Vernon Clifton Canfield

Vernon Clifton Canfield, May 2, 1929 – June 17, 2014.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Vern was the oldest of five siblings.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1948 and spent four years in Germany. His active duty in the Army ended in 1954, but he continued to serve the country in the reserves. He graduated Officers Training and ended his career in 1968 as a major.

While stationed at Fort Lewis, Vern met his soul mate, Joan. They married in 1954 – and started their 60-year journey. They had three children.

That same year, Vern began his banking career with National Bank of Washington as a teller. He spent 37 years with the bank and retired as a senior vice president.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and his yearly trips to Mexico. Most of all, he cherished his family. He will be missed.

Vern is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan Canfield; brothers, Fran and Delano of New York; and sister, Minerva; children, Cliff (Mary Lu), Cheri, Cindy (Greg) of Bainbridge Island; grandchildren, Melissa, Benjamin, Jessica, Daniel, Kelsey, and Anna; great-grandchildren, Cylie, Ailey, Ayna, and Mason.

Vern’s life will be celebrated at Wing Point Country Club, Bainbridge Island, on July 26, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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