Obituary: David Canary, 77, actor

David Canary

David Canary

Actor, David Hoyt Canary, beloved husband of Maureen Canary for over 33 years, passed away of natural causes on November 16, 2015, at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, Conn.

David was born on August 25, 1938 in Elwood, Indiana to the late Hillary Canary and Lorena Heal. Growing up in Massillon, Ohio, David played football for the famed Massillon Tigers of Washington High School before earning a football scholarship and playing varsity at the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a major in music. After turning down an offer to play professional football for the Denver Broncos in the first year of their existence, David took off for New York City to pursue his passion for acting. He was met with much success in theatre, doing summer stock, regional theatre, on and off Broadway productions, both musicals and straight plays. During his Broadway debut of Great Day in the Morning, with Colleen Dewhurst, David was drafted into the United States Army. After two years of service, David resumed his acting career and soon found himself in Los Angeles, where he began to work in film and television. He appeared in Hombre with Paul Newman, The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre with Jason Robards and Shark’s Treasure with Cornel Wilde to mention but a few.

Television soon beckoned with a stint as Mia Farrow’s physical therapist in the hugely successful night-time soap,Peyton Place. David was seen in a two-part Gunsmoke episode called Nitro, by David Dortort, Bonanza producer, who tapped him to play the role of Candy Canaday, ranch foreman of the Ponderosa, on the iconic western series. He remained there until the show’s finale in 1972.

In 1975, David returned to New York City to continue his pursuit of theatre, and appeared in numerous plays including Tennessee Williams’ final play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, opposite Geraldine Paige. Soon he met and married his wife, Maureen. Just 10 days after the birth of their first child, David began a 26-year stint on the classic daytime drama, All My Children, creating the dual roles of Adam and Stuart Chandler, which garnered him five Outstanding Actor Awards and 16 nominations between 1983 and 2001. David retired from full-time acting in 2010.

In addition to his wife, Maureen, David is survived by his son, Christopher and his wife, Amy of Philadelphia, his daughter, Kathryn and her fiancé, John Rothmeier of New York City, his grandson, Donovan Canary of Philadelphia, and his brother John and wife Paula, of New York City. He was predeceased by his brother, Glenn, in 2008.

Funeral services will be private for immediate family. A memorial tribute is planned for a date to be determined.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church Street, Georgetown, Conn. 06829.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Go to “David Canary Memorial Fund.”

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  • Abby Cohen Marmorale Butterwec

    I am so sorry to hear this and a bit surprised that its the first time I’ve heard of it and its 11/24…David you were a joy to watch on Bonanza as well as Adam/Stewart Chandler on AMC…I wish you God’s speed and my condolences to your family.

    • Makes you wonder. He passed away over a week ago and not one relevant soap or entertainment website reported the news?

      • Laura Clemens

        it’s possible his family or publicist didn’t release it. I’ve seen that happen before in order for the family to take care of arrangements first.

        • His obituary is not on the funeral website either.

          • Karen B

            It says they’re private, so it wouldn’t be listed. It’s being reported by TV Guide and SOD as well.

          • Nora Mullins-Laws

            Yes it is now…

        • Andrew Hass

          I agree.His family may just needed time to get arrangements for his funeral set and greive before publicly announcing he was dead.

      • deLIBERnATION

        The Canary Family released it to the Wilton Bulletin. Though he’s been loved & adored by millions over his illustrious career, he was still someone’s husband, father, grandfather and brother, Those roles trump his artistic achievements,

        • KTtweeter

          Thank you.

        • Cheyenne Cook

          Well said!! Let’s let the family have time to grieve first.

  • Phonda

    i loved this person.a great talented will be missed.and prayers to his wife and sorry for your loss

  • Natalie Henderson Ray

    Our hearts and prayers go to the Canary family.

  • GinaS13

    So sad to hear this. He was a great actor and such a nice man. My mother met him once at the post office and she came back so excited. He took the time to talk to her for a bit. All my best to his loved ones.

  • Susan Gresham

    Oh how I loved to watch David act! RIP to a wonderful actor.

  • Penny Andrews

    So sad to lose such a great actor. He was one of my favorites on ALL MY CHILDREN as I was a big fan of that show. I wish they would bring it back.

