Pastor Max Canfield

September 25, 1951 - September 27, 2019
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Pastor L. Max Canfield, age 68, of Stone Creek, died unexpectedly, Friday, September 27, 2019, in Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital at Dover.

Born on September 25, 1951, in Union Hospital, Max was a son of the late Lloyd and Ruth Walker Canfield.

He was a 1970 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and was drafte…

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Pastor L. Max Canfield, age 68, of Stone Creek, died unexpectedly, Friday, September 27, 2019, in Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital at Dover.

Born on September 25, 1951, in Union Hospital, Max was a son of the late Lloyd and Ruth Walker Canfield.

He was a 1970 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served his country as an MP at the former Ft. Monroe in Virginia. Upon his discharge, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic for many years before answering the call to ministry. Since 2001, Max has served as the Pastor for First Church of the Brethren and became an ordained minister in 2009. He had a deep faith in the Lord and loved serving alongside the members of his congregation and his fellow ministers in the Dover-Phila Ministerial Association.

When not doing ministry work, Max loved being with his family. He enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren, especially his great-grandson whom he affectionately called “Buddy”. He also enjoyed mowing and “fishing” from his back porch.

Max is survived by his wife, Gayle “Sis” Canfield whom he married on November 11, 1977, their daughters, Mandi (Wayne) Berkshire of New Philadelphia and Trisha Canfield of Uhrichsville; two grandchildren, Dade Berkshire and Paighton King; a great-grandson, Aarbor Juhasz; his siblings, Dave (Linda) Canfield, Randy (Shelley) Canfield and Beverly (Clair) Edwards all of New Philadelphia; two brothers-in-law, Bud (Cindi) Dennis of New Philadelphia and George (Leigh) Dennis of Dover; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Canfield and Sue Canfield; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Max was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, Chuck, and Donald Canfield and two grandchildren, Billy and Jozee Anslow.

The family will greet guests on Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 3-6 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. Mr. David Hobbs will lead a service celebrating Max’s life in the funeral home’s chapel at 6 PM. Military honors will be rendered immediately following. Guests are invited to join the family in the Social Hall of the First Church of the Brethren for a meal and fellowship following services. Inurment will take place at a later date in the Stone Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Max’s name may be directed to the First Church of the Brethren, 700 Fair Avenue NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

End Time: 6:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

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116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Stone Creek Cemetery

Address:

, STONE CREEK, OH, 43840

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Inurment will take place at a later date in the Stone Creek Cemetery.


Reception Information

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

First Church of the Brethren

Address:

700 Fair Ave NW, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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First Church of the Brethren

700 Fair Ave. NW
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Agnes Hayhurst posted on 10/3/19

Our thoughts and prayers at the loss of Pastor Canfield and to his family, you have our prayers also. God bless the family of Pastor Canfield. Agnes Hayhurst, District COB Congregational Commission, Member of Reading COB, Homeworth, Ohio

 

Michael Patrick posted on 10/3/19

Sis and family So sorry to hear of Max's passing, he will greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Mike Patrick and family

 

Paul and Susan Herman posted on 10/1/19

Paul and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Pastor Max. He was the most kindest Pastor I’ve ever met. He married Paul and I on October 18th , 2003 in a ceremony that we will always remember. Then renewed our vows with us at 5 and 10 years. We’d plan to do 15 but my mom passed away October 16th of last year and it just wasn’t a good time. But Pastor Max was there for my family and I. As he was with the passing of our dad. Heaven sure has gained one SPECIAL ANGEL. We will surely miss him. Sis and family you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love you guys. May God Bless you. Paul and Susan Herman. ????

 

Laura Murphy posted on 10/1/19

I am so sorry for your loss.Max was the greatest he helped my family go through the loss of our parents was always there when he was needed!

 

David Bell posted on 10/1/19

Wow! What a shock.Max was a great guy and Christian. I always enjoyed talking and worshipping with Max at district events. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and his church.He will be sorely missed.

 

Melanie Archer posted on 9/30/19

I am very sad and shocked to read that Pastor Max has passed...He was a wonderful man..always friendly and so easy to talk with...Very caring.. Thank you Max for your service to our country.....My deepest sympathy to "Sis" and their family....May he rest peacefully in Heaven...I will miss him!

 

Gary & Doris Berkshire posted on 9/30/19

So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Shelly LeMonte posted on 9/29/19

Sis and Family, May you feel the arms of our Lord around you at this time, praying for comfort from on high for the Canfield family. Pastor Max will be sorely miss!!! He inspired me everytime I attended church with Melodie. His wit and wisdom and compassion for all will be missed! In Gods arms he runs, be happy for him, talk often of him and forever hold him in your hearts as you will see him again in glory Shelly LeMonte ( melodie's aide)

 

Pat Massey posted on 9/28/19

My deepest sympathy in your loss. I will be praying for the whole family.

