Edgar T. Canty, Jr, called Ned, was born in 1929 in Chicopee Massachusetts to Irene and Edgar T. Canty, Sr. His sister Anita followed five years later. His father was a deputy fire chief for the city and his mother was a homemaker.
He participated in ROTC while in high school. He attended University of Massachusetts where he completed a Bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1950. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War as an officer who specialized in weather forecasting and product quality assessment. Following his military service, he attended Purdue University in Indiana and earned a Masters Degree in mathematics.
Ned continued his studies in Stockholm, Sweden on the G.I. Bill, an experience he treasured. He studied Swedish language and culture for two years before returning to Massachusetts where he was living with his Aunt Mary Parsons, an editor at Houghton Mifflin publishers. Mary was good friends with her neighbor, Theresa Keefe, whose daughter Anne was living with her after eight years in the convent as a religious of the Sacred Heart. Theresa and Mary conspired to introduce Ned and Anne. After a six months courtship, Anne and Ned married at Our Lady's Help of Christians church on January 28, 1961. Their happy marriage would endure nearly 62 years, until Anne's death this past October.
The newlyweds moved first to Clinton, Iowa when Ned worked for Nielson and Company and where their first child Teresa was born. They moved to Pleasant Valley, New York while he worked for IBM; here second daughter Regina joined the family. The family moved to Newton, Mass where Mary Jo, Tim, and Angela were born. Marc Nguyen became a member of the family in 1976.
Ned spent fifteen years in charge of academic computing at Babson College. He also taught mathematics part time as an adjunct faculty at Northeastern University and Mount Ida College. He then took full-time employment in academic computing at Tufts University for two years. He completed his career as a tenured professor of Management Information Systems at Bridgewater State College.
Ned and Anne were active in the Catholic Church and volunteering to benefit the community. They vacationed at Lake Winnipesaukee where they shared their home with their six children. Eventually their family grew to include Teresa's husband Doug, their children, Liz, Jessie, and Chrissy and grandchildren Gavin and Olivia; Regina's husband Ilya; Marc's wife Hong and their children, Tyler, Emily, and Madison; Mary Jo's husband David and their children, Madeline and Erin; Tim's wife Anastasia and their children, Isabelle and Evan; and Angela's husband Roy and their children, Roy Michael and Christopher.
Ned was a curious and intelligent man who loved conversation and sharing ideas. A founding member of the "circle of wisdom" he enjoyed socializing with friends at Lake Winnipesaukee. He is known for his unusually large vocabulary developed as an avid reader and crossword puzzles aficionado. He was also a card shark, regularly winning games of cribbage with family and friends. His gentle strength, enthusiastic interest and support, and fearlessness will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
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