  • Sue Riggs Kasiner Cheska

    My sympathy to his family enjoyed him on all his shows he was a wonderful actor

  • Lori Hewitt Bowen

    What a loss! May he rest in peace! I’m sorry for his family’s loss!

  • Whatevah8

    Such a talented guy. RIP.

  • Mary E Brewer

    awww so sad!!

  • Patricia Cody Nunes

    wow, so sorry to hear this news…God Bless you David/Adam/Stuart. Rest in Peace.

  • BDomings

    My condolences to the family. David was a wonderful actor who brought great joy to many! He will truly be missed.

  • Pebbles Hines-Juarez

    Im so sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family. He was such a great actor loved him on AMC Adam/stuart. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. Prayers sent

  • Delores Thacker

    he will be missed by a lot of his fans r.i .p david canary good actor

  • Etta Beckner

    I pray Mr. Canary realized how much entertainment and joy he gave us. I, pray, also, that there may be a “Stuart” to show him around Heaven. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. I feel as though a member of my own family has passed.

  • Deanna Edmondson

    I am so heartbroken to here this news…he will forever be Candy to me even though i loved him on all my children…condolences to his family.may he Rip..

    • jenwest

      he remained handsome across time. His Full Circle song and nice memories from his role as Candy, the foreman on the Ponderosa ranch on YouTube.

  • Rhonda Cantrell

    I am so sorry to hear about David Canary passing away. I loved him in Bonanza and watched him in All my Children. He was a wonderful actor and now he is with his Ponderosa family in the ranch up in the sky. God Bless you David. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this most difficult time. Love ya

  • Leslie Kay Rocketto

    He was a true actor and a very handsome man. My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

  • Kelly A Kampf Sullivan

    Great actor. Watched him for many years. Very sorry for their loss.

  • Kathy

    Sooo sad. What a great time I had watching him play Adam/Stuart for all those years on All My Children. I still will not turn on ABC at noon. Gods speed David.



  • Babs Marchand

    So sorry to hear we have lost him. He was the nicest guy from my hometown of Massillon, Ohio. Deepest sympathies to his family and brother John.

  • Jamie Rubino Sweet

    Omg people, you are complaining about the timing of the news release?! This family suffered a tragic loss. Give them a break. It’s only been 8 days since he passed. Did you ever think that maybe they needed some time to grieve alone?

    • pete

      Just caln down!

  • America_Woman

    I haven’t watched a soap opera in over 25 years but I remember this actor. May his family be comforted by God through His Holy Spirit and may he rest in peace.

  • Nancy Schulz

    So sorry and sad to hear this news… David was one great actor… My heart goes out to his wife and family …

  • Cathy Weaver

    He was always a favorite ! Loved him as Adam/Stuart . He will be missed my condolences to his family

  • shelley simons

    My sincere condolences to the Canary family and friends. David Canary was a wonderful actor and seemed like a very nice man, someone you’d want to be friends with. I enjoyed his work, as did many others on Bonanza and All My Children.

  • Susan French Z

    David had Alzheimers. He was going downhill for awhile. So glad he managed to comeback for the AMC show on Hulu, Great actor and very nice man.

    • Ruth Horne

      He gave all he got through battling that horrible disease. I had a feeling a long while back that that was going on and many people speculated, but I was always one that maintained that unless a family member or publicist released that information, that it was private. And when I said that to people, they got all up in my face about it because I would not go along with their speculations. To me, it just didn’t feel right in my heart. I had heard rumors but so grateful he could do what he loved as long as he could and with gusto. Yes, a great man and a great actor and so glad he could give Adam one last shot. I didn’t care how short his appearances were on the new online. I am just glad he could do it. 🙂

  • I liked him dearly watching him on Bonanza as a child, don’t follow the soap thing, he should of stayed in action or western series.

  • Karen Katz

    a great actor so sad to lose such a great person

  • Neicy Evans

    R.I.P David u will be missed by all ur fans that watch u on All My Children. And Bonanza.

  • Michielle R. Cannon-Finch

    Sincere Condolences to the family!!! I fee like I know David from years of “All My Children.”

