James F. Canalichio - 76 Camden-Wyoming
With heavy hearts, and no small sense of relief at the end to his suffering the cruel indignities of ALS, we regret to announce the death of our beloved father and husband, James Francis Canalichio, who, shortly after celebrating his 76th birthday, has concluded this earthly journey and returned his spirit to the bosom of the Lord. His final hours were spent in the comfort of home, among family, and in the care of many dedicated healthcare professionals, to whom we are deeply indebted.
Jim was born January 4, 1945, the eldest son of Nunzio and Amelia. Throughout his upbringing in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, he was a devoted older brother to seven siblings. In January 1967, he married Kathleen, and they made a home in the Drexel Hill suburbs of Philadelphia. Later that year, James Charles was born. As a young husband and father, Jim served in the Army Reserves stateside during Viet Nam, worked his way through night school at Saint Joseph’s University as a manager at the A&P, finished his Master’s Degree, and took a job as an accountant at a family business in the manufacturing industry called Dixon. He excelled in his career, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues, proving instrumental in Dixon’s growth into a global company, and retiring as VP and CFO after more than 40 years of service. As his accomplishments in business grew, so did his family. In 1971, Beth Ann was born, and ten years later, Thomas. By then, Jim had moved his family to Dover, Delaware, where he became dedicated to serving his community, and church. In all he did, he endeavoured to embody the values of service and faith, dedicated to the betterment of our surroundings and uplifting those around us. He will be remembered by all as a loving husband and father, a gracious mentor and role model, humble, generous, caring, and kind. To put it simply, he may have been the best person many of us will ever know, and we shall never see his like again.
Jim is survived by his spouse of 53 years, Kathleen Elizabeth, his children, James Charles, Beth Ann, and Thomas, and their spouses, Dawn, Nick R. Alessandro, and Jenny Kathleen Erickson, as well as his grandchildren, Kaitlin Marie, Anna Grace, and Rocco James Alessandro.
A Funeral Mass is to be offered Friday, January 8, 12 PM at Holy Cross Church, respecting public health precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a private burial to follow. Video of the service is available here. https://youtu.be/kw7L38yEe7I
In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage you to donate to the Philadelphia chapter of the ALS association (webpa.alsa.org), the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg (setonshrine.org), or to a charity of your choice in his name.
Condolences and memories can be shared via www.ambruso.com. Arrangements by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc. Dover, DE