Canavin, Suzanne Teresa

Suzanne Teresa Canavin (NEE Mulvihill), age 76, of Claymont, DE passed peacefully into eternal life on April 25, 2023.

Suzanne was predeceased by her husband John C Canavin, her son Douglas Edward Canavin and four siblings, Mary Rita Hance, Kathleen E Sandilands, Edward J Doran and Marguerite D Smith.

Suzanne is survived by her daughter Cristen M Wooleyhan (James) of Newark DE, son John “Jack” Canavin Jr (Amy) of Lincoln University, PA, and son Daniel J Canavin (Carson) of Port Jefferson, NY.

Suzanne was Nana to her 9 grandchildren; Jacqueline (Shawn), Jesse, Douglas, Jr, Jamie, Zachary, Sydney, Cira, Regan and Hunter. She was GiGi to 4 great-grandchildren; Logan, Myla, Riley and Camryn. Whether she was Nana or GiGi she adored each one of her grands and maintained separate unique relationships with each and she loved them so.

Suzanne is also survived by her loving sister Rose (John) Heggland of Wilton, CT and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Suzanne was born March 22, 1947, in New York City, to John and Mary Mulvihill, both Irish immigrants from County Roscommon and County Down respectively. She was the youngest of 6 children who adored her and doted on her throughout her youth. She went to Annunciation Catholic school in Manhattan; that schooling established her firm foundation in faith. She would later call on this faith for strength. She went on to finish her education in Philadelphia where she later met and married the love of her life, John. Together they were Suzie “Q” and Jack.

Suzie and Jack were passionate for Irish music, and she was gifted with a magnificent voice. Suzie was his muse. They spent their days together, commuting to their 25+ year careers at Conrail before retirement.After John passed Suzanne reignited her career and was Banquet Manager for Finnegans Wake in Philadelphia for several years where she combined her love for Irish music with her vocation.

Suzanne always kept her love for NYC near and dear to her heart, besides routing for the Yankees she also loved to pour over the Sunday NYTimes. She would immerse herself in the real estate section and political news of the day. Conversation with her was always an education and enlightening. Most of her love though was set upon her family. She was so proud of her children and their lives; she loved her nieces and nephews and relished their successes as well. Only recently was she unable to drive herself ‘to and fro’ and this was very difficult for her. We will miss her serenades and her words of wisdom and her pop-ins to see us. She has left a hole in our hearts and an example of resilience to emulate.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, April 30, 3-5 pm at McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pk, Wilmington.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, May 1, 11 am at St. Helena R.C. Church, 601 Philadelphia Pk, Wilmington.

Burial will follow at Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA.

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