when we made a beer run with these guys and needed the hotel to lend us one of their luggage trolleys so that we could haul all the booze up to the hospitality room!

From that reunion on, I seeked out Ed to saddle up to the bar with him for at least one drink and to chat a bit.  As everyone knows, Ed's rough exterior belied his gentle nature.  He spoke often of his family and you could tell that his family was everything to him. 

I will miss my friend, Ed.  I will saddle up to the bar at the next reunion in San Francisco and will have at least one drink to his memory.

01/08/19 08:48 PM #6    

Lance Stanley (1978)

John Bishop really summed up of how us late 70's and early 80's grads felt about Ed. Miss you rascal.

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