Nicholas Ulisse Canale III, 54, of Fernandina Beach died January 27, 2018 in his home. He was born in Glens Falls, New York to the late Nicholas Canale Jr. and the late Donna Berry. He was a high school graduate who joined the US Army as a Cavalry Scout immediately after high school. He served in the Army’s famed Big Red One Infantry division in Germany and then went to Fort Carson, Colorado.
After marrying his beloved wife Sherry Lynn Canale of Bethlehem, PA he left the US Army in 1984 and relocated to Fernandina Beach, Florida. During the first Gulf War he worked in Saudi Arabia with DynCorp defense contractors. After returning from overseas he worked for Blount Island, The Ritz-Carlton and most notably owned his own painting and contracting business Canale’s Custom Coatings for many years. As a member of the American Legion in Fernandina, he served as the chaplain, vice commander, and commander. He was also a very active member and served as the president of the VFW men’s auxiliary.
He and his wife of 33 years, Sherry, tragically passed away together. He leaves behind his son Tyler Davidson and his wife Laura of Fernandina Beach; his son Nicholas Canale and his wife Danielle of Fort Drum, NY; his sister Loretta Maxwell of Fernandina Beach; brother Earl Canale and his wife Jenny of Queensberry, NY. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren; Kyle, Bradley, Lillian, Nicole, Lylah, Victoria and Charles. He was preceded in death by his dad Nicholas Canale Jr, mom Donna Lee Berry, and two sisters Sheila Love and April Canale. He leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Journey Church in Fernandina Beach on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 11:00 am with Pastor Rick Lee presiding.
A reception with the family will immediately follow. A graveside funeral service will be private and held at a different time.