Cann, Arthur 'Elgin'

Elgin Cann passed away at his home on Old Mail Road in Meaford on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the age of 87.

Born on December 30th, 1933 in Meaford, ON, Elgin was the youngest son of the late Morris and Hannah (nee Patterson) Cann. He was predeceased by his 8 siblings; Jesse, Mary, Vi, Wilma, Verna, Blanche, Reg, and Irene.

Elgin will be dearly missed and forever loved by his wife of 65 years, Marlene (nee Hay) Cann.

He was the loved father of Wendy Cann (Gord), Sandra Cann, Brenda Murray (late Keith), and Todd Cann (Cheryl).

He will be remembered fondly by his grandchildren; Cassie (Matt), Elicia (Cam), Dylan, and Carter.

Elgin was a part of the agriculture industry his whole life. He started with apple orchards, and then moved to beef cattle, then settling in to run the dairy farm. He was born and raised on the Old Mail Road, where he would later settle on his own farm with his wife to raise their four children. While busy with the farm, the family always made time to visit their cottage in Shawanaga where many memories were made.

A collection of trophies from his time bowling in Thornbury adorn the shelves. Elgin always loved the social aspect of getting off the farm, and spent a lot of time on the curling sheet as well. When at home, he loved his scratch tickets and was uniquely lucky with them. He and Marlene would pass time playing Yahtzee, exercising their competitive sides. His evenings often looked the same: a rum and coke, and an evening drive to check on the neighbourhood, either in his beloved RTV, or with Marlene as the driver.

To his final year, he loved to get out and work the fields in his Massey tractor. He loved all aspects of rural life. He bred and raised Belgians, and broke horses to drive in the buggy. He did some carpentry work, and each of his kids still have pieces that he crafted in their homes. Elgin also got out nearly every year to hunt his land, and to gather for the social hour as dusk set in.

A private family graveside service will be conducted at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or Residential Hospice Grey Bruce ‘Chapman House’ would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.  www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

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A private family graveside service will be conducted at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or Residential Hospice Grey Bruce ‘Chapman House’
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Brooke Schultz
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Thinking of the Cann family. I know he will be missed.
    Brooke Schultz

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  2. Joan and Al Smith
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Al and I would like to extend our condolences to the Cann family. Cherish the good memories of a life well lived.

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  3. Gary & Sharon Long
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Marlene, Wendy, Sandra, Brenda & Todd & families – Sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. He was a great man and will be missed by many. Cherish your memories to help you get through this sad time. Gary, Sharon Long and family

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  4. Pat Logan
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Uncle Elgin. Thinking of you all at this time . Will always remember his laugh and when I was visiting Mom he always recognized my voice on the phone Love to you All. Patsy

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  5. Coreen Clarke
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Marlene and family. So sorry to learn the sad news of Elgin’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Hopefully your memories of the good times will help fill the hole this has left in your lives. Jim and Coreen Clarke

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    1. Wilma Carefoot
      Friday, March 26, 2021

      Sorry to hear this news. Sending our deepest sympathy from Wilma Carefoot and family

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  6. Connie Rogers
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Sending love and hugs to you all. Soooo many happy memories spent with Elgin and all of you. He will be missed and remembered fondly by many. Let your memories comfort you during this difficult time.

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  7. Tracey Skelton
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Jeff and I are so sorry to hear this news. Thoughts, condolences, and hugs to all of the family at this difficult time. Xoxo

    Tracey & Jeff Skelton

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  8. Valerie Shaw
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    My deepest and sincerest sympathies to Marlene and the whole Cann family. Cherish the memories as I know gathers are many,

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  9. Cynthia (Cindy) Breadner
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Aunt Marlene and all! I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Elgin’s death! In reading the words of his life I feel warmed by how he was able to be on the farm with you to the end. I had just asked Dennis if he had seen you or the family at all. You have been on my mind. I send you all blessings and love. As we age ourselves we let go of those who came before us and give them back to whence they came … into the hands of the soul’s who have already gone. May you find peace and love in each other and know we are all thinking of you!

