, Salem, MA

March 20, 2014

William Brian Canney, 60

PEABODY — William Brian Canney, 60, of Peabody, MA, passed away peacefully following a lengthy illness on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Bill was the beloved husband of Kathleen (Doron) and the son of the late George and Elizabeth (Perry) Canney.

Bill was born in Salem, MA. He attended Salem High School and was a graduate of North Shore Community College. Bill was employed by General Electric for over 39 years. He was a graduate of the GE Apprentice Program and held numerous roles throughout his time at GE, most recently as a Process Engineer in the Lynn plant. Bill was also employed as a longtime bartender at Bertini’s Restaurant in Salem, where regular patrons could rely on his “smiling” face to greet them from behind the bar.

An avid golfer, Bill enjoyed spending Sundays competing in the Bertini’s Golf League. Although the first place trophy forever eluded him, his sons have carried on the Canney golf tradition. Even though Bill had a lot of varied interests such as traveling and socializing with friends and family, his greatest joy was spending time with his wife and children, laughing and teaching his kids life lessons.

In addition to his wife of 36 years, he is survived by his daughter, Kristin of Newport, RI; sons, Jonathan of Danvers, MA and Nathan and his wife, Erica, of Boxford, MA; siblings, Don Canney and his wife, Bonnie, of McEwen, TN, Carolyn Blain and her husband, Albie, of Stratham, NH, George Canney and his wife, Stella, of Salem, MA; Paula Milligan and her husband, John, of Amesbury, MA; Priscilla Canney and her husband, Rich Buonfiglio, of Salem, MA; Elizabeth Coombes and her husband, Bill, of Salem, MA; Claire Boutilier and her husband, Dan, of Lynn, MA and Susan Richardson and her husband, Tom, of Beverly, MA. Bill is also survived by countless cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ellen Canney and Cynthia Hardy and his beloved dog, Tyson.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Full-Spychalski Funeral Home, 84 Washington Square East, by Salem Common, Salem. Visiting hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s name to Care Dimensions (formerly Hospice of the North Shore), 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For online guest book and directions, visit