• Samuel "Cac" Luther Canterbury, III

    Rockport, Texas

     

    Samuel “Cac” Luther Canterbury, III, age 80, of Rockport, TX passed away February 3, 2018. He was born February 23, 1937 in Kilgore, Texas to the late Dr. Samuel Luther Canterbury, Jr. and Elsie Pudwell Canterbury.

     

    He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 53 years, Clare Canterbury; sons, Samuel Canterbury, Michael Canterbury (Amy); daughters, Christine Canterbury (John), Laura Canterbury Adams (Todd); grandchildren, Michael and Stephen Canterbury, Matthew, Sarah and Stephanie Cory; brother, Charles Canterbury; sister, Diane Miller.

     

    Sam grew up in Kilgore, TX and went to Kilgore Junior College.  He then transferred to Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering.  At Marquette he met the love of his life and mother of his children, Clare Palisin Canterbury.  They were married May 8, 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Rockport, Texas.  He started Canterbury Design and Construction at that time as well as several other businesses over the years and lived as an active member of the coastal community until his death.

     

    Sam was involved in many organizations over the years including Phi Theta Kappa where he served as national president from 1957-1958, a member the American Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) since 1958, and the Gulf Coast Conservation Association where he was recognized as “Conservationist of the Year” in 1991.  He was an accomplished instrument rated pilot with years of flying experience.  He was an avid sailor with experience ranging from sunfish to open ocean racing.

     

    Sam was a true renaissance man with many passions in life including his faith, family, flying, hunting and fishing, arrowhead hunting, Model A Fords and puzzles of all kinds.  He was a devoted family man with an incredible love for family time.  He never missed an event of any of his children over the years and continued enjoying the next generation by attending his grandchildren’s school and sport functions.  Sam never knew a stranger and had many friendships that lasted over his lifetime. 

     

    Sam, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend will be missed by many that he touched over the years.  His family would like to thank all of those who have loved him and cared for him over the years. 

     

    Visitation will be 9:00a.m.-9:00p.m. with family present for a celebration of his life from 5:30p.m.-8:00p.m. and a Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:00p.m. Friday, February 9, 2018 at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home, Aransas Pass.

     

    Mass will be celebrated at 10:00a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018 officiated by Father Ray Yrlas, Jr. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rockport. Burial will follow at Fulton Cemetery.

     

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Incarnate Word Academy, Attn: Sr. Martha Ann Snapka, 2920 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX 78404 for the St. Jude Memorial Scholarship being created in his honor. 

     

     

  • 29 Tributes

    My condolences to the family I always liked to talk with his father when I was growing up

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    A dearly loved relative and friend.Bigger than life personality.Prayers for Clare and family.God bless,Pattyp

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    Condolences to the entire family. Cac, may the perpetual light shine on you and may you be in Paradise through the mercy of Christ our Lord. . Your Cousin, Joe

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    are you the cousin we called KYBO? those were good days.yes, he was a great friend since pre-school from the hood and I rejoice in his life and the fact he has gone Home before me to be with Jesus. I'm envious.

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    Sam was one of the greatest men I have been blessed to know. He was my father’s guardian angel in Rockport.Now they are both in heaven and will be missed everyday.

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    Sam was one of the greatest men I have been blessed to know. He was my father’s guardian angel in Rockport.Now they are both in heaven and will be missed everyday.

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    Sam was a great and loyal friend to my father, Charles LeBlanc, and great support to my family when Charles passed on. He will be greatly missed by my family. Our deepest condolences to the family.

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    There are no words to express our sorrow. You were the best friend anyone could have. Dearest friend we will miss you for ever.

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    Cac will be missed by many

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    hey good buddy, I'm envious and rejoice in the fact you made it Home before me. you were a lifetime great friend since pre-school and our times in the hood. see you soon at the Wedding of the Lamb, our Savior.

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    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Will greatly miss our freind and classmate.

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    May the Lord bless and comfort you during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences. Brad & Randi Aery

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    Sam was one of the many good friends we met since we began coming to Texas for the winters.He was a person ready to help in any way possible. We will never forget his offer to drop everything and drive us home to WI in our time of need. We will miss you dearly Sam.May perpetual light shine upon you.Clare, you will be in our prayers.

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    Our prayers are with your family as we express our deepest sympathy. Sam was a wonderful man that had a BIG personality and was always full of life. His friendships spanned all generations. I know that we will miss him.

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    It has been decades since I have seen Mr. Canterbury, but I have never forgotten and will never forget his deeply genuine kindness, great sense of humor, humility, and tremendous love for his family, friends and life. He is someone I truly admired in so many ways. Mrs. Canterbury, Sam, Christine, Laura, my sincere condolences.

