Francis Robert (James) Canova

Francis Robert (James) Canova

Jude Thaddeus CanovaJude Thaddeus Canova

Francis James Canova, JrFrancis James Canova, Jr

 Raphael (Rafael) Bartolome CanovaRaphael (Rafael) Bartolome Canova
 Philip J. CanovaPhilip J. Canova 
  Germana Susana (Susan) WeedmanGermana Susana (Susan) Weedman
 Francis Robert (James) CanovaFrancis Robert (James) Canova 
birt: 27 JUN 1891
plac: Green Cove Springs, Florida
deat: 24 SEP 1978
plac: Green Cove Springs, Florida

Agnes TowsonAgnes Towson
marr: 31 MAY 1926
birt: 4 APR 1903
deat: 27 OCT 1954

Antonica Usina FairbanksAntonica Usina Fairbanks
marr: 19 NOV 1955
plac: Morton, PA
birt: 22 MAR 1915
plac: West Springfield, Mass
deat: 26 FEB 2015
plac: At 5:04PM in Fremont, California, USA
  John Christopher BrownJohn Christopher Brown
 Frances Jeanette BrownFrances Jeanette Brown 
 Matilda Adeline HaskinsMatilda Adeline Haskins



Also known as: Frank

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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