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Obituaries » James Stuart Kanney

James Stuart “Jim” Kanney, 80, of Casanova, passed to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

He was born May 5, 1940, in Charlottesville, to the late Ida Naomie Harrison and Grover Cleveland Kanney.

Jim was the beloved husband of Dee Dee Kanney for 33 years, was a wonderful father to his surviving son, Michael Kanney and daughter Marcy Cotov, and a respected father-in-law to Bob Cotov and Dee Pettit-Kanney.

Jim graduated from Waynesboro High School and served his country in the U.S. Air Force, 98th Fighter Interceptor Squadron in Dover Delaware. He was president of A-1 Contracting and later started his own company, Cleveland Construction, retiring in 2001. He stepped out of retirement to work with the USIS, a government contractor until retiring again in 2017.

He was known for his charming Irish smile, repertoire of jokes, love of the Redskins and for his compassion and generosity. He loved to experience life with his family and friends — hunting, fishing, boating, golfing, tractor-riding and gambling. Jim met all of his medical challenges throughout his life with strength, courage and humor.
Jim was a 32nd Degree Mason, a past member of the Almas Temple in Washington, D.C., and served his community as president of the Catlett, Calverton, Casanova Ruritan Club. In 2000 he was named Citizen of the Year for Cedar Run, honoring his many contributions to friends and businesses throughout Fauquier County.

He is survived by his wife; son; daughter; grandchildren, Jonathan Cotov, Chadwick Kanney, Conor Kanney, Madeline Pettit and Alicia Pettit; great-grandsons, Alden Cotov, Everett Cotov, Jameson Kanney and Colin Kanney; sister, Barbara Fitzgerald (Michael); numerous nieces and nephews; a very special niece, Donna Dedrick, and a remarkable aunt, Pat Sanders.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, a private interment will be held at Warrenton Cemetery.

The family wants to thank Dr. Anita Maybach, her staff and Heartland Hospice for their loving care.

Memorial contributions may made to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 18, Casanova, Va. 20139.

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