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    Sam was a wonderful person and wonderful friend. We didn't get to see him or Clare that often, but whenever we did, we would start up where we left off. On behalf of the whole LaGuardia Family, we send our deepest sympathies on the loss of such a Great Soul!

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    I'm saddened to hear about Cac. We grew up in the same neighborhood in Kilgore and those were the days when kids played outside for hours on end. I took swimming lessons from his sister, Diane, at the city pool. Blessings to his family during this sad time.

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    Nancy, i know you thru my sister Sally. you are correct about growing up in the hood and Cac was a big part of it. he's been a dear life long friend since preschool and we have kept in touch at least weekly since then. big loss for all of us but he's gone Home where I'm heading some day.

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    My brother, Ted Miller, and I grew up in Kilgore across the street from the Canterburys in our earlier days. Ted and Cac had a good connection and Ted admired him very much. When my brother passed away in 1993, "Cac" made a personal contact with my mother expressing his condolences, which meant so much to her. Small acts of kindness were indicative of his love for his fellow man. May wonderful memories comfort you during this time.Sincerely,Alma Nell (Miller) Farmer

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    So sorry to hear about Cac. I think about theCanterburys at times and wonder where you are.I live in Akron, OH. We lost Joan going on 3 yearsago. Jimmy passed away in the late nineties. Bothparents many years ago. Hope you, Charles, andyou, Diane, are both well. Sometime, if you have aminute, let me hear from you. 366 Aqueduct St., inAkron, OH 44303. Accept my deepest condolences.

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    Cac's Father was my First Cousin. I did not really know Cac personally until 1956 when I moved to Gladewater with Humble Oil after graduation from A&M. At that time I also met Cac's mother and brother, Charles. I later met Diane in Longview. After Cac moved to Marquette and graduated, I lost personal contact. However, when I went back to A&M for Graduate School, I found that Charles was attending at the time and he and I were room mates for my first year. I heard a lot about Cac at that time. I moved to an apartment the next year. After Charles graduated, I stayed in contact with the family with occasional phone calls and then lost touch. We moved to Kerrville in 2006 and have an Aggie group that meets for lunch every other Thursday. One of the Aggies is John Gumert. His son and Cac were class mates and stayed in touch. John later told me about Cac living in Rockport. I was fortunate in getting to speak with Cac several times on the phone and we had a few emails back and forth. He indicated that he would try to fly up some weekend with a friend that came here, but unfortunately did not get a chance to do that. We spoke after Hurricane Harvey and I found out about Cac's home which he said he built with steel and concrete so he had only minor damage relative to most others. It was a real shock to learn of Cac's passing.To Cac's Family, please accept my sincerest condolences in the loss of your brother, husband, father and grandfather. Cac was a very talented engineer and I know he loved his family and his Model T pickup which he had at Kilgore when I knew him there.Sincerely,Pete Miesch

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    Cac was a dear and close friend to so, so, many, including the many of us who grew up with him in Kilgore. One of our friends has said that Cac "was such a gentleman", which sums up Cac and his life in many ways. He cared so much for others and that was very clear as he, sincerely, reached out to us, and was always interested in our lives, our families and our well being. It is no wonder that Cac is STILL thought of as THE leader amongst all of his schoolmates, in Kilgore, growing up. He was the glue...the friend...that held us all together. I will miss Cac, and will never forget all that he meant to me...and to a great number of our classmates and friends.

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    Prayers and condolences to Charles, Diane and Cac’s wife and family. What wonderful memories as I think of the fun we all had growing up together in Kilgore.

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    Prayers and condolences to Charles, Diane and Cac’s wife and family. What wonderful memories as I think of the fun we all had growing up together in Kilgore.

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    Sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. I had a lot of respect for him, and learned so much from him. On behalf of Cox Tank Construction, I pray for strength and comfort!! God Bless!!

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    Deepest love & sympathy to Clare and family. Sam was one of the most honorable and respectful men we have known. It was a pleasure working for the Canterburys for over 10 years and I, Chris, could not have hoped for a better boss. Papa Sam, you will be greatly missed !

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    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.A great man and asset to Rockport will be missed

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    Dr. Christine Canterbury and family, my condolences to you in the passing of your loved one. Dr. Christine Canterbury It'll Be 18 yrs (6/5/2018) that you delivered my son. I remember you spoke to me about the love for your parents. I know your pain as I lost my daddy just a few years back. The pain is deep but with time it will get easier. You will get back to a time when you can laugh again. And talk about the memories without crying. May the love and Grace of our Lord bring you peace as you learn a new life. Eva Periman Ingleside

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    Please accept condolences from the Crutcher family. Christ the King Catholic Church was a wonderful place when we were growing up. Cac was a light to everyone that was fortunate enough to know him.

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