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  10. Robert Gardner
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    to the Cann family, really enjoyed Elgin from the apple days.
    One day I visited the farm looking for Elgin and gave a knock on the barn door, Elgin emerged looking a bit stressed and covered in scours, said I cant talk just now, a cow just had twins.
    not being a cattle person, I said thats good having twins.
    He looked at me and said thats not good Rob, probably have two runts instead of one healthy calf.
    Can you wait for an hour or see you tomorrow.
    an educational experience from the expert
    He will be greatly missed

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  11. Tracy Davison
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Scott and I were so sorry to hear the news of Uncle Elgin’s passing. I have so many great childhood memories of visiting out at the farm. Scott, Michael, and Jeremy thoroughly enjoyed visiting with him when he would come to the elevator. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Love to all.

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  12. Leone Allan
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Todd & Cheryl

    Thinking of the Cann family and wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. A beautiful tribute to Elgin.

    Leone & Bob Allan

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  13. William Kevin Rogers
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    I am so sorry to hear this news. I will always treasure the memories of working on the farm with Elgin and Todd In the summer of 78.He was such a kind man. My deepest sympathies go out to you all.

    Kevin

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  14. Jill Reekie
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    We were so sad to hear of the passing of Elgin. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Marlene, Wendy, Sandra, Brenda, Todd and families. Cherish the many memories of Elgin.
    Thinking of all of you at this time.

    Harvie, Jill, Melanie and John Reekie

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  15. Sherri Adams
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Dear Sandra and family
    I’m so sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories of your dad give you comfort and fill you with much love in the days ahead.

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  16. Shirley Parks
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    I am so sorry to hear that Elgin has passed.
    He was such a nice man and I will miss just knowing he was there at the edge of my Grandpa and Grandma Vamplew’s old farm. He always graciously allowed us in to wander around the farm where we have so many memories.
    We didn’t see him often but when we did…he took great delight in reminding me that he was my first baby sitter.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Cann family at this time.
    Jack and Shirley (Vamplew) Parks

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  17. Sandra & Randy
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Thinking of you all at this sad and difficult time. Elgin was such a great, kind and caring man. The tribute you have written, really captures the man he was. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have, they will help ease some of the grief.
    Sandra & Randy Pyatt

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  18. Joyce Armstrong Long
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Sorry to hear of Elgin’s passing. I often think of my parents when they were neighbours on the third line.

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  19. Donna and Dennis Rice
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    To the Cann family we are so sorry to hear of Elgin’s passing he will be missed by all.

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  20. Sam and Marilyn Lemon
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    He was a great man, and will be missed by many. Cherish the memories. Enjoyed the phone calls and visits. Many years were enjoyed playing baseball and hockey and discussing cattle and farming.

    Sam and Marilyn Lemon

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  21. Lynn and Reg Brown
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    To the Cann Family

    Reg and I express our deepest sympathy.

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  22. Linda Teed
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Marlene,Wendy,Sandra, Brenda, Todd and families
    My thoughts are with all of you at this time. It is never easy, May the memories bring comfort in later days, and the pictures you have to share. His smile is always there to get you through.
    Love to all.
    Sincerely
    Linda.

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  23. Carol-Ann MCCoy
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Wendy, Gord. And the Cann family: So sorry to hear about your dad, share your stories and memories and it will help you get through this difficult time. THinking of you. CArol-Ann and Wayne

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  24. Gary & Lori Carscadden
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Our deepest sympathy to the Cann family. Cherish the memories and fun times together as they will help you through this most difficult and heartbreaking time.

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  25. Ed and Marilyn Ormsby
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Marlene and Family. We were Saddened to here of Elgin’s Passing. He was Important Part of our Farming Community and an All Round Good Guy! Lots of laughs when Elgin was around. We will all have that little smile on our face when we think of him. Ed and Marilyn Ormsby.

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  26. Willy & Wendy Rogers
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Marlene and family our thoughts are with yous at this time. I am so happy to have had a visit with Elgin a few days ago. Willy and Wendy Rogers

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  27. Valerie Long
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Elgin will be missed. Lots of good memories from the 70’s and 80’s at dances at Rocklyn with Doug and Mae Breadner. He always had a joke for me when he would come to Geo C South Equipment.
    My condolences to the Cann Family. Keep your memories close to your heart.

