Richard Canestraro

CANESTRARO, Richard V., 77, of Glen Dale, W.Va. died Thursday, January 2, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born June 10, 1936 in Benwood, W.Va., a son to the late Victor “Gooch” and Pauline (Skvarka) Canestraro.

He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Glen Dale. He was one of the best three sport athletes to graduate from Union High School, where he played football, baseball, and basketball. From there he received a football scholarship to Chatanooga University, but returned to the Ohio Valley because he missed his future wife Joan.

He continued to play football for West Liberty State College. He then became a teacher at Marshall County Schools and was John Marshall’s first baseball coach. He also coached football and baseball for Bishop Donahue High School. He became the principal at Moundsville Junior High School.

After many years of dedication to the education profession, he concluded his career as the General Supervisor for the Marshall County Board of Education.

Richard was very artistic and enjoyed woodworking, stained glass, golf, and spending time with his family. He treasured the memories of golfing with his friends at the Moundsville Country Club especially during his last few years of life. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan (Padlow) Canestraro.

He is survived by one daughter, Dani (Mike) Wilson of Glen Dale; one son, Rik (Char) Canestraro of Glen Dale; one sister, Loretta (Earl) Suter of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one brother, Todd (Tina) Canestraro of Mooresville, N.C.; five grandchildren, Holly (Joe) Blatt of Charleston, S.C., Jake Wilson of Glen Dale, Cade Canestraro, Luke Canestraro, and Elle Canestraro all of Glen Dale; one great-granddaughter, Gwen Blatt; and several nieces and nephews.

At Richard’s request, there will be no visitation.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church in Glen Dale with Rev. Raju Antony officiating.

The family would like to thank the wonderful neighbors of Sun Valley who were always there for them when they needed assistance.

The family would also like to especially thank the two wonderful caregivers, Hope Henry and Pam Stamp for all of their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231.

Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home Lutes & Kirby Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, WV.

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