Francis Robert (James) Canova

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Also known as Frank

Was born on 27 JUN 1891 in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Died on 24 SEP 1978 in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Retired about 1956 in Wilmington Delaware. Was buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Green Cove Springs, Florida.
Francis Robert (James) Canova
As a boy, Frank was immediately attracted to the printing industry. He helped set type by hand for the local newspaper in Green Cove Springs, Florida where he was born. The lye used to clean the type however started eating at his hands, so he asked for a raise which was refused. It was a moment which bootstrapped his career and he left Green Cove Springs to work elsewhere. He moved around the country, taking various printing and advertising jobs and boasted that he never was without work a day in his life. He reveled in the knowledge that this quest to stay employed, even during the great depression, allowed him to see all 50 states. He eventually settled in Wilmington, Delaware with his first wife Agnes and son Jude. Here, he gathered a pashion for woodworking and passed this love to his sons. At the end of his printing career, Frank retired from Hercules Powder Company and returned to his roots in Green Cove Springs with his second wife Antonica and new son Frank Jr.

Obituary on September 28, 1978 reads:

CANOVA: Frank J. Canova, passed away Sunday. A native of GCS he lived at 725 Myrtle Ave. and was 87 years of age. He was retired from the printing and advertising business of Hercules Inc. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A member of the first Clay County Public Library Board he was also a charter member of the Clay County Historical Society.

Survivors include his wife Antonica, his two sons, Jude of New York City, and Frank Jr. of Boca Raton, two sisters, Mrs Belle Lazette of GCS, Mrs. Sidney Anderson of Gainesville, Fla., two grandsons.

The Rosary was held in the Helm Funeral Home Chapel at 7:00 Monday and services were in Sacred Heart church at 10:00 am Tuesday with Fr. Luke McLaughlin officiating.

Pallbearers were Bob Kerr, John Piatek, Phil Puhl, Gerald Guswiler, Frank Szortyka, and John Halligan.

Interment was in Hickory Grove Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions to the Memorial Fund of Clay Memorial Hospital or to Sacred Heart Church.

The family photo included here was taken apx 1957 is that of Frank Sr., Jude, Frank Jr., and Antonica.
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