Thomas J. Canavan RUTLAND — Thomas J. Canavan, 94, of Rutland, Vermont, died due to complications from COVID-19, on Nov. 22, 2020, in Rutland Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. He was born April 29, 1926, in West Rutland, Vermont, the son of Herbert J. and Caroline (Gruna) Canavan. Mr. Canavan married Mary (Vitagliano) Canavan on Dec. 28, 1946, at St. Peter Church in Rutland, Vermont. He worked at the Howe Richardson Scale Co. for 35 years until they closed in 1982. He then worked at Himoline Plastics and finally, at General Electric until his retirement in 1991. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS San Saba on transport missions to the Marshall Islands. He was a member of the American Legion Post 31 of Rutland. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, reading, home repair and remodeling, and dancing on Saturday nights with his wife at the American Legion. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, who enjoyed his great sense of humor and quick wit. Survivors include his children, Mary Ann Fairbanks and husband Ronald, Elaine LaRose and husband Charles, Thomas E. Canavan and companion Helen Lewis, all of Rutland, and Debbie Holmes and husband Mark of Clarendon Springs, Vermont; grandchildren, Ronna McPhee, Charity Fairbanks, Jason Fairbanks, Chuck LaRose, Kiernan Canavan, Michael Holmes and Maxwell Holmes; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Irene Quirk; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his loving wife of 66 years; sisters, Theresa Johnson, Mary Ann Dumond, Anna Canavan; a brother, Edward Canavan; and Rat the Cat. A private graveside funeral service was held in Calvary Cemetery. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post 31 of Rutland. Ron Fairbanks sounded taps and presented the flag. Memorial contributions can be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763. Arrangements were by Tossing Funeral Home.

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Elaine and family...I am so sorry for the loss of your loving 'Dad'. His memories are the legacy of love. You're in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Mr. Canavan...God Bless. joni


We are very sorry for your loss. He is in a much better place with the Lord!

Bob Williamson

I am so sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. Ma you be comforted by many happy memories.

Bob Williamson


Deb & Family, Sorry to learn of your father’s passing. Even though you could not be with him physically. I believe your Dad must have known how much you all loved him and that must have given him comfort and reassurance.

Dave Colburn


Dear Mary Ann, Elaine, Tom and Debbie,

We are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Tom was a kind and patient man who with your lively Mother made the neighbor a wonderful place to grow up in. Now, they are reunited again and at peace. May you find strength and comfort during this sad and difficult time.

With Our Deepest Sympathy,

Louie and Mary Giancola

South Burlington, VT


My condolences go out to the Canavan Family.

I got to know Tom when I was delivering Meals to him. I quickly got to know about his wisdom and humor. Got to tell you all that he was one of my favorites.

My wife and I want to let you know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Steve and Marie Marro

Jim Pallutto Sr

My wife, Marjory, and I offer our condolences to the Canavan familiy.

It's been years and years, but I still recall how well he danced, especially some of the quicker ones at the legion and, I think, the Moose.

May God bless and keep you all safe.

Judy M

Maryann and Family, Sincere condolences to all. It's so heartbreaking to lose a loved one but not being able to say goodbye is an unimaginable, painful loss! May you gather together and share your memories of the times spent with him and your Mom.

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