  • Patsy Kaiser

    He was a good person loved him on All My Children. Condolences to the family will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts.

  • Helen Mattson Gilmore

    I am so saddened to hear this news , way to young to leave this Earth , will pray for you David & your family . My heart is so heavy . Loved you through the years! Let the dear Lord lift you high!

  • Usunder

    So sad I really liked watching him.

  • Cee Kay

    Aw, this breaks my heart. RIP, David Canary.

  • Dyanne Ayanna Iniko Brocco

    I had a huge crush on him when he was on Bonanza. I’m sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family. Rest peacefully Candy.

  • Judy Long

    Rest In Peace David ~~Loved You On AMC~~

  • Terry Delehanty

    I am so sorry to hear this he was really great in All My Children will miss him great sctor

  • Erica Witzig

    May he rest in peace, and may his family take comfort in knowing he was admired and loved by so many viewers.

  • Lorraine Bassett Decarlo

    I met him when he came to Norwalk Hospital.He was such a kind man,He signed autographs for us.He truly will be missed,RIP David.

  • azatz123

    I am so sorry to hear about his passing. Was a fan of his and my heart goes out to his family,

  • Shanell Ann

    David Canary , was such a sweet man I had the honor of meeting him several time in NYC. Such a great actor he made AMC. My deepest Condolences to his wife and children he will be sorely missed.

    • joyce podhayski

      so very sorry to hear of the passing of David Canary May God comfort you all at this time and down the road ahead. RIP David Canary

    • Beverly Peterson

      David Canary , was such a great actor and person his spirit will always live on in the ones who is a great fan of All My Children I loved watching his performances and now he is with the others that have passed on before him and they are on stage again together

  • Stepha Lovinlife Satterwhite

    RIP DAVID . So sad great actor

  • Carolyn Seiss

    I send my condolences to his family. He was a great actor and he did a wonderful job playing Adam/Stewart Chandler on All my Children. RIP David Canary!!! You will be missed.

  • Suzette J. Smals

    To the family, I’am sorry for your loss. I loved him on bonanza, and never missed AMC. I watched it every day. May God guide you & keep you. Missed you since you left AMC, Will miss you even more. God be with you.

  • disqus_uCEBVaL92f

    Rest in peace dear David Canary! you gave us hours of thrill, suspense and wonder as you held us all captive with your spellbound acting! It was serious & the house was on “shut don for a full hour w/you and the wonderful cast of All My Children” May the family be comforted by God through His Holy Spirit.

  • Ronda Chaddic

    My heart is sad . I loved watching him on all my children . his old films and shows . He was an amazing actor . May God guide the family and friends thru their pain of loss .

  • Kathy Leftwich Baldree

    So sad to hear of his loss. Prayers for the family. He was one of my favorites on bonanza and all my children

  • Beverly Gail Little

    Condolences. .David was an outstanding actor I enjoyed watching him in so many roles. Prayer’s to the family and his friends.. R.I.P.

  • Tina Smith

    So sorry to hear that he passed. My family went to Church with his family many years ago, was just by the place his father owned the other day and told a friend that it was Hilary Canary’s old place. She said who? I said David Canary’s father. Praying for the family. He will be missed. Massillon never forgot him.

  • Michelle Karon

    I’m so sorry to hear the loss of David Canary. I am at a loss for words. I grew up watching All My Children and David Canary was an amazing actor. He wil be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May he R.I.P

  • Char Reid

    He was a great actor and from what I hear a great guy also . He was awesome on All My Children and I loved the show and watching him. May he rest in peace . Xo

  • Virginia

    I had forgotten the joy of watching David Canary portray Adam & Stuart on AMC. Man, he was good. I took him for granted, all that talent, day after day on TV. I now wish I could see him again, just one more time playing Adam (pretending to be Stuart) or the other way. What a delight. Thank you God for David Canary. I am sorry he is gone. What good memories.

  • Debbie Steele

    So very sorry to hear of David Canarys passing , you were my favorite actor on the only soap opera I ever watched for many years Condolences to your family You will be missed by many many people , Heaven is receiving a very talented actor R.I.P our friend

  • eileenhargis

    Families of celebrities often wait until after the service and burial to ensure privacy. Have a public memorial later for friends.

