Joseph J. Canty

  • Born: March 7, 1950
  • Died: January 3, 2020
  • Location: Lynnfield, Massachusetts

McDonald Funeral Home

19 Yale Avenue
Wakefield, MA 01880
Tel. (781) 334-9966

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joseph J. Canty, of Lynnfield died Friday, January 3rd at his residence surrounded by his family after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born March 7, 1950, the son of the late John and Emily (Layton) Canty. Joe was raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Saint Clement High School, Class of 1968 and later from Bentley College in 1972 where he also played basketball. He made his career as an accountant for various companies and the Town of Nahant. His true passion was working with his hands, building and fixing things for friends and family, which extended into a retirement side business he called "The Old Fashioned Handyman." He was a longtime resident of Lynnfield and was an avid sports fan, cook, golfer and brewmaster. He enjoyed everything life had to offer, especially his friends and family.

Joe was the beloved husband of Susan (Burrall) Canty for 35 years and the loving father of Colleen Canty and her husband Scott Steiner. He was the brother of Lorraine Dunnett and her husband Bruce of Centerville, MA and the late Michael Canty. He was the brother-in-law of Kathleen Canty of Nahant, MA and Leigh Burrall and his wife Linda of New Boston, NH. He is also survived by his special cousins, Peggy Dwyer and Patty Allen and many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home 19 Yale Avenue Wakefield on Wednesday at 9am followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church Lynnfield at 10am. Interment will follow at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in W. Peabody. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dana-Farber Institute ( or Reid Sacco Cancer Research Fund (ECCF/ Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Fund, 175 Andover Street, Suite 101, Danvers MA 01923).


Condolence & Memory Journal


susan so sorry to hear about joe god bless him. all our love david and nancy murphy

Posted by david murphy jr - Lynn, MA - Friend   January 16, 2020

Extremely sad to hear of Joseph Canty's passing. I had the pleasure of spending time with Joe on a few occasions & can reflect on the memory of what an amazing man he was. My thoughts are with Colleen & the Canty family.

Posted by Ryan Feury - New York, NY - friend   January 08, 2020

So sorry to hear about Joe's passing. It has been a long journey for the whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Mary Ann Iannelli - Winthrop, MA - Friend   January 08, 2020

The entire Barry family sends our deepest condolences to the whole Canty family. We were so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. May all your great memories with him help you through this difficult time.

Posted by The Barrys    January 07, 2020

Sue, Colleen, Lorraine and loved ones of Joey: He was such a unique, compassionate, generous, fun-loving cousin. He had a way of making every person feel like they were special. We were all privileged to call him husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, friend. Even though his time on earth wasn't that long, his memory will last forever.

Posted by mary ann callahan - howell, NJ   January 06, 2020

A Class act...ONE of a kind gentleman. He made me laugh from day 1 that I met him and that will continue for the rest of my days. My sincere sympathy to Sue, Coleen and the so many others that had the privilege of knowing Joe. RIP my friend

Posted by Dave Cowan - The Villages, FL   January 06, 2020

Susan and Colleen, So very sory for your loss. You are in my prayers and thoughts.
Cindi Lebel (Asker)

Posted by Cindi Lebel - Peabody, MA - Neighbor   January 06, 2020

Sue and Colleen, we are truly sorry for your loss. Joe was such a fun loving guy. He will surely be missed by all the people who knew him. RIP Joe

Posted by Linda & Bill Peterson - Nahant, MA - Friend   January 06, 2020

My sympathy is extended to you, your daughter, and your extended family on the loss Of this beloved man. There are no words that can alleviate your pain, but know that the shared memories of Joe remain forever in uRyour hearts.

Posted by Betty Gilbert - Peabody, MA - Friend   January 06, 2020

Sue and Colleen,
So sorry to hear about Joe's passing. Such a great fun man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both during this most difficult time!
Colleen,Paul and Quinn Sainato

Posted by Colleen Quinn Sainato - Nahant, MA - Friend   January 06, 2020

Joe was a wonderful brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. All of our lives will be forever blessed having had the privilege of being in his company. Loving memories will live on forever in all of our hearts.

- Leigh and Linda Burrall and Family
January 6,2020

Posted by Linda Burrall - New Boston, NH - Family   January 06, 2020

With sincere sympathy from the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Maria Goretti parish, staff, parishioners and the Ministry of Consolation our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Posted by Ministry Of Consolation - Peabody, MA   January 05, 2020

So sorry Sue and Colleen. Joe was such a sweet man and the perfect host. He was loved by all who knew him. May he rest in peace

Posted by Marge Callahan - Salem, MA   January 05, 2020

Rest In Peace Joe.

Posted by Marty & Kim Cahill - New Boston, NH - Family   January 05, 2020

Joe, You will be missed by so many. You added inspiration,laughter, and understanding to a conversation. Rest in peace
John & Mary Anne Lombard

Posted by A friend   January 05, 2020

RIP Joe Canty! You will be sorely missed. You were a great friend, a great teammate and a great man. My sincere condolences to your family.

Posted by Mike Tanen - Nahant, MA - Friend   January 05, 2020

Such a fine man, such a big loss.

Posted by Jack and Geri Bittner - Lynnfield, MA - Friend   January 04, 2020

Heartfelt sympathy to you and your family, Lorraine.

Posted by Maureen Santoro - Hingham, MA   January 04, 2020

Joe, I will miss the patriarch of the Canty family forever.....
Love , the Giles family

Posted by Doreen Giles - Marshfield, MA - Friend   January 04, 2020

Love you forever, Uncle Joe❤

Posted by Mary Barth - Family   January 04, 2020

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