Mrs. Claire (Dowd) Canty

  • Died: May 11, 2019
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home

11 Linden Street
Reading, MA 01867

Tel. 781.944.1589

Tribute & Message From The Family

Claire (Dowd) Canty, of Reading, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 11, 2019.

Born in Lawrence, Claire was the loving daughter of the late John Dowd and Anne (Foley) Dowd. Claire was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Claire graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in Chemistry and had a career at Arthur D Little as a Chemist and Senior Consultant. She was very active in the community of St. Athanasius Parish and served in many leadership roles there. She was an avid reader. For many years she enjoyed volunteering at the Recording for the Blind. Upon retirement Claire enjoyed traveling.

Claire was the beloved wife of the late Richard Canty. Devoted mother of the late Stephen Canty and Michael Canty and his surviving wife Anne. Loving grandmother of Liam Canty. Devoted sister of Kathleen Dowd. Also survived by 2 brother in laws, 1 sister in law and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home 11 Linden St. READING Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 10:30 am followed by a Funeral Mass Celebrating Claire's Eternal Life in St. Athanasius Church 300 Haverhill St. Reading at 11:30 am. Interment will be in Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading.

Family and friends are kindly invited to gather and share memories with the family on Tuesday May 21, 2019 from 4 pm to 7:30 pm in the funeral home. Parking attendants and elevator available.

Please consider donations in memory of Claire to Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place Boston, MA 02215.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Claire at St. Athanasius Church,many years ago. She was always kind & caring to all. I will miss her.. Rest in peace dear friend.

Posted by Carol Amico - Reading, MA   May 22, 2019

Such an important part of our St. Athanasius family, Claire will be missed by all who knew her.

Posted by Patti Beckman - Reading, MA   May 19, 2019

In some ways, Claire often felt like a surrogate mother to me, and when she asked how I was, it was never a pro forma question -- she really wanted to know.I expect many of us in St. Athanasius parish felt the same way. I miss her already.

Posted by Michael Terry - Reading, MA   May 17, 2019

I will miss Claire Canty. It was always so wonderful to see her at the 4:00 Mass.

Posted by Michael Terry - Reading, MA - Friend   May 17, 2019

Claire called me her adopted sister. It is a title I will treasure forever. She left her footprints on my heart and though she will be gone from my sight, she will always live in my heart. God welcomed a new angel in His kingdom called Claire Canty.

Posted by Nancy MacAllister - Reading, MA   May 17, 2019

Kay & Family,
We are all saddened to hear of the passing of Claire. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Dr Vouras & Staff

Posted by Lisa Vouras DMD - Reading, MA - Acquaintance   May 16, 2019

Mike told me about his mom on one of our first dates. He proudly talked about his mother's very accomplished career at Arthur D. Little. Mike said she was "brilliant". All who knew her would agree especially me and Liam. Mike also described his mom as an excellent cook; also very true. Liam and I are especially thankful that she's passed those cooking skills down to her son. Mike's list of special times with his mom was long, including wonderful memories of summer vacations in Maine and other family trips. But most of all, Mike treasured the simple times when he would sit down with his mother over a good meal and have a lovely conversation with her. Over the years, we all shared so many special times-too many to list. Liam and I feel blessed that just a few weeks ago, we had the precious opportunity to sit down over simple meal and have a wonderful visit with both Claire and her sister. It fills our hearts with sadness that Claire (A.K.A Grandma) is no longer with us. She will never be forgotten. Annie and Liam

Posted by Annie & Liam Canty    May 16, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Love The Torra Family

Posted by Mary Torra - Neighbor   May 16, 2019

Dear Family,
I am very sorry to hear about Claire's passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Please know that I am praying for you all and sending hugs. I have known Claire since I was little. I was a member of St. Athanasius Parish while I lived in Reading for 53 yrs. I lived around the corner on Charles St.
Claire was such a sweet person.
Elaine M. Sarcone

Posted by ELAINE SARCONE - NORTH ANDOVER, MA - Acquaintance   May 16, 2019