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John R. Canfield

January 17, 1943 ~ April 20, 2019 (age 76)


John R. Canfield “Oshie,” 76, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Our Lady of Mercy in Guilderland.

Born on January 17, 1943, he was the son of Francis and Beatrice (Bender) Canfield.  John grew up in Albany and was a 1961 graduate of Vincentian Institute. 

He was a 1966 graduate of the New York State Police Academy, ultimately ranking as Sergeant. During his career, he proudly served as President of the Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers. President from 1980-1993, he was the longest serving President in the 76 year history of the PBA.  John’s time at the PBA was followed by serving the NYS Department of Labor as Inspector General.

While John loved to visit Broadway and to relax at Paradox Lake, he loved nothing more than sitting in his chair at home, listening to talk radio, surrounded by newspapers and his family.

John is pre-deceased by his wife Caryl (2008) and his brother Robert (2017.)

A loving father and grandfather he is survived by his children: Jessica (Joshua) Herberger, Courtney (Michael) Pelella, and John M. Canfield, as well as his five grandchildren: Maxson, Elise, Finley, Katie, and Barrett and dog Thorston.  He leaves behind many loyal friends including family friend Nicole Robilotto.

Funeral services will be held at 10am Thursday, April 25 at Cannon Funeral Home, LLC., 2020 Central Ave, Albany, NY.  Pastor Paul Beck will officiate. Private burial will be at Albany Rural Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm Wednesday, April 24 at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Brave Will Foundation at

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April 24, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cannon Funeral Home
2020 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12205

Funeral Service
April 25, 2019

10:00 AM
Cannon Funeral Home
2020 Central Ave
Albany, NY 12205

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