Services will be private.


In lieu of flowers, a contribution be made in Ethel’s memory to their Capital Improvement Fund (NDCH – SSTV Capital Improvement Fund).

Ethel F. Canty

August 17, 1922 - January 6, 2017

Ethel F. Canty, age 94, of Norwalk passed away on January 6, 2017 at Notre Dame Convalescent Home.  Miss Canty was born at home on Bell Island to Thomas H. and Ethel Smith Canty.  She graduated from Norwalk High School and worked as an assistant to dentist, Harry Hefferan, and later as vice president of  South Norwalk Savings Bank.

Ethel loved to play golf, bet on the Kentucky Derby in memory of her great-uncle the famous “plunger” Pittsburg Phil, and in later years to tell stories of the days when Babe Ruth visited her family home on West Rocks Road.

In addition to her parents, Ethel was predeceased by her sister Helen Canty Coates and her husband Arlington, brother Thomas H. Canty, and beloved niece Ethel Coates Robbins.  She is survived by her brother William H. Canty and his wife Helen of Danbury, several nieces and a nephew.

The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude to the caregivers at Notre Dame Convalescent Home, and request that in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made in Ethel’s memory to their Capital Improvement Fund (NDCH – SSTV Capital Improvement Fund).  Services will be private.

  1. Dear Hank and Sis,
    Sorry for the loss of your sister. I enjoyed her company so much when I put the addition on your home. We will keep her and both of you in our prayers. My wife Barbara and I are in Florida but didn’t want to miss the opportunity to express our sympathy to all of you.

    I know you will have wonderful support from that marvelous family of yours. Hope to see you when we get home. Paul Reilly.

    January 14, 2017
    Paul Reilly -
  • When I emigrated to the US in 1976, Ethel was instrumental in helping me get my first job at South Norwalk Savings Bank. She was not only my wife’s aunt, she was a great friend. We played golf together and enjoyed trips to the racetrack. Ethel and my mom, Peg, become very good friends making my mom’s visits from England even more memorable for all of us. My wife, Suzy, often spoke about when she was young and Ethel would take her to the record store to buy 45s. The Canty family are very special! I can only imagine what Ethel, Peg, and Suzy are talking about now. Maybe they are just hanging out with Babe Ruth and Pittsburg Phil. If only the heavens could talk! Love, Ray

    August 13, 2019
    Raymond Hilson -
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