February 14, 1930 - November 26, 2013

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Obituaries » MANUEL JR. CANAS

CANAS, MANUEL JR., passed away November 26. Manny was born in Montpelier, Feb. 14, 1930, the son of Manuel and Josephine (Diaz) Canas, of Montpelier, formerly of Spain. He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1947, Vermont Junior College, and following military service with the U.S. Army in the Korean War, received a degree from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Conn., and the Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Manny started his professional banking with the First National Bank of Montpelier as a cashier, then a loan officer, which later merged with the Chittenden Trust Co. During this time, he took all of the American Institute of Banking courses available and received a standard certificate. He also became involved in local politics. He became an alderman from Ward 2 at age 24; president, Board of Aldermen; chairman, Airport Commission; Planning Commission member; chairman, Board of Civil Authority; director, Montpelier Chamber of Commerce. On Oct. 5, 1957, he married Dorothy Nilsson in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. They lived in Montpelier. He was elected mayor of the city of Montpelier from 1963 to 1966. His community service also included director and treasurer of the Central VT Economic Development Corp.; board member and treasurer of the United Way of Washington County; director of the Washington County Railroad Corp.; board member and development committee of Montpelier on the Move (MOM); coach, Montpelier Little League; and member of the Montpelier High School advisory committee. Manny was a lifelong member of St. Augustine Church, where he served as a member of the finance committee, chairman of St. Michael’s board, and an usher. He was awarded the Jaycee Distinguished Young Men Service Award, from both the city of Montpelier and the state of Vermont. Leaving Montpelier in 1966 to become an assistant vice president of the City National Bank of Waterbury, Conn., then in 1972, he became a senior banking executive with the Hartford National Bank in branch administration. While in Connecticut, he continued his community service. In 1976, he moved back to Montpelier to serve as regional vice president of the Vermont National Bank until 1987, when he became an executive officer with the First National Bank of Vermont until his retirement. As always, Manny became involved in community service, serving as director and treasurer of the Central VT Economic Development Corp. and Central VT Investment Corp.; a member of the Montpelier War Memorial Committee; and a member of the American Legion Post 3. He enjoyed attending sporting events of his grandchildren and alma mater, Montpelier High School. He was an avid New York Yankees and New England Patriots fan. Manny is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy; two sons, Gregory Canas and wife, Karen, and Michael Canas and wife, Karen; one daughter, Victoria Boudreault, and husband, Gilles; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; one sister, Josephine Cash, and husband, Ed, who recently passed away; one brother, Jose Canas, and wife, Rita; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

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