  • Lisa Pattee Miller

    one of the very best men and great fun actor…so glad i got to see him for years on all my children ….i feel it in my gut…that man was great xx hugs to his family

  • Lisa Geall

    R.I.P. David Canary I Met David when I was a like 5 yrs old my grandparents took me to the Bonanza n Ponderosa Ranch .He was a Great Man.Will Be Deeply missed. Condolences to the Canary Family.

  • Lanell Dupuy

    he is in heaven entertaining the angels along with Nathaniel Marston!! RIP David as you have earned those angel wings! Condolences to the Canary family as I lost my precious dad a few years ago from Alzheimer’s/Parkinson’s

  • Milagros DiSpirito

    I had the pleasure of bumping into David at a gas stop on 95 in 1996 on my way to my mother in law funeral. He was so humble when I approach him and mention what a wonderful actor he was. And watching him in Bonanza and some other movies. He said you are to young to watch those movies. We giggles and laugh then I said to him his role as Adam was great. And he was so sweet. May god hold him in his arms. Another light has gone out in the world. Our prayers go out to his family.

  • shirleyt

    David, you were a joy to watch from the time I saw you in the St. Valentine’s Day Massac. to Candy on Bonanza, then the amazing Adam/Stewart Chandler, you will be missed Sorry for you family and may you rest in peace.

  • Ruth Horne

    My favorite soap opera actor of all time.
    I would hope there will be some tribute to him somewhere online or
    elsewhere. Everyday both his brother and he were in our homes in the
    afternoon, going up Erica Kane, Liza Colby, Palmer Cortlandt, Tad,
    Dixie, Enid and others too numerous to name here. And every day Adam
    would be thwarted and Stuart would triumph. But we were the real
    winners, the watchers who got to witness this man’s extraordinary talent
    who played both parts so well that one would swear he was actually
    twins. I will miss him so much.

  • Melanie Silver

    how sad. to be a great actor and have altzheimers. i feel for his family

  • it happens, we all die, turn to dust and bones and dust and the world goes on

  • no one will know him or us in 50 or 100 years, a thousand years we will be totally meaningless

  • Dianne Farrell

    I wrote him a fan letter when he was on Bonanza. He took the time to send me his hand written thank you letter in return. I still have it. My condolences to his family. Rest in peace David.

  • Maria Crisci

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of “Adam Chandler,” The handsome charming and mischievious man who entered my living room on a daily basis and entertained me and my friends from High School to my recent carrer days. I will forever be grateful for the joy and laughter you gave me. I lived for my afternoons with AMC…the cast felt like an extension of my family, I was and will always be a
    fan of AMC and all those who were part of the cast. David….you touched many hearts and lives and will never be forgotten. Thank you for being a part of my life! Maria of Howard Beach

  • patrobeck1ofhis

    David was a great talent and very generous, had the pleasure of worshiping with his Dad and Uncle in church. He left us way too soon, but lived a full life.

  • Barbara Thompson

    Sending prayers to the family of David Canary. He will be missed by all that knew him. He was a great actor.

  • katbird_27

    I grew up watching the ABC soaps. I loved the Stewart character as it showed that you can have a happy life even if you are “different” It is sad you died so young.

  • Dlphins

    My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family. R.I.P. David.

  • Annie

    Such sad news, I have followed his career since Bonanza, terrific actor, handsome man, and a blessing to America for his service, You will be missed. R.I.P. and love to his family and friends.


    My condolences to the Canary Family,
    I really enjoyed Mr. Canary as “Candy” on Bonanza,
    He was such a handsome man!
    Thank-you for sharing him with the world,
    Rest in Peace Mr. Canary

  • Fed Up

    I am so sorry to see this. I thoroughly enjoyed watching David on All my Children. What a top notch actor. He will be missed. RIP sir.

  • Vicki Winn

    Loved this body of work remember Candy on Bonanza just one left Adam! RIP

  • Tina Byrd Payne

    I am devastated to see this! What was wrong with him? I never really met him other than a quick hi and snapping his pic in 2002. I tried so hard to get a fast pass to see him at SSW and they ran out before I could. He was one of the very best and I am heartbroken. Praying for his loved ones. Stuart and Adam are forever in my heart.

