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Michael R. "Mike"

November 23, 1932 – December 8, 2018

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Obituary for Michael R. "Mike" Canausa

November 23, 1932 – December 8, 2018
Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY

Michael A. Canausa of Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY entered into eternal rest on December 8, 2018. He was 86 years old.

The son of the late Michael L. Canausa and Mary (Schoudel) Canausa, Mike was born on November 23, 1932 in Cornwall, NY. Mike grew up in Highland Falls and met the love of his life, Angelina, while she was visiting from Italy. She went back home but he could not forget her. He pursued her relentlessly, despite their language barriers, until she finally said “si”. They were married in San Fratello, Sicily in 1963.

Mike served as a Heavy Equipment Operator for the United States Military Academy for over 38 years. He honorably and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member of Black Rock Fish & Game Club, and was a member of the Cornwall Historical Society and the American Legion Post 353. A lifelong history buff, he enjoyed participating in historical re-enactments and collecting memorabilia.

Mike was an active member of St. Thomas of Canterbury Church. A family statement reads: “Our husband, father, grandfather, was a gentle man, devoted to his family. He was always ready for a party though, with his dry wit and charm. He loved the sun and always treasured his time in Florida. When he wasn’t lying in the sun he was building his endless rock wall. He touched many people, and will be missed greatly.”

Mike is survived by his loving wife: Angelina (Mancuso) Canausa; his son: Michael J. Canausa and his wife Jennifer; his daughter: Mary Canausa; his former daughter-in-law and son-in-law: Laura Tangredi and Charlie Holbrook; three grandchildren: Samantha Holbrook, Nicole and Daniella Canausa; his brother and sister-in-law: Tony and Pina (Josy) Germana.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12th at Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., 337 Hudson St. Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 13th at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 340 Hudson Street, Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY. Interment will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery, Cornwall, NY.

Memorial Contributions in Mike’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements are entrusted to Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.; to send condolences or to get directions to the funeral home, please go to

First Visitation

When Wednesday, December 12, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home Inc.
337 Hudson St
Cornwall On Hudson, NY 12520

Second Visitation

When Wednesday, December 12, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home Inc.
337 Hudson St
Cornwall On Hudson, NY 12520

Service Information

Thursday, December 13, 2018 10:00am
Rev. Rees Doughty
St. Thomas of Canterbury Church
340 Hudson Street
Cornwall On Hudson, NY

Interment Information

St. Thomas Cemetery
Mailler Avenue
Cornwall, NY
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