Kenneth Blakeman Canfield
Kenneth Blakeman Canfield, age 93, of Southbury, passed away at home on July 22. Born August 28, 1927, and raised in Monroe, Conn., he attended Monroe school and later went on to attend Bullard Havens for Mechanics. In 1948, he started Canfield Construction & Landscaping, a legacy company that has served his hometown for the last 72 years.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, John and Ethel (Blakeman) Canfield, and his brother, Charles Canfield, of Monroe.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 33 years, Anita Canfield. He was the proud father of six children, Richard Jackson of Southbury, Clifford Canfield (Diana) of Danbury, Richard Canfield (Angie) of Monroe, Susan Kerigan of Monroe, Nancy Cardinale (Ken Serke) of Sandy Hook, and Lori Traisci (Mark Locorotondo) of Botsford; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren (two due in August); and several nieces and nephews.
He was involved with Boy Scout Troop 63 for many years. Ken was a member of the New England race association and drove the number 33 car on Saturday nights at Danbury Race Arena. In his younger years, he enjoyed snow skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, working on his race car, restoring his grandfather’s house, antiquing, flea markets, and equipment auctions. He spent winters at his home in Florida and enjoyed summers at the lake house waterskiing. Ken was always trying to get six skiers up at a time! He took trips to Australia and Alaska, and spent his free time traveling across country, camping in his motor home that had a spare tire cover that read “Spending my children’s inheritance — on the road again!”
In his later years, Ken enjoyed spending time organizing his treasures that he collected over his lifetime in his addition dubbed the “Garage Mahal,” all of which he will be taking with him to the other side. He was Dale Earnhardt’s number one fan — a diehard Chevy lover — he was the heartbeat of our family.
He cherished his children, grandchildren, and very dear friends. He especially cherished his loving wife, Anita, who took such wonderful care of him.
The family would like to thank Kathy, his palliative care nurse; Maureen, his physical therapist; and Dr Holloway for helping to care for him over the last year.
Friends may call Sunday, August 1, from 2 to 5 pm in the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown. A graveside service will take place Monday, August 2, at 10 am at the Newtown Village Cemetery, 22 Elm Drive, Newtown.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Southbury Ambulance Association, 68 Georges Hill Road, Southbury CT 06488 (southburyambulance.org/donations) will be appreciated.