 

Phil and Alma Tatliak posted on 9/28/19

Sis and family, It was with great sadness that we learned of Max’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

Sandy Berkshire posted on 9/28/19

Sis, I am so sorry. If there is anything we can do let us know. Prayers for you and family. Sandy,Kenny Berkshire. Barb Williams.

 

Shane and Jennifer Homan posted on 9/28/19

Max was truly a wonderful man. Max married me and my wife. It was a beautiful October day. Max had given us a book of different vows for us to pick through. My wife had written down what we wanted. Come the day of the wedding, the ceremony uas all of about 7 minutes long. We were rather puzzled, as it turns out my wife had written the rest of the vows on the back of the paper. Max did not realize this. We all had a good laugh. You will be missed Max!!! Prayers for the entire family.

 

William and Martha Kilchenman posted on 9/27/19

You have our deepest condolences. He was a very kind and considerate person to all. He will be sadly missed by the church family and by all that knew him. Enjoyed listening to his stories. We will certainly be miss him. Thinking of you all during your time of loss.

 

Dorothy Halter posted on 9/27/19

Sis, I was saddened this morning when Amanda let us know about Pastor Max. I so enjoyed the visits the two of you made to my house since I’ve been unable to attend church. I love you both and will miss him terribly The church will be lost without him. He was such a good person. Keep in touch. Hugs to all. ???

 

Mel McAfee posted on 9/27/19

Max Canfield family, sorry for your loss. Just remember him for the person that he was. He was a great friend and there when I needed him. Glad we got the deal done in time. Made him proud. God Bless. Your former landlord.

 

Vicki boltz posted on 9/27/19

He was a great man and pastor will miss him dearly.

 

Becky Perkins posted on 9/27/19

Max was a good who helped my wife's family for years. Becky talked with him a couple weeks ago. He will be missed. Our thoughts will be with Sis hang their daughters. Becky and Jim

 

Pastor Jose Pena jr posted on 9/27/19

On behalf of the Gospel H.I.M.S. Ministry our thoughts and prayers for the entire Canfield family. What joy and a privilege to know Pastor Max. His sweet spirit he had and Loved serving his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Susan and Steven Van Bibber posted on 9/27/19

Sis and family, our hearts ache for you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Pastor Max will be greatly missed by all of his flock.

 

Shirley Latimer posted on 9/27/19

My sincere sympathy to family and friends.

 

Jim levengood posted on 9/27/19

To the family of Max Canfield so sorry to hear of your loss. . Not Only was Max my pastor he was a true friend I will always remember the " FRIDAY BUNCH" working. Together we accomplished many tasks plus the many talks that we would have at times. I feel I really got to know Max as a person. He will certainly be missed not only by myself, but also our church family. He was truly loved. You are in my prayers.

 

Leslie and Greg posted on 9/27/19

Thoughts and Prayers for the Family.

 

Edwin Mason posted on 9/27/19

So very sorry for your loss ( classmate)

 

Stephanie Johnson posted on 9/27/19

Pastor Max will be greatly missed! He had a smile that would light up the room! It was a pleasure to know him! Our deepest sympathies and prayers! Troy, Steph, Treven, Hannah & Trey Johnson

 

Deb Smitley posted on 9/27/19

My deepest sympathy for your loss. Max was one of the kindest people I have ever met.

 

ROD HANNI posted on 9/27/19

WITH DEEPEST SYMPHATHY FOR A DEAR FRIEND AND SCHOOL BUDDY AND TO THE FAMILY. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU IN HIS LIGHT MAX AND FAMILY. SURELY WILL BE MISSED BY ALL.

 

Una Fox posted on 9/27/19

So sorry to hear of your loss of your husband and your father Max. He was a very kind and considerate person to all. He will be sadly missed by the church family and by all that knew him. He had some quite stories to tell. I for one will certainly miss him. Thinking of you all during your time of loss.

 

Robert Gribble posted on 9/27/19

Sis and Trish I'm so sorry to hear this you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Cheri Boone. posted on 9/27/19

Sis and family I am deeply sorry for your loss???? Max was a wonderful man. Hugs, prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

 

Karen Dunfee posted on 9/27/19

My sincere sympathy to all the family members. Max was a true Christian man who loved his Lord. He will be missed by his congregation who loved him dearly. The children and youth loved him so because he accepted them as part of the church.He loved the children and they became a part of his service when he included them in “ Sermon in the Sack. They would bring an object in a bag and he would pull it out and speak to them a message with a Biblical meaning. He was there for his family and extended family.....the Church. May he Rest In Peace. He will never be forgotten.????

 

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