Charles Sch­les­man Canning

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Charles Sch­les­man Canning, 82, of Al­len­town, passed away Mon­day, Au­gust 12, 2019 in Le­high Val­ley Hos­pi­tal, In­pa­tient Hos­pice Unit. He was the hus­band of Mar­i­anne (Simko) Canning. They were mar­ried for al­most 60 years. Charles was born on Con­sti­tu­tion

Day, Septem­ber 17, 1936 in Al­len­town. He was the son of the late Robert A. and Ruth S. (Sch­les­man) Canning. Charles was a grad­u­ate of Al­len­town High School Class of 1954. He re­ceived his Bach­e­lor of Arts from Mo­ra­vian Col­lege in 1963, where he served as the Pres­i­dent of Al­pha Phi Omega Na­tional Ser­vice Fra­ter­nity. He re­ceived his Mas­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion from Le­high Univer­sity in 1965 and com­pleted post grad­u­ate study in Coun­sel­ing at Le­high in 1972. He started his teach­ing ca­reer at Kutz­town Area School Dis­trict (1963-1965) and White­hall High School (1965-1970), serv­ing as a So­cial Stud­ies Teacher and Head Wrestling Coach at both schools. Later, he served North­ern Le­high High School as Guid­ance Coun­selor (1970 -1983) and So­cial Stud­ies Teacher (1983-1990). Charles was fea­tured on “Cel­e­brat­ing Amer­ica's Teach­ers,” a tele­vi­sion pro­gram with Ed As­ner, as one of only five teach­ers in the United States se­lected as fi­nal­ists for the Na­tional Bi­cen­ten­nial Awards. Af­ter his re­tire­ment from teach­ing, Charles worked part-time as the Li­brary Di­rec­tor for the Harry C. Trexler Ma­sonic Li­brary, where he pub­lished a book en­ti­tled “Gen­eral Trexler's Ma­sonic Legacy.”

Charles was very in­volved in his com­mu­nity, serv­ing as the Pres­i­dent of the Union and West End Ceme­tery As­so­ci­a­tion; Con­sis­tory Pres­i­dent of his church,

St. John's United Church of Christ in Al­len­town and Chair­man of the City of Al­len­town Colum­bus Quin­cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tions Com­mit­tee. Chuck was the Pres­i­dent of the Penn­syl­va­nia So­ci­ety of the Sons of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion; and Prior of the Pri­ory of Philadel­phia of the Sov­er­eign Mil­i­tary Or­der of the Temple of Jerusalem, among count­less oth­ers. Charles' many con­tri­bu­tions to his com­mu­nity have been widely rec­og­nized. He was awarded the Rank of Ea­gle Scout by the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica, the “Su­per Sun­day” Mayor's Procla­ma­tion for his lead­er­ship in the Colum­bus Quin­cen­ten­nial and Mayor's Award of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion for out­stand­ing lead­er­ship and vol­un­tary spirit by the Mayor of Al­len­town, the Al­len­town Spirit Award for ser­vice to his fel­low cit­i­zens by Al­len­town City Coun­cil, and the “World of Dif­fer­ence” Award for in­ter-group un­der­stand­ing through ed­u­ca­tion by the Al­len­town Hu­man Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion.

Charles was es­pe­cially in­volved with Freema­sonry, serv­ing as Wor­ship­ful Mas­ter of Jor­dan Lodge No. 673 in 1989 and the Penn­syl­va­nia Lodge of Re­search in

2007. He served as Right Em­i­nent Grand Com­man­der of the Knights Tem­plar of Penn­syl­va­nia in 1983 and 1984. Chuck was High Priest of the Allen Royal Arch Chap­ter No. 203 in 1972, 1978, and 1979; Knight Com­man­der of the Holy Royal Arch Knight Tem­plar Priests in 1996; and Puis­sant Sov­er­eign of the Mary Con­clave, Red Cross of Con­stan­tine in 1992. He was in­volved with the Val­ley of Al­len­town Scot­tish Rite (AASR) as a 33rd de­gree Ma­son and the Or­der of DeMo­lay, serv­ing the lat­ter as Chap­ter Ad­vi­sor to the Al­len­town Chap­ter from 1981 un­til 1999. Sur­vivors: He is sur­vived by his wife, Mar­i­anne; son, Charles C. Canning and wife Melody A. of Cen­tre Hall, PA; daugh­ter, Karen M. Moussa and hus­band Farid of Lit­tlestown, PA; twin brother, Robert J. Canning and wife Janet of Wal­nut Creek, CA; and grand­chil­dren, Brid­get Canning, Adib Moussa, Robin Moussa, and Glenn Canning.

Ser­vices: Ser­vices will be held at 10:30 AM on Satur­day, Au­gust 24 in the Stephens Fu­neral Home, Inc. 274 North Krocks Road, Al­len­town. Call 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Fri­day, Au­gust 23 and 9:30 – 10:30 A.M. Satur­day. A Ma­sonic ser­vice will be held at 8:15 P.M. Fri­day by Jor­dan Martin Lodge No. 673. In­ter­ment will be in the Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery, Al­len­town.

Con­tri­bu­tions: In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Sov­er­eign Mil­i­tary Or­der of the Temple of Jerusalem c/o the fu­neral home, 18106.

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