Ricardo H. Canales Sr.

Ricardo H. Canales was born on October 16, 1953, in Toledo, Ohio. He was one of four children born to Margarito Canales and Carmen (Henanez) Canales. Immediately upon high school graduation, he joined the Teamsters Union and began working as a longshoreman in the Detroit area. After a forty-year career, Ricardo retired in 2019.

A collector, Ricardo valued his treasures. He frequented flea markets and garage sales in search of antiques. Ricardo practically lived outdoors. He was constantly tinkering around his house. A handy man, he bought “fixer upper” homes to resell. Ricardo had even obtained his Builder’s License. A people person, he made fast friends and had a soft spot in his heart for helping those in need. Ricardo also cared deeply for his sister whom he shared his home with for many years. A loving grandfather, he indulged his grandchildren’s every whim and bought them whatever they wanted.

Ricardo H. Canales Sr., age 68, of Toledo, Ohio passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2021 after his long battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his father: Margarito Canales.

To cherish his memory, he leaves his son: Ricardo (Kimberly) Canales Jr.; daughter: Angelita (John) Alamo-Canales mother: Carmen Canales; sisters: Eva Canales and Sylvia; brothers: Carlos (Maryanne) Canales, Jesse Canales and Marty Canales Jr.; grandchildren: Meisha Lee, Deonta Canales, Ricardo Canales III, Olivia Amaya, Bede (Byron) Vinson, Johneisha (Anfernee) Walden, John (Meghan) Alamo Jr., Alexandria “Baby Girl” Alamo, Carmelo Alamo, Aliyssia Alamo, Madyson Alamo, Legend Alamo, Mason Alamo, Eryka Pancone, Shaquill Wilkerson, and Chris Glisson; great grandchildren: Liam, Amaya, Juwelz, Karter, Amada, John III, Kolumbiia, Khaleah, and Alanta; and former spouse: Janie Hudson.

Friends may gather on Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 4:00 – 6:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe, 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. A Memorial Service Celebrating Ricardo’s Life will begin at 6:00pm also at Merkle’s. Cremation has taken place through Covenant Cremation Erie, Michigan.

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