In Memory

John Cancellare

John Cancellare

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08/01/16 12:29 AM #1    

Mary Stewart (Stewart)

John Phillip Cancellare was a member of a large Catholic family headed by by Anthony Cancellare, who frequently worked as a substute at Irvin. All of the Cancellare boys served in the Armed forces.  John was a Vietnam vet. He died on December 30, 1999. He was in my Englsh class with Miss Yates, where he kept us all laughing.  He was good at keeping the class distracted and frequently got us out of taking a test due to the uproariious laughter in the classroom. May he rest in peace.

08/01/16 11:25 AM #2    

Mary Yates (McGarr)


Thanks for remembering John Cancellare.  He was indeed a funny guy.  I still have a note he threw over the transom windows when I put him out in the hall for disturbing the class--remember when that was a viable option?

It says, "Mrs. Yates

             Mrs. Harlen is holding me prisioner [sic] here.  Please send HELP --Toni, Becky or any other fair


             Even you.



I'm not sure where Mrs. Harlen came into the picture unless she just happened to walk down the hall.

John kept us all in stitches, and he did it in a way that one couldn't get mad at him.  

Someone wrote in my yearbook that year, "Here's to the giggliest teacher I've ever had"--or something like that. Cancellare made me that way.

Looking forward to seeing you at the reunion.

Mary McGarr

08/02/16 02:42 PM #3    

Toni Ricciardelli (Sim)

Mary and Mary - Thanks for that memory of John Cancellare. I do remember that day in the class. I can't remember if it was the same day, don't think so, but I remember John trying to climb over that "transom" window (I never knew that's what they were called) he didn't quite make it because I think you (Mrs. Yates) was coming down the hall! Hilarious just the same. He always made me laugh and warmed my heart. May he rest in peace...Toni Ricciardelli

08/03/16 01:13 PM #4    

Jeanne Osgood (Creel)

Fond memories of John abound.  Mine go back to grade school where he, and many of his brothers and sisters, and I attended Blessed Sacrament.  Picture John and his antics among the nuns!  The last time I saw John was at our 30th class reunion in 1996, and to this day I regret not dancing with him when he asked me.  As I was leaving, I heard my name, turned, and he threw me a kiss.  Kathleen Moseley Justice and I did attend his funeral to pay our last respects.  Such a loss but what a joy to have known him. --Jeanne Osgood Creel

08/03/16 01:46 PM #5    

John Schmidt Jr.

Received this note that John Cancellare wrote Mary Yates (McGarr) back during our High School days.  Thanks Mary for keeping the note all these years, gives us a good idea on what a since of humor John had.




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