Nestor R. Canoy
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Nestor R. Canoy
  • March 7, 1927 - July 27, 2017
  • Columbia, Missouri

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Nestor Rabe Canoy



1927-2017





Nestor Rabe Canoy, M.D., 90, of Columbia, Missouri passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at his daughter’s home in Cebu, Philippines. His son, Rev. Chas Canoy, celebrated a funeral Mass in Cebu on Monday, July 31. His remains were brought to Columbia, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, (903 Bernadette Drive) at 10:00 a.m., followed by a brunch reception in the parish hall and the Rite of Committal at Memorial Park Cemetery (1217 Business Loop 70 West).



Nestor was born on March 7, 1927 in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, the son of the late Mariano and Laureana Rabe Canoy. He married Lolita Montano on April 12, 1953 in Manila. They both graduated from the University of the Philippines with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. They came to the U.S. for their respective residencies with Nestor receiving his Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. He and Lolita returned to Cebu to open Canoy Clinic and he concurrently served as the Director of Radiology at a number of hospitals. He also taught at Southwestern University College of Medicine.



When martial law was declared in the Philippines in 1972, he moved his family (including his in-laws the Honorable Justiniano and Ligaya Montano) to Columbia, Missouri and accepted the offer to be Associate Director of Radiation Oncology at Ellis Fischel State Cancer Hospital. He later opened his private practice, Radiation Oncology, Inc., and served Boone Hospital Center, Bothwell Regional Health Center and Samaritan Hospital.



He was a devout follower of Jesus Christ and an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, where he attended daily Mass and served as a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion. He was a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He delighted in playing golf, his Thursday and Saturday breakfast groups, the CCMO "wild bunch" group, and family road trips around the country.



Nestor is survived by his children: N.J. (Nestor Justin) and wife Peggy of Columbia; Lita Quisumbing and husband John of Cebu; Fr. Chas of Jackson, MI; and Chip and wife Sarah of Columbia. Also surviving are his grandchildren Jon Erik and wife Janeen Quisumbing of Cebu, Justin Quisumbing of Cebu, Solomon and Grace Canoy of Columbia, and great grandchild, Janna Quisumbing of Cebu.



Also surviving are his brother Reuben and wife Solona of Cagayan de Oro; sister Yolanda Limjoco and husband Jorge of Los Angeles, CA; sister-in-law Inday Canoy of Manila; sister-in-law Irene de los Angeles of Manila; brother-in-law Julian Montano and wife Nilda of Cavite; sister-in-law Eleanor Montano of St. Louis; brother-in-law Rogelio Manalo of Manila and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He had four very special caregivers, Ludette Legardo of Columbia and Nimpha Cayson, Zenaida Sayon, and Eddie Villarin of Cebu.



In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Henry, sister Elsie Escobar, and of course his beloved wife Lolita, who passed away on May 19, 2015. May they all share in the eternal joy of the Holy Trinity and all the angels and saints!