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Georgia Dean Wilkinson

I was saddened to hear of Aunt Elsie’s passing – she was always ready with a smile and just plain fun. I remember camping together and going on hiking adventures with Uncle Eugene and her – we were a ton of kids, and they led the parade. My parents, John and Eileen, adored Elsie – one of their favorite people and I'm sure there's a party going on in heaven now. My prayers are with the family.

Jane Bernier

So sorry to read of Elsie's passing-she taught me mah jong and so much more. We are thinking of you Gene and your entire family.

Linda Canal-Ahmed

I am announcing the passing of my dear Mother. She has made her transition and I believe she’s in a better place. Please rest, Mom. You cared for all of the family and friends all your life. And we love you more than words can express.

Julie Lyons

Like many of the Brooklyn born babies of the 1940s and 30s our patients generation, Aunt Elsie was a tough cookie, strong and kind. I admired her skill for playing mahjong. I also appreciated her knowledge for a clean camp site when we were up in Chinango State Park she taught me the value of boiling the water for clean up after our camp dinners! Using her skills as a public health sanitation to good use! Aunt Elsie you will be missed. My deepest condolences to my (favorite) Uncle Eugene 💝 and my cousins Betty, Billy and Linda and families.

Linda Canal-Ahmed

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Elsie was my best friend! We went to the fitness center 3 time a week for over 15 years. During our work outs we had many laughs, shared our dilemmas and our joys. We also had many memorable shopping excursions I will miss Elsie with all my heart I will especially miss her laugh


A wonderful Aunt with many fond memories from my childhood!

Georgia (Canal) Maklakiewicz

A Dear Sister-in-Law, counselor and friend especially during my teen years. Will miss that she is now not with us but know we will see each other again. Will continue to be in my prayers🙏

Margaret Schmitt Naughton

Two awesome memories. Canasta in Aunt Georgis's basement and trip to Minnesota.thanks for those memories.

Kathleen Dean

Elsie will be missed by many. So many great memories of spending time with her.

Elizabeth Ann Canal


Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Canal, 82, of Fernandina Beach passed away Saturday, August 6, 2022 at the Warner Center for Caring.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Mary Courtney Dean.

After raising four children, Mrs. Canal earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Stony Brook University. She retired as a Senior Public Health Sanitarian for Suffolk County, NY after a 20-year career. She was well respected by her professional colleagues and the Foodservice operators she interacted with through the years. In addition to her family life and career Mrs. Canal was a life-long reader and enjoyed puzzles of all kinds as well as playing cards, especially mahjong.

She and her husband, Gene, have made their home in Fernandina Beach for 27 years. Among her interests and activities in Fernandina Beach was her service as President of the Amelia Island Plantation Ladies Association.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Eugene F. Canal, III, a sister, Patricia Manning and a brother, Paul Dean.

She leaves behind her husband of nearly 64 years, Eugene F. Canal; her children, Elizabeth “Betty” Galligan and her husband, Mark, of Holbrook, NY, William Canal and his wife, Barbara, of Fernandina Beach and Linda Canal-Ahmed and her husband, Ayman, of Brooklyn, NY; a daughter in law, Kathy Canal of Bradenton, FL; two brothers, Thomas Dean and his wife, Marilyn, of Bellrose, NY and Joseph Dean of Pennsylvania, a sister, Kathleen Dean of Bellrose, NY as well as seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Mrs. Canal’s life is planned for later this year.

The family asks she be remembered by donations, in her name, to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.


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