Dr. John (Jack) Joseph Canfield, Jr.

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Dr. John (Jack) Joseph Canfield, Jr., born November 26, 1940, son of the late Dr. John and Elizabeth Coyle Canfield, of Pottsville, PA passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife, Marguerite (Meg) Keating Canfield. They met in high school, were married in 1964 and the rest of their life together was truly an Idyllic Camelot of love and sharing. Surviving also, are their four sons & families. John, Julie Davenport Canfield, Sean and Michael; Daniel, Daren Reyes Canfield, Megan and Ryan; Michael, Stacey Pinard Canfield, Connor and Rachel; and Timothy. Also, a sister, Mary Ann Canfield Wolfgang and brother, Michael. Jack was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Canfield Thorne.
Dr. Jack earned a BS in Biology from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA in 1962. Following this he attended Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, DC where he graduated Cum Laude in 1966. He then went to Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH where he spent a year of surgical training under the leadership of world renowned surgeon, Dr. Robert Zollinger. He then returned to Georgetown and completed his formal training as an orthopedic surgeon in 1971.
Jack then entered the USAF and was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base and Regional Hospital in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He served as Chief of Orthopedics of the Regional Hospital during this time. While on active duty, Dr. Canfield was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for Heroism for saving two teenage brothers involved in a boating accident in the treacherous Choctawhatchee Bay.
In 1973, the family settled in Holden, MA, where Jack became a partner in Orthopedic Associates of Worcester for the next 28 years. During this time, he served on the staffs of Worcester Hahnemann, Holden, Fairlawn, Worcester City and UMass/Memorial Hospitals. He was acting Chief of Orthopedics of Hahnemann for many years, serving on numerous committees. He was particularly proud of his part in the Medical Ethics committee. He was orthopedic consultant for Holy Cross College infirmary. One of his most enjoyable functions was being involved teaching residents and he was greatly honored by being chosen Clinical Instructor of the Year by the Family Medicine Dept. of UMass Medical Center on three different occasions. He was Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, Member of the Eastern Orthopedic, Mass. Medical and Worcester District Medical Associations. He was a member of Tatnuck CC, Worcester and served on their board as a committee chair for several terms.
In 2000 Jack & Meg retired to the SC Lowcountry settling in Belfair, Bluffton. They felt very blessed being able to volunteer at Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) for the next 12 years. During this time Jack served as the orthopedic representative on the VIM Med. Exec. Committee. They also were involved in Meals on Wheels. One of Jack’s goals in his retirement was to be on a state championship tennis team. This was fulfilled in 2008 when his Indigo Run team won the SC Senior (over 50) state championship. He and his partner also won the Hilton Head Open 3.5 Championship in 2007. Jack enjoyed the challenge and beauty of Belfair’s golf courses and achieved his goal of getting to a golfing 10 handicap. It will surprise his golfing friends that he played varsity golf while at St. Joe’s. He was a member of the HH Island Bridge Association and loved the time he spent at bridge with friends and Meg. Jack felt very honored to serve as the President of the Belfair Men’s Golf Association for 4 years (2010 - 2013). He was a long-time member of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) and was a nationally certified PCA Instructor for the Driver’s Ed program. All of his sons and he enjoyed many track events together. Jack’s greatest source of accomplishment and pride was seeing his sons become good, reliable and productive men.
Special thanks to the BMT Department of MUSC, headed by Dr. Robert Stuart, for their professional and personal care during our fight against leukemia over the past four years. Thank you also to Dr. Patricia North for her very important support.
The family will be receiving friends from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910. Following the visitation, a prayer service will be held and an opportunity for remarks from family and friends will be offered.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 31 St. Gregory Drive, Bluffton, SC 29909. Interment will take place in Holy Family Cemetery, New Philadelphia, PA at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Clinic or Meals on Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head.