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  28. Jackie and Mark
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Dear Cassie and Family
    Please accept our deepest condolences. Elgin sounded like a true character! The kind we all want to get to know, and spend time with and are better for being with! And through working with Cassie for many years, you can tell so much of his love and character and generousity and sense of fun was passed down through the tree. Sending you love and hugs from your work family.

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  29. Jan Schultz
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Marlene and family. So sorry to hear of Elgins passing. He always had such a nice smile. Cherish all the memories.

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  30. Robin Rapp
    Friday, March 26, 2021

    Aunt Marlene, Wendy, Sam, Brenda and Todd I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Elgin. So many great memories. So many Sundays dinners together.

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  31. Kelly and Susan Hodgkinson
    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    Marlene and family we were saddened by the news of Uncle Elgin. A tremendous man and so many memories from my younger years with your family, from the Cann Christmas meals in Heathcote to many get togethers at our farm or yours. So many laughs and good times. Elgin was such a kidder and always so fun to be around. Always enjoyed being with your family, thanks for great memories.
    To you, Wendy, Sandra, Brenda, Todd, and families, our sincere condolences for your great loss.
    Take care, Love Kelly, Susan, Tiffany, and Chandler.

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  32. Mike & Diana Doyle
    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    Sandra, Brenda, and family; we are saddened to hear of Elgins passing, Diana and I send our heartfelt condolences. Cherish all your memories. Mike and Diana Doyle

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  33. Allan and Laurie Eagles
    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    Sending our deepest sympathy to the whole Cann family. So many memories and happy times, too numerous to list. You are in our thoughts and prayers, he will be missed. Allan, Laurie, Jack, Tara and Otto

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  34. Bernie and Jim
    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    My earliest memory of U Elgin was him bringing a “ very pretty lady” ( which he later married) to our farm and also attending his ball games in Meaford. Always the joker! Aunt Mary tried to reprimand him at church for entertaining the kids by making faces at them and before she was finished she was laughing herself. I like to think there is a “ grand reunion” with the 9 siblings. Cherish and celebrate the life of this kind and generous man. He will be missed. Bernie

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  35. Marg Gilray
    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    So sorry for your loss

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  36. John McKnight
    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    John McKnight
    I have known Elgin since the 60’s when I worked for / with him a couple of summers at the Clarksburg orchards. He was an interesting boss, driving through the tree rows in his Volkswagon bug hoping to catch someone goofing off. He was a self made man, starting with little and ending up with a full fledged dairy farm complete with Massey Ferguson tractors. Once you knew him, you could understand his sense of humour and wit, always with some kind of joke to tell so he could laugh at it again.
    R.I.P Elgin and regards to all the family.

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  37. JODY L HODGKINSON
    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    Our deepest condolences Marlene, Wendy, Sam, Brenda and Todd and Families. Uncle Elgin always made me laugh. His smile and laugh was infectious. My best memories were about my earrings, he always made fun of them and so it became a thing with him and I. If a family party or reunion such as the ones at Heathcote Hall was happening I would try and find the biggest and ugliest earrings I could possibly find to wear. He’d say things like nice earrings they look like lightbulbs or we used to put rings like that in a bulls nose or you could play football with those earrings. These are just a few I remember. Even now thinking about him it makes me smile. Uncle Elgin the kind, gentle man and jokester who always made me laugh. I will miss you.
    Jody and John

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  38. Elaine Williamson
    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    Our sympathy to Marlene and family Marvin Lagace &Elaine Williamson

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  39. Gord & Teryl Sewell
    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    Condolences to Marlene & family ,our thoughts are with you at this time. Elgin was a great friend ,we will always remember our happy times together. It’s was a pleasure to have you and Elgin come to visit us last week. Take Care Talk to you later. Gord & Teryl

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  40. Barb Sheridan
    Saturday, March 27, 2021

    My sincere condolences to all the Cann Family . Thinking of you all .
    Hold those memories close to your heart, it will help you get through this difficult time. Sending you all a big hug

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  41. Darlene Phillips
    Sunday, March 28, 2021

    My thoughts are with the CANN Family at this time of their loss. My Mom was a Cann (Elsie) from Thessalon father was W. J. Cann & Mom Ann Thompson. Elsie husband was Bill Phillips they lived near Goring.

