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Gary Canada

March 7, 1946 –
 September 15, 2022


Benbrook, Texas- Gary Canada passed away in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday, September 15th at 11:03 pm with his family by his side. He was 76 years old. Gary aka (Poppy) was born March 7, 1946, in Ada, Oklahoma. Upon graduating high school, he joined the Air Force. He married the love of his life, Sharon, and together they raised a beautiful family. He served in the United States Air Force for twenty years as an avionics technician. Gary retired from the Air Force in 1987 and settled down in Benbrook TX.

He went on to build fighter jets for General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin and eventually retired from there. He was a family man. His favorite thing to do was spend quality time with his family. He enjoyed fishing, camping, and attending his family’s activities.

On Sundays during football season, you could always count on him watching his favorite football team the Dallas Cowboys. A few of his hobbies included estate sale shopping, coin collecting, watching college football games, and enjoying some sweet treats here and there.

He was preceded in death by his Father Cecil T. Canada; his mother Esther Canada; brother Mike Canada; and his daughter Jacquelyn P. Mills. He was survived by his wife Sharon. His sister Sue and husband Don Kaiser of Ada Ok. His daughter Sarah Canada and husband Kenneth Allen of Benbrook Tx, daughter Mellanie and husband Skip Madara of Fort Worth Tx, daughter Steffanie and husband Andy Hayes of Azle TX; daughter Kimberlye Canada of Shawnee OK. Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren which includes all of the following.  Kristin and Patrick Uzee of Benbrook Tx, Amanda and husband Greg Jackson of Benbrook, Tyler Madara, Tanner Madara, Wyatt Hayes, Cody Allen, Joshua Mills, Mathew Mills,  Madison Canada, Kloe Jackson, Elijah Jackson, Boston Baker, Brayden Baker, Tyler Keffer and his wife Phoenix of Tecumseh OK, Ashley Keffer, Ashtyn Keffer, Dominic Keffer, and Kerrigan Hess. This also includes nephews, nieces, and many cousins.

Visitation services will be held from 4-6 pm on Thursday, September 29th at Aria Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at 11 am on Friday, September the 30th at Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home located at 1820 N. Belt Line Rd. Directly following the funeral there will be a private graveside for the family at the Dallas National Cemetery at 2 pm.

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14 Thoughts on Gary Canada
    Colletta Crooks
    23 Sep 2022

    Condolences and love to all.

    Jen Zimmerman
    23 Sep 2022

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May he smile down on you during your time of sorrow.

    23 Sep 2022

    We are so sorry to hear of Gary’s death. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. We will always remember him being so supportive of his children in softball. May the angles take him back home and May God give you peace and strength at this time. Love you all,
    Tony and Lucy

    E. Jane Hix
    23 Sep 2022

    My condolences to the family. May his memories be a blessing and give strength to all during this time of grieving.

    E. Jane Hix

    Brittany Barnhill
    23 Sep 2022

    You’re family is in my thoughts and prayers! Thank you guys for being such a big part of my softball life and so many great memories! ♥️

    Brian Lisa davis
    23 Sep 2022

    So sorry for your loss Sharon. Our heart goes out to you today and every day yo come. We love you.
    Brian and Lisa Davis.

    Sandy Francks
    23 Sep 2022

    Mellanie and family. We are so sorry for your loss.
    Prayers of strength and healing.

    Sandy and Brian Francks

    Richard B Marts
    24 Sep 2022

    Sharon and girls,
    I’m so very sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. It seems like only yesterday we were neighbors in Hawaii and enjoying life! It’s hard to believe that it has been 40 years or so now. I thought him to be a very nice person and always enjoyed our Tuesday nights bowling together. Keep each other close and cherish all the memories of your father as you had one of the best! GOD Bless each of you and GIRLS be sure to look after your mother. Love to you all.

    24 Sep 2022

    Sharon and the family we’re so sorry for your loss.
    Prayers for you all. Gray was such a kind person always smiling. Prayers and hugs love you.
    Mike & Jamie

    Susann Canada McDaniel
    25 Sep 2022

    I loved my cousin, Gary. We spent summers together while he worked for my dad in the hay field.

    Douglas Schuler
    27 Sep 2022

    I’m deeply sorry to hear of Gary’s passing.I thought very much of him.He was very thoughtful and cheerful, and loved by all .rip Gary.

    Marsha Dorough
    28 Sep 2022

    My deepest sympathies

    Judy Hix Abercrombie
    29 Sep 2022

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that I am praying that the Lord will surround you with peace and comfort.


    Kym French
    30 Sep 2022

    So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family and may God surround you and give you strength and peace during this time.

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