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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Stephen's Catholic Church
Friday November 12th, 2021

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Christopher John Canfield

Christopher John Canfield, 49, of Cortlandt Manor, NY, and formerly of Marathon, NY, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020, following a brief illness.

Born in Ithaca, NY, on April 10, 1971, Chris was the son of Ralph and Patricia Keene Canfield. He was a parishioner of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church of the Catholic Community of St. Stephen’s/St. Patrick’s. A 1989 graduate of Marathon Central School, he was also a 1993 graduate of Alfred State University where he received duel Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology and Environmental Studies. He was a proud member of the Alpha Chi Rho Tau Phi Fraternity and had been employed by IBM, Fishkill, NY, for the past 18 years. Chris had many passions, which included books, the New York Yankees, and music.

In addition to his parents, Ralph and Patricia Canfield, he is survived by his brother, Corey (Kristin) Canfield, his sister, Amanda (Pedro) Canfield Silva; and his maternal grandmother, Valaire Jean Mayer. He also leaves behind his uncles, Thomas and Gary Canfield; his aunts, Emma (Fred) Walker Canfield, Susan J. Canfield, Margaret Wheaton, Shelly (Don) Warnow, and Wendy Means; his nieces and nephews: Arianna, Breyden, Caralia, Cooper, Kassidy, and Colton, who was born on his birthday, and many cousins, extended family and friends.

He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Ralph and Emma Bevis Canfield, Sr. and a cousin, Jaime Canfield.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Marathon, NY, on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Corey VanKuren, celebrant. Private burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Richford, NY. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Chris may be directed to ASPCA, 879 McLean Road, Cortland, NY 13045, in memory of his beloved dog Kacie, or to the Peck Memorial Library, P.O. Box 325, Marathon, NY 13803.

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Dear Canfield family:
Im so very sorry for the loss of Chris. His death was a shock and it has taken me some time to put my thoughts together. I worked with Chris at Greggs I believe the summer after his senior year. He was always smiling, happy, eager to help, and had a great laugh. He was easy to work with and didnt push my buttons as some others were apt to do for their own entertainment. In retrospect, I wish I had appreciated his friendship more. Our lives diverged after that summer and didnt intersect again. We re-connected recently on Facebook, but only in a superficial way. I wish we had taken the time to check in with each other and learn what the other was up to. Its a regret Ill always have. Ill remember Chris and our time working together as happy days. Until we meet again, my friend. Kelly Tillotson AKA Toots (He called me that at work and he was such a genuinely good guy that it never riled up my inner feminist. )

Kelly Tillotson Jun 17 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Christopher Canfield

Karen Williams May 31 2020 12:00 AM

I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know Chris while working at Gregg's Big M. We often worked same shifts. I loved his sense of humor, kind heart and boisterous laugh. It really wasn't work when we were on the clock. We hunkered down got the job done and made the job fun. Time flew by fast...and equally blessed to have known him. I had always hoped our paths would cross again. I am sure some day on the other side. Thank you for the honor and privilege of knowing you. You will be missed.

Heather Blythe Galvin May 26 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Pat and Ralph and family,

I was so,so sad to read of your son's death. I know all too well the pain and sorrow of the loss of one's child. It is not the expected order of life to have your precious child die before you but it happens to some of us. All we can do is endure the bad days and remember with love and pride the good times. I remember once riding on a school bus back from some field trip when Amanda and my son, Daniel were in school. We were discussing a recent basketball game that Marathon had lost. Amanda said "If they had put my brother, Chris, in the game, they would have won." She had such faith in her big brother she was sure he could have saved the day! I know there will be a big hole in all your lives from now on. Trust in your God and know you will see your beloved son again someday.

Jean Hansen May 25 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Christopher Canfield

Terrie and Don May 24 2020 12:00 AM

So much of what I've experienced, you introduced to me. All I've been able to do is keep running the flashback reel of memories we had growing up. There were so many good ones, I haven't had any duplicates yet. Be at peace now. Not only will you not be forgotten, you can't be.

Casey May 24 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Christopher Canfield

pattycafe@yahoo.com May 24 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Chris,
You were my first nephew. We spent a lot of time together when you were little. The endless games of Trouble and playing hide and seek. You loved it when grandma Jean, Aunt Wendy and I would come to see you after school. You were an absolute joyful child. It was an honor to watch you grow into a fine man who had a heart of gold. You always made your family members feel so special when you were with us. I was so very proud to watch you graduate from high school and then from Alfred. You worked very hard for your degrees. I will miss your beautiful smile and your wonderful laugh. You faced your struggles in life with grace. Always know how very much you were loved and appreciated. Until we meet again, enjoy your well-deserved rest in Jesus' arms. Don't let Jaime K. wear you out! I can only imagine the joy when you were reunited with Poppy and Grandma Emma. Please tell Poppy Wheaton that I miss him everyday.
Love you forever and I will miss you far longer,
Aunt Shell

Shelley Warnow May 24 2020 12:00 AM

Pat , Ralph, Corey and Amanda,
Chris was such a nice guy! So many memories of him when he was younger. I am literally in shock over reading this ! May God be with you all, you are all in my prayers. Much love

Jill & Ralph May 23 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Christopher Canfield

Jill & Ralph May 23 2020 12:00 AM

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