  • Monica Barnett

    I am saddened to hear of David Canary’s passing. He played his roles on All My Children and One Life to Live superbly. My sincerest condolences to his Family and Friends. Rest in peace David Canary.

  • sandra webber

    missed and loved God Bless

  • TriceHarpo

    I loved watching Adam- Stuart on All My Children. I was about 15 watching the Soaps, which this one was my favorite. Very handsome man…

  • I sure hope it wasn’t in the coal mine.

  • linda Cooper

    My prayers go out to his family, loved watching this fantastic human being act , my brother and I loved to watch our favorite Soap opera ,ALL MY CHILDREN, BECAUSE YOU WERE IN I, R.I.P…QUIET on the set.

  • Glorious Sun

    RIP David – I will always remember how I appreciated your acting before I appreciated acting in general. You where a fierce “Adam Chandler” and the sweetest “Stuart Chandler”…My prayers to his family, friends, loved ones and fans. We lost a true gem.

  • Sally Cafiso Fester

    Such a shock!! I watched your for years as Adam & Stewart on AMC and met you at our 25th class reunion (Maureen (wife)! You were a joy and will be truly missed on the screen.. Deepest sympathies..

  • My deepest sympathy to the Canary family. I loved this man’s work. He will be greatly missed and always loved.

  • Cynthia L. Nelson

    I grew up watching him play all the great roles. A true actor like you don’t see any more. God bless

  • Cheyenne Cook

    David…there are no words to express how missed you are to the world of Daytime TV. Thank you for bringing to life not only one of the most dastardly characters ever (Adam) but also one of the kindest…Stuart. May you rest in peace and prayers to your family.

  • Margie Wriston

    So Sadden To Here of His Death Great Actor i am 38 I Have known who he is My Whole Life…My Mom Was A SUPER FAN OF SOAPS She loved everyone of them…Her Fav was All my Children She Loved him as Adam She Passed in 2006 Before Most of the shows were cancelled,.I had a Dream of her her When all the talk they were going pff the Dream she was sitting next to me and i was telling her about the shows being taking off.. All my children was Playing in my dream..And She just started Crying..i know if she were here she would be so sad as well..R.I.P. LOVE AND HUGS TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS..GOD BLESS..YOU ARE MISSED..

  • Juliet

    Hugs for his family

  • Helena

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. You will be greatly missed by all your fans. Thank you for all the years you entertained us with your amazing career.

  • aleshamom4

    I am stunned and saddened to hear of Mr Canary’s passing. What an amazing person and actor, #RIP and prayers to those left behind

  • Clayton Jones

    I’m 58 and grew up watching bonanza, loved candy. RIP

  • Mary Soto

    You will surely be missed. I enjoyed many years watching you as Adam and Stuart. May God Bless Your soul ad give your family Strength through these hard times. See you someday again. We now have another bright star above twinkling down upon us.

  • Kevin Hickey

    Candy, Adam, and Stuart…you will be missed in Wilton…you are a Wilton treasure…

  • Diana Ruth Bumgardner Salinas

    From what I know of him David Canary was one of the best actors I have ever known on television Broadway and movies When he came about the Adam /Stuart was very good. R.i.P David Canary we will miss you and love you
    Sorry for your loss Mrs. Canary and your family

  • CatherGine C. Cato

    Just heard the news. So sorry to hear this. David was a great actor. Just wish I had heard this on the 16 or 17th of Nov. so sorry to hear this. Catherine C. Cato

  • Natalie Kuhn

    I started to cry when I heard the news. I’m heart broken over this. I watched him almost my whole life. He was a fantastic actor, and apparently quite the gentleman. I am still in disbelief. I have nothing but respect for Mr.Canary, may he rest in peace. May god be with your loved ones during this difficult time.

  • Marcella Godbold

    Rip,David… thoughts n prayers are with the family… you were a good actor.. loved you on all my children….

  • Bob Seipp

    Just found out about this brilliant mans passing. I have been a fan of his pretty much since I can remember. Lots of prayers, and love to his family and freinds! So many have left us in 2015 very sad. RIP Sir

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