George Canvasser

Times Colonist April 21, 2009

Birth: April 8, 1919 Detroit, Michigan

Death: April 19, 2009 (aged 90) Las Vegas, Nevada

Gravesite Details: South 74

George Canvasser, of Las Vegas, passed away April 19, 2009, at the age of 90. He was born in Detroit 8 April 1919, the son of the late Benjamin and Ethel Canvasser. m. 1st Jeannie. He was survived by his adoring wife, Ruth, of 53 years; son, Todd; daughter, Joyce; and granddaughters, Jessica and Alison, survive him. George graduated from the Lawrence Technical University and received a degree in mechanical engineering. He also attended Notre Dame University as a midshipman and was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy. During World War II, he was captain of an LST (Landing Ship Tank) and saw service in the Pacific. The large scale building projects he was associated with as a resident mechanical engineer and licensed registered professional engineer in New York included the American Express Corporate Headquarters, expansion of the New York University Medical Center, the Lincoln Medical Center, and several pavilions built for the 1964 World Fair. Other projects included consultant to the Wilmington Medical Center in Wilmington, Del., U.S. Air Force Engine Test Cell Facility in Tullahoma, Tenn., expansion of the airport facilities at LAX, Los Angeles, and most recently, the construction of the underground subway Metro Rail System in Los Angeles. He also was proprietor of Allied Millwork on 10 Mile in Warren Michigan in the 1940’s and 1950’s. George retired to Sun City Summerlin, where he worshiped with his wife, Ruth, at Knesset Bamidbar and was a member of the Properties Committee, the Architectural Review Committee and the Jewish War Veterans Post 21. King David Memorial Chapel is handling the funeral arrangements in Las Vegas. Burial services will take place Wednesday, April 22, at the Congregation Emanu-El Jewish Cemetery in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Nathan Adelson Hospice Buffalo Facility, who were so caring and helpful during such a difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations made to a charity of your choice would be appreciated

Benjamin Canvasser 1890-1966
Ethel Klausnik Canvasser 1890-1981

Ruth Canvasser

Todd Canvasser
Joyce Canvasser

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