Thomas Francis Canning III

Thomas Francis Canning IIIThomas Francis Canning III was born May 26, 1927 in Jamaica Plain, Mass., to Thomas F. Canning, Jr. and Grace Curry Canning and passed away at home in Ridgecrest, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2021. Tom was 93 at his death and leaves his wife of 41 years, Evelyn. He leaves one brother, Harry (Jean) Canning of South Yarmouth, Mass. Another brother Richard (Betty) Canning preceded him in death. He also leaves two children, Peter (Angelika), of Grand Junction, Colo., and Amy (Larry) of Kansas. Also surviving are his three stepchildren, Jim (Sherri) Bumgardner of Stateline, Nevada, Cathe Pool of So. Lake Tahoe and John Bumgardner of Carson City, Nevada, plus three grand children.

Tom served in the Army at the end of World War II, assigned to Quartermaster Corps in MD to muster our the veterans returning from overseas, and was discharged December 1946. He attended Yale College and graduated in June 1950 with a BE in Chemical Engineering. Tom worked as a chemical engineer for Merck & Co. and also worked for National Research Corp before moving west. He accepted a job with American Potash in Trona, Calif. and moved his family to Trona in May 1958, where he worked for Ampot as a Chemical Engineer. He officially retired in March 1991 from Kerr-McGee (which had replaced American Potash). He then served as a part-time consultant for Kerr-McGee until August 1994.

Tom and Evelyn loved to travel and traveled the world, going on close to 30 cruises to the five major continents and on the five major seas. Tom’s interests outside of engineering included genealogy, bowling, yard landscaping, photography, woodworking and carving. The family will have a private memorial service in the future.

Story First Published: 2021-03-12