June 30, 1948 ~ February 24, 2009

Born in: White Plains, NY,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

James Vincent Canty, of Asheville, died Tuesday, February 24, 2009. A native of White Plains, NY, Mr. Canty was a graduate of Milford Academy, Milford, CT, and Central Methodist College. Mr. Canty's professional career included counseling in mental health and social work with children, adults, and family services. As an ordained minister, the joy of his life was contributing to the spiritual needs of his beloved family, friends and community. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife Deirdre; daughters Nicole, Azur/d, and Tiffany; grandchildren Aaron, Alexandria, Tyrese, Roman, Imani, and Kenedi, of Missouri; mother-in-law Mildred Wiggins, brothers-in-law, Vernon Jr. and Roger; sister-in-law, Pamela Telford and husband David; nieces, Paige Byrd and Danielle Telford; close friends, Charles Bentley and Vern Gaskins of New Haven, CT and Mark Brewer of Hickory, NC. Funeral services for Mr. Canty will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Violet Hill Cemetery. The register may be signed from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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  1. Deirdre, Nicole, Azur/d and Tiffany, you have my deepest sympathy. Through the years I have enjoy the many hours I spent in conversation with my cousin Butch. I will miss him. He was a gentle gaint. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Remember God is in control, he never makes a mistake. I love all of you.

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  2. Jim made such an impact at Emma not only with Anthony, but many other children and teachers. He touched my life and those of my students. He was a very special man. God bless all that remain and remember his words and kindness! Susan, Kindergarten Teacher Emma

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  3. Deidre,

    Tommy and I are truly sorry for the loss of your husband. May you always be comforted by all of the good times and memories of his life’s journeys.
    De, please know that you are my friend and co-worker at UNCA, so do not hesitate to call me at anytime.
    Your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless,
    Tommy & Linda Rhymes

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  4. Deirdre,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Cindy

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  5. Deirdre, we mourn the loss of your Jim with you. His enlightening conversation made me eager to hear more the first time I was blessed to met him. I am sure there will be animated discussions on high! ‘Life and death are one as the river and sea are one. What is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? When you reach the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb.’-Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet…Kahlil and I are here for you during this difficult time and always. The Lord’s and our love surrounds you.

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  6. To my loving father. Words can not express how I feel since you have left us. Every day is different, some days are filled with beautiful memories of are family and some are filled with regret and grief. You will never be forgotten and even though you are not physically here with us anymore, your spirit and your love for us will last until we will meet again. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, I love you always and forever your daughter Tiffany

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  7. Dear De,
    I am so sorry for your loss, and know that if there is anything I can do please, do not hesitate to let me know. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love and Prayers,
    Beth

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  8. Deidre and Family,

    We are so saddened in hearing of Jim’s passing. We will keep you and your family in our prayers in the days and weeks to come knowing that God’s comfort will help you through this difficult time.

    With Love Always,

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  9. This is to a big man with a big Heart…..who will be greatly missed , your friend who knows you have went to a better place, Russell. No more pain.

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  10. To Deidra and family, we are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Words can’t express how you feel, but we know that God IS a comforter, and can give you peace that surpasses all understanding. Know that God will never leave you nor forsake you. He is a present help in the time of need, so cast all your cares upon him, for he cares for you.
    With much love and heart felt feelings,

    Pauline Logan & Family

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  11. Dierdre. It’s been a few years and today I just found out that Butch died. I turned it over to the Lord today. It’s 2012 and he was my brother. Call me at 804-739-5507. I hope you remember Val and me when you and butch visited a few years ago. God bless you all

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  12. Deirdre: We just learned that ‘Butch’ died in ’09. I wished we could have shared that moment with you and your family. I had you all on my mind last week and decided to look you up and to my surprise. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family that God will continue to bless each of you. Please email me your address, etc. and let us know how you are doing. Much love.

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