Dominic Canestra, 84, Former Verplanck Carpenter

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VERPLANCK, N.Y. – Dominic V. Canestra, formerly of Verplanck, died June 24. He was 84. 

Born Nov. 8, 1927, in Croton-on-Hudson, he was the son of Dominick and Giovanna Magro Canestra. A master carpenter and cabinet-maker, Canestra taught carpentry at Northern Westchester Boards of Cooperative Educational Services. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the Lions Club of Verplanck and Norwich, N.Y. 

Most recently of Plymouth, N.Y., Canestra was a member of the Rolling Antiquers Old Car Club, Norwich Region Antique Automobile Club of America, Plymouth Historical Society and the Northeast Classic Car Museum of Norwich. He enjoyed showing his antique classic cars in competition. Canestra was a communicant of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Norwich. 

Canestra is survived by three daughters, Joanne Schiller and husband Gordon, of Hornell, N.Y., Kathleen Jordan and husband Richard, of Exton, Pa., and Patrice Keesler and husband Thomas, of Verplanck; a stepson, James Murray, of Verplanck; a stepdaughter, Kathleen Levesque and husband Edward, of Verplanck; his companion, Dolores Finley, of Plymouth; a sister, Toni Canestra, of Verplanck; and many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in law, nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased by his first wife, Joan "Duck" Keon; a son, Robert Dominic; a grandson, Jefferey Keesler; his second wife, Joan Smith Murray; a brother, Joseph; and two sisters, Mary Renna and Theresa Scozzafava.

Visitation will be held 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Cortlandt Funeral Home in Verplanck. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Church in Verplanck. Burial will be private.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rosary Hill Home, 600 Linda Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532.

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