Johnnie Bastiano “John B” Canella

Staff reports

A school bus driver and sugarcane farmer, he passed away Dec. 28 at his home in Palo Alto, surrounded by family and friends. He was 93 and a native of Palo Alto.

He received the Mass of Christian Burial with the Rev. Cleo Milano celebrating the Mass and was interned in St. Raphael Cemetery, Point Pleasant.

Survived by three daughters (Maria Ishmael and husband Patrick, Lou Anna Canella, and Elsie Wonnacott and husband Tommye), a son (Victor Peter Canella), a sister (Lena Canella LeBlanc), grandchildren (Lisa H. Coker, Troy and Tara, Brad and Cyndy, Travis and Kristen Canella, Anthony, David and Bruce and Heather Wonnacott, Brandon and Jonathon and Jenna Canella, Jessie and John Fournet, Brent Coker and Stephanie Wonnacott), seven great-grandchildren (Indigo Coker, Colton and Bradleigh Canella and Dustin, Cody, Tre’, and Kailey Wonnacott), sister-in-law (Lena Canella), former daughter-in-law (Lorna Canella).

Preceded in death by his wife (Lena Mae Percopo Canella), daughters (Joanne Canella and Glenda Fournet), parents (Victor and Frances Campesi Canella), son-in-law (Victor Joseph Canella), sisters (Rosie and Josephine Canella, Annie Sciortino, Frances Bourg, Catherine LeGlue, and Mary Canella Zito), brothers (Frank, Sam, and Nat Canella), infant brothers and sisters, mother-in-law and father-in-law (Peter and Giovannia Fiorito Percopo), and cousin and sister-in-law and brother-in-law (Katherine Ferina Percopo and Joseph Percopo).

He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor who took pride in everything he did, from raising children to a great vegetable garden