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ROOTSTOWN – Richard F. Cannistra, 80, died at 3:31 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at U.H. Portage County Medical Center in Ravenna.

He was born Feb. 16, 1938, in Youngstown, the son of Dominic and Mary Bazala Cannistra.

Richard was a 1956 graduate of McDonald High School and employed as an engineer for over 20 years at General Extrusions in Youngstown, retiring in the late 1990s. He was of the Catholic faith and one of the founding members of The Strokers Hot Rod Club in McDonald. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and camp with his family and friends. He enjoyed traveling, Western movies, and creating new Italian recipes.

His wife, Kathleen Kerrigan Cannistra, whom he married Jan. 1, 1958, died Jan. 19, 2004.

He will be deeply missed by his son, Martin Cannista and his wife, Gina with whom he made his home; two grandchildren, Domenic Cannistra and Erin Cannistra; a great-granddaughter, Eila Grace; and a close cousin, Robert Cannistra and his wife, Elaine of Boardman.

He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Cannistra Jr.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Family and friends may visit to light a candle and send email condolences.

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My deepest condolences

“Now is Richard’s time to rest...may Jehovah God the God of all comfort...comfort his family and friends in this time of need...2 Corinthians 1:3,4”

 » KMB  on October 3, 2018

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