Daniel J. Cano, a resident of North Canton, was born on August 6, 1940 in Massillon, Ohio where he lived the first 37 years of his life, to the late Daniel and Josephine Cano. Dan went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 19, 2020 after his short but valiant battle with COVID-19.
Dan passed away at Mercy Medical Center, where he also worked for about 20 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncles, Julian and Paul; and aunts, Nellie and Delores.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda G. Cano, his son Daniel (Lainy), and his grandson Sebastian. Additionally, he is survived by his sister Celeste (Les) Martin and niece Jennifer Martin; and his uncle of 102 years, Donald Gray.
Dan graduated from Washington High School in 1958. He was a member of the Washington High School Tiger Swing Band and got to march in the 1957 Rose Bowl Parade.
Dan had 4 main loves in life: his family, football, gardening, and Big Band Jazz. He was a Massillon Tigers football season ticket holder for over 50 years, and was lucky enough to win the Cleveland Brown’s lottery in 1999 and became a Brown’s season ticket holder for over a decade before his health prevented him from going to the games. If he was not watching football on the TV and the sun was out, he was outside working on his landscaping, his flowers, his pond, or looking at his yard from the deck.
Those who knew Dan know his life passion was Big Band music. His vast collection of CDs and vinyl LPs was just a window into his love and knowledge of this music genre. He went to countless concerts every year, and in his youth traveled throughout Ohio and neighboring states to see a band play. Not to mention - he was quite the dancer with his many dancing trophies from the 60s and 70s. His personal affirmation that he truly knew his music is when his knowledge, love, and passion of Big Band enabled him to converse with the musician Ray Anthony from time to time throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
The family wants to thank Brewster Parke for taking care of him in his last years of his life, and Holy Cross Lutheran Church where he found a church and congregation that he called home.
Calling hours will be held from 12 to 1 on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Reed funeral home in North Canton; however, due to the surrounding conditions of COVID-19, the family is having a private service for Daniel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.