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  42. The Proctor Family
    Sunday, March 28, 2021

    Brenda, Cassie, Matt & the Cann Family

    Wishing you strength and comfort through this difficult time. May your Dad and Grandfather’s memory always be your guiding light.

    Paul, June, Elizabeth, Giancarlo, Mark, Ryan & Ella

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  43. Dennis and Laura breadner
    Sunday, March 28, 2021

    RIP Elgin , and Aunt Marlene you just rest. We should be so lucky to have someone as patient and helpful as you in our old age. Losing Elgin brings an end to Moris and Hannah’s 9 children. My children will never meet all there cousins, but they know Elgins and Marlenes. School, hockey, hunting, farming and neighbours.
    Our thoughts are with you all.

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  44. Barbara Cormack
    Sunday, March 28, 2021

    Marlene and family. It has been many years , but I can still hear Elgin laugh, it was contagious. Thinking of you all at this time,
    David and Batb (Breadner) Cormack

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  45. Babette Beard
    Sunday, March 28, 2021

    Wendall and family. So sorry to hear of Elgin’s passing. I always looked forward to hearing Wendall’s stories about what Elgin was doing or saying. They were always funny. He will be missed by many. My condolences to all.

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  46. Allan Thompson
    Monday, March 29, 2021

    Sending my sincere condolences to your family at this difficult time.

    Allan Thompson

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  47. Robin MacDonald
    Monday, March 29, 2021

    So very sorry to hear of Elgin’s passing. Have fond memories of Elgin from years passed. It has been a while since our families have touched base. Sorry to know that he was the last of Uncle Morris and Aunt Hannah’s children. Sincere condolences to Marlene, Wendy and to all of Elgin’s family. His laughter and love of life will always be a memory I will cherish.
    Warmest regards from Robin MacDonald(Whitehead)

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  48. Mike and Carol Knight
    Monday, March 29, 2021

    Marlene. To you and your entire family, we want to send our sincere condolences on the passing of Uncle Elgin. I’ve missed seeing him and his wonderful sense of humour these past years due to my infrequent trips to Meaford. However, in my younger years, I have many fond memories of his days in the orchards, your farm and then working together at Shawanaga.
    We will be thinking of you and know the strength and love of your family will guide you through this tough time.
    Mike and Carol Knight

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  49. Joanne Kavelman (Hodgkinson)
    Monday, March 29, 2021

    Our sincere condolences to the Cann family on the passing of Elgin. We just spoke with him days before as he was out on his RTV patrolling the neighbourhood. I always enjoyed chatting with him during those drive by visits. I will remember him for his ease of conversation and sense of humour. That day he left me with a smile on my face.

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  50. Tom and Lynn Carbert
    Monday, March 29, 2021

    Our condolences to all the Cann family. May you remember all the good times and cherished memories. Tom and Lynn

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  51. Ross & Sherry Davison
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

    Dear Marlene and family so sorry to hear of your loss of such a great man our deepest condolences

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  52. Craig & Robin Jowett
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    Marlene & Family,
    Robin and I feel very lucky to have known Elgin for a good number of years as we had great chats on the 3rd Line when he came along in his UTV. He enjoyed chasing trespassers off our property which were his old hunting grounds in younger days, and we learned a little bit about the local history and goings-on in that area. Our thoughts are with you all.
    Craig & Robin Jowett

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  53. John Lackey
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    Aunt Marlene and Family, I am saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Elgin. As many have noted his smile and laugh were infectious and these will be deeply missed by us all. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Luci and John

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  54. Frances Morgan
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    I think so fondly of my “Bubbles”, he will be sadly missed. Frances Morgan

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  55. Marsha (Cann) Moland
    Thursday, April 15, 2021

    Our condolences to Aunt Marlene and family. Uncle Elgin was a warm-hearted man and an important part of the local agricultural community. He will be missed. Hugs to all of you